FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Playing statistically its worst match in a month, the LSU volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Arkansas 3-2 (21-25, 19-25, 25-21-25-21, 15-9) Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers extended their winning streak to nine matches.

The Lady Tigers (14-8, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) came on strong in the final three sets by limiting their unforced errors against Arkansas (11-13, 5-6).

“It’s not our best performance, but I’m really proud of how they responded,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “We fought through adversity getting here and we have kids playing through injury and they played themselves off of the wall.

“They refused to let another team dictate how they were going to play, and if they were going to lose it was because they were beaten and not because they gave up.”


Vale Coasta wins Jack Kramer Invitational: In Rolling Hills Estates, California, sophomore Joana Vale Costa won the Jack Kramer Invitational on Sunday for her first tournament title as a Lady Tiger.

Vale Costa beat Southern California’s Giuliana Olmos 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-0.

“I’m really excited for Joana to take her first title. She really earned the win today against a very experienced and solid player,” LSU coach Julia Sell said.

“She was down a match point in the second and came back to win.”


Baucom, Urch on SEC all-freshman team: LSU striker Jorian Baucom and defender Alexis Urch were named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team on Sunday.

Baucom was LSU’s leading scorer with eight goals and four assists.

Urch started all 20 matches in central defense for the Tigers this season as a leader on the back line.