ATHENS, Ga. - The LSU volleyball team ends a four-match road swing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Georgia.
LSU (16-8, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) enters Sunday’s game a match ahead of Arkansas in the SEC Western Division race. The Tigers have won six straight and 11 of their last 12 outings over the Bulldogs (10-15, 6-9 SEC).
“This is going to be a battle down the stretch to see who is able to win the SEC West,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “The type of performance we got against Auburn is only a cherry on top if we take care of business at Georgia. We’re going to have to bounce back and keep moving forward. Hopefully, we’ll be a ready for another grind it out type of match.”
LSU claimed a 3-1 victory versus Georgia earlier this season at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers ripped a .403 team hitting percentage, and Madie Jones had home 16 kills, while Desiree Elliott belted 12 spikes on a .647 hitting percentage.
Friday, LSU beat Auburn 3-1.
“After the Mississippi State match, our team remembered that they were suppose to win,” Flory said. “We lost sight of who we were and what we’ve accomplished over the last six seasons. Our players were led into a direction of we are, we can, we’re capable and we will as the players thought mentally prepared this week.”
SHUTTLE AVAILABLE: LSU has announced its transportation plan for fans wanting to come to the Maravich Center for the season-opening game between LSU and Nicholls State at noon Saturday.
With the LSU football team hosting Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. Saturday, football parking passes will be the only ones honored.
There will be a shuttle system from the free grass parking lots off River Road (Hayfield and Levee). Shuttles will run from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and then for one hour after the end of the game. The shuttles will pick up at the Levee lot between LSU’s soccer field and Tiger Park softball stadium and drop off on North Stadium Drive next to the Maravich Center.
Fans wishing to take the shuttle back to the Levee lot after the basketball game will be picked up on the north side of the Maravich Center on Cypress Drive (on the practice facility side of the building).
Fans going to park for the shuttles in the River Road lots, are reminded they should enter the campus area from Nicholson Drive and not try to go through the main campus where cars are charged for parking.
Doors will open in the PMAC at 10:30 a.m. LSU previously announced there will be no charge for the game.
WOLF ADVANCES TO SINGLES AND DOUBLES FINAL AT UTAH FALL INVITATIONA: In Salt Lake City, LSU senior Whitney Wolf advanced to the A singles final with a win over Utah’s Danielle Flores 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the Utah Fall Invitational on Saturday on the Utah campus.
Wolf will take on Utah’s Sarah Pham on Sunday.
Wolf also teamed up with Keri Frankenberger to reach the doubles main draw final. The pair defeated Manuela and Marlena Pietzuch of Boise State 8-5 in the quarterfinal and then beat Utah’s Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova 8-6 in the semifinal. Wolf and Frankenberger will face Utah’s Flores and Natasha Smith in the final.
Kaitlin Burns reached the A consolation semifinal defeating Utah’s Lucia Kovacikova 7-6, 6-0, 12-10. She will play Boise State’s Sonia Klamczynska in the consolation final.
“We had a good day up and down,” LSU coach Tony Minnis said. “We have been improving and it’s starting to show into the end of the fall season. We just need to finish it off.”
ERNST HELPS USA TO OVERALL GOLD MEDAL: In Trinity, Texas, the American team which included LSU’s Austin Ernst combined to win the The Spirit International Amateur title Saturday at the Whispering Pines Golf Club.
The Americans in the combined men’s-women’s best-ball format closed with an 11-under par 133 to post a 72-hole total of 545, 31-under par (133-144-135-133). The USA finished 10 shots ahead of Mexico and Argentina, which posted a 21-under 555.
The American men paced the final round, shooting an 8-under 64 that allowed Nathan Smith and Kelly Kraft to capture the title at 18-under par 270 by two shots over Canada.
Ernst and Emily Tubert got the women’s bronze after a 3-under 69 that put them at 13-under 275. Korea won the women’s gold at 15-under par 273 with Argentina at 14-under 274. The LSU sophomore had three birdies in her final round.