The LSU volleyball team puts its nine-match winning streak on the line at 6 p.m. Thursday at Texas A&M.

It is the only match on the Southeastern Conference Network on Thursday and the final time LSU will be featured on the main network.

Heading into Wednesday, only LSU and Florida had played 12 SEC matches. The Tigers will get a break after the A&M match with eight days between matches. The road match at Texas A&M will mark LSU’s sixth over an eight-match stretch.

“It’s been a tough road, and we do have some players who are fighting through fatigue and some minor injuries — but this is the point where you have to be completely focused on the next match and not look too far ahead,” coach Fran Flory said. “Our focus is on Texas A&M and how solid they are, and after we’ll look at recovery and treatment to get our players ready going forward.”

The Tigers (14-7, 9-3) are in prime position to not only solidify a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth, but also to put pressure on the two teams ahead of them in the standings, Florida and Kentucky. In winning nine straight, the Tigers went from the bottom three to the top three.


EIGHT MEETS TO BE BROADCAST: A record-tying eight LSU gymnastics meets will be broadcast this season, ESPN and the Southeastern Conference office announced Wednesday.

All five of LSU’s home meets will be televised by ESPNU, SEC Network or SEC Network+, a digital-only platform.

In addition, three road meets will be televised. LSU’s conference meets at Auburn on Feb. 13 and at Alabama on Feb. 27 will be on the SEC Network, and the SEC Championship on March 21 will air on ESPN2.

The SEC Championship will be tape-delayed with first airing slated for noon March 28.

LSU’s season opener against Iowa on Jan. 9 in the Maravich Center will be on SEC Network+ at 7:30 p.m.

Four other meets, including a Feb. 6 showdown with Georgia and the home finale March 6 against Minnesota, will also be broadcast.


BAUCOM NAMED TOP FRESHMAN: LSU striker Jorian Baucom was been named the SEC Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness.

Baucom, a Phoenix-area native, wrapped up her rookie season as LSU’s leading scorer with eight goals. She ranked sixth in the SEC in goals and seventh in the league with 20 assists.