The LSU swimming and diving teams will welcome Southeastern Conference rival Alabama men (2-1, 1-0 SEC) and women (2-2, 0-1) for a duel meet at the LSU Natatorium on Friday at 1 p.m.
Amanda Kendall, who will make her collegiate season debut for the LSU women (1-2, 0-1 SEC). Kendall returns from the Pan American Games with four gold medals in four events and three Pan Am Games records in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay, 4 x 200 free relay and 4 x 100 medley relay. She also posted top-seven mark for the 2011 cycle and a lifetime best 54.75 in the 100 free.
The Tigers men are seeking their first victory on the season after falling to SEC powers Auburn and Florida and non-conference foe Florida State.
Senior diver Matt Vieke, who has earned two SEC Male Diver of the Week awards for his efforts, has top scores of 330.45 in the 1-meter and 371.48 in the 3-meter, both tops in the program this season.
Tigers sophomore Ricardo Alvarado Jiminez has notched top times for the year in the 100 breaststroke (55.64), the 200 breast (2:01.88), and the 200 individual medley (1:53.86).
Sophomore Torrey Bussey has posted top times through four meets in three events. Her marks in the 100 breast (1:03.84), 200 breast (2:18.10) and the 200 IM (2:03.83) will only improve as the season unfolds.
LSU TRAVELS TO FACE AUBURN: In Auburn, Ala., LSU looks to build off its comeback victory over versus Mississippi State and wraps up its run of six consecutive contests against the SEC Western Division Friday at Auburn. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. from the Student Activities Center.
LSU (15-8, 8-5 SEC) heads into the contest tied with Arkansas in the SEC West. The Tigers also have emerged with 20 consecutive victories over Auburn going back to the 2001 season.
During LSU’s 3-1 victory over Auburn earlier this season, Desiree Elliott, Madie Jones and Michele Williams each produced double figure kills. Jones connected for 12 of her team-high 17 kills over the final two stanzas.
Auburn (10-14, 4-10 SEC) is paced by Kelly Fidero, who is coming off a 27-spike performance to claim a 3-2 triumph and season sweep over Alabama.
PURPLE EDGES GOLD, 5-3 IN GAME 2 OF LSU INTRASQUAD WORLD SERIES: LSU catcher Ty Ross collected three hits and two RBIs, and right-hander Aaron Nola fired three shutout innings to lead the Purple to a 5-3 win over the Gold in Game 2 of the Purple-Gold World Series Thursday at Alex Box Stadium.
The three-game intrasquad series concludes with Game 3 at 3 p.m. Friday. The Purple captured a 6-1 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday.
The Gold can still win the Series if it defeats the Purple by eight or more runs on Friday.
Ross was 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs Thursday to pace the Purple’s 10-hit output. Second baseman Casey Yocom and first baseman Evan Powell were both 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Nola started the game for the Purple and recorded three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
“There’s no question Aaron Nola is going to have a very important role for us this season,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He was outstanding on the mound today as he has been throughout the fall. He reminds me of (former LSU stars) Louis Coleman and Jared Bradford in that he has great versatility and can excel as a starter or reliever.”
The Gold was led by rightfielder Mason Katz, who delivered a two-run double, and by second baseman Beau Didier, who provided a solo homer. Tyler Hanover and JaCoby Jones each recorded a double for the Gold squad.
Nick Rumbelow posted a save for the Purple, working a scoreless final inning with two strikeouts.
The Purple will start right-hander Joe Broussard in Game 3, while the Gold will counter with right-hander Kurt McCune.
FREE INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES AND WINTER CLINICS SET: The LSU softball coaching staff will offer a free instructional series on consecutive Mondays during November at Tiger Park.
All participants must live in the state of Louisiana or within 100 miles of Tiger Park. Each session will run from 7-9 p.m.
The staff will share philosophies, fundamental skills, remedies to common flaws and offer an inside look into LSU softball. For more information, contact assistant coach Lindsey Leftwich at email@example.com.
Nov. 7 - Coaching, 7-9 p.m. Because of NCAA regulations, only coaching staff members may attend this session.
Nov. 14 - Hitting, 7-9 p.m.
Nov. 21 - Pitching, 7-9 p.m.
LSU TRAVELS TO UTAH FALL INVITATIONAL: In Salt Lake City, the LSU women’s tennis team begins the Utah Fall Invitational at the Eccles Tennis Center on the Utah campus Friday.
The tournament is the last competition of the fall season.
Tournament play begins Friday at 9 a.m. with the first round of doubles, followed by the first and second singles rounds.