Madie Jones and Meghan Mannari helpd lead the LSU volleyball team to a 3-2 comeback victory — 22-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 15-6 — over South Carolina on Sunday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
“I don’t know the answer to this team, but I’m thankful that they have the fortitude and the drive to come back and finish when they have to do it,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “We truly can’t keep doing this and survive. However, I’m proud of them for their effort and proud of them for the way they rebounded. I’m certainly excited that we are growing up as a team, gaining confidence and maturing which is ever so important for late this season and next year, as well.”
Jones had 23 kills on a .333 hitting percentage, while Mannari had 39.
For South Carolina (12-15, 3-14 Southeastern Conference), Juliette Thevenin had 19 kills and 10 digs. Teresa Stenlund and Cara Howley each had 11 spikes, and Megan Kent added 10 kills. Defensively, Paige Wheeler had 27 digs.
The win placed LSU (18-9, 11-6) back into sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division after Arkansas lost earlier Sunday to No. 19 Florida in five sets. Both LSU and Arkansas have three matches remaining in the regular season.
“Madie likes pressure situations, she thrives in that,” Flory said. “I think if we could create the match and make it hard from the start for Madie, she’d probably be good to go. There are players that are primetime players, and Madie has certainly proven to be that for us. She has great heart, possesses great spirit and great determination. When those things are put together, she’s flowing and really has a good feel of the game. She’s awfully difficult to stop. “
LSU’s Malorie Pardo had 56 assists, 12 digs and three blocks. Michele Williams had 15 kills and five blocks, and Desiree Elliott had 12 kills and six blocks. Freshman Helen Boyle added 12 kills.
On the back row, Lauren Waclawczyk had 15 digs a three aces. Victoria Jacobsen came off the bench for nine digs.
LSU visits No. 18 Kentucky at 6 p.m. Friday.
NONCONFERENCE TICKETS ON SALE: The LSU Athletics Ticket Office puts single-game nonconference tickets for men’s basketball on sale at 8 p.m. Monday at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and online at LSUtix.net. Ticket sales for groups of 10 or more for all games, excluding the Jan. 28 Kentucky game, also begin Monday.
Single game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12.
Group tickets are $5 for nonconference games and $10 for SEC games.
Still on sale are the two LSU men’s basketball miniplans. The Pick 3 plan, for $39, offers the choice of three home games, excluding the Jan. 28 Kentucky game. The Pick 5 plan, for $75, allows a choice of five home games, including the Jan. 28 game.
The men’s basketball team next plays Coastal Carolina at 6 pm.. Tuesday in Conway, S.C.