STARKVILLE, Miss. — Michele Williams had 14 of her 16 kills and connected for a .357 hitting percentage after the first set to help rally the LSU volleyball team from a two-set deficit and down a match-point to take a 3-2 comeback victory — 15-25, 26-28, 26-24, 25-15, 15-11 — over Mississippi State on Sunday at the Newell-Grissom Building.
LSU (15-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-match losing streak and moved into a first-place tie with Arkansas in the SEC Western Division. It was the first time that the Tigers erased a 2-0 deficit since beating Kentucky in October 2007.
Williams became the 18th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills.
“Michele came in with a different level of determination during today’s match,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “She wasn’t feeling her best, but she battled through.”
Madie Jones had 18 kills and Desiree Elliott added 12 kills and six blocks. Malorie Pardo had 55 assists and 10 digs for team-leading ninth double-double of the season.
Mississippi State’s (10-13, 5-9 SEC) Caitlin Rance had 22 kills, 11 digs and five blocks.
LSU HEADS TO TENNESSEE FOR SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Maryville, Tenn., the LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams will race in the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships on Monday at Lambert Acres Golf Course.
The Tigers also own four of the five best SEC individual times over four miles this season. Cullen Doody (19 minutes 40.00 seconds), Richard Chautin (19:48.41) and Roger Cooke (20:13.00) are the three fastest at that distance in the SEC this season. William Wiesler’s time of 20:36.00 is fifth-best in the SEC.
The LSU women’s team will be led by Leigh-Ann Naccari who holds the 19th-best 5,000 meters performance in the SEC with a time of 17:48.00.
The men’s 8K race is scheduled for a 9 a.m. CDT start, while the women’s 6K race will begin at 10 a.m.
TIGERS SWEEP DOUBLES AT USF INVITATIONAL: In Tampa, Fla., the LSU men’s tennis team went 3-0 in doubles Sunday to conclude their run at the USF Invitational.
The Tigers got wins from Stefan Szacinski and James Turbervill, Tom Knights and Matt Zachary, and John Michaelis and David Roberts.
Knights, Roberts and Zachary also earned singles wins.
Anas Rouchdi (Troy) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 6-2, 6-4
Sami Ghorbel (Troy) def. James Turbervill (LSU) 6-3, 7-5
Tom Knights (LSU) def. P Eichler (Troy) 6-1, 6-2
David Roberts (LSU) def. M Athare (Troy) 0-6, 7-6, 7-5
Matt Zachary (LSU) def. J. Eccleton (Troy) 7-5, 6-2
T. Davies (Troy) def. John Michaelis (LSU) 6-2, 6-1
Stefan Szacinski/James Turbervill (LSU) def. Sami Ghorbel/Eichler (Troy) 8-5
Tom Knights/Matt Zachary (LSU) def. Athare/Rouchdi (Troy) 8-1
John Michealis/David Roberts (LSU) def. Cundy/Eccleton (Troy) 8-5