Miami defeated the LSU volleyball team in five sets 27-25, 13-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8 Saturday night as the Tiger Classic came to a close Saturday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Miami’s Alex Johnson was named the MVP of the tournament, while LSU’s Meghan Mannari was named the Defensive MVP.
Also making the all-tournament team for LSU (3-1) were Desiree Elliott and Madie Jones, while Miami also placed Katie Gallagher and Ryan Shaffer on the team.
Louisiana-Lafayette’s Blair Claypoole and Jacksonville State’s Stephanie Koontz made the all-tournament team as well.
Earlier Saturday, LSU racked up 14 service aces and 10 blocks to top Jacksonville State 25-9, 25-14, 25-12.
Also Saturday, ULL beat Alcorn State 25-10, 25-10, 25-8 before falling to Miami 25-19, 25-21, 25-16.
LSU’s Mannari had a career-best seven aces, including four in a row during the third set to wrap up the sweep. She also totaled a match-high 10 digs as the Tigers limited Jacksonville State to 14 kills and forced the Gamecocks (0-3) into a negative .041 hitting percentage for the match.
“We’ve really worked hard on our blocking in the preseason, and I was really disappointed (Friday) in that phase of our game,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “We’ve talked about trying to be a great serving and blocking team as one of our preseason goals. … (Saturday) morning, that phase of our game showed up.”
LSU’s Malorie Pardo handed out 30 assists and sparked the Tigers to an efficient .403 hitting clip. Pardo also chipped in four blocks and four digs.
Jones belted a match-best 12 kills on 18 swings with only one error to register a .611 attack ratio. From the middle, Elliott had nine kills, five blocks, four aces and four digs, while Michele Williams had eight kills and three blocks.
LADY JAGUARS LOSE TWICE: In El Paso, Texas, Southern (0-4) fell in straight sets to both Nicholls State and Portland State in the final day of the El Paso Sports Commission Volleyball Invitational on Saturday.
Nicholls State (2-2) had 36 kills in a 25-15, 25-16, 25-9 win over SU (0-3), led by five different players with at least five.
Senior Rachel Yezak and junior Kathryn Stock had a match-high eight each, while junior Jennifer Brandt tacked on seven. The Colonels finished with a .266 hitting percentage, including .375 in the second set.
Portland State (3-1) beat Southern 25-20, 25-13, 25-14.
The first set had seven tie scores and three lead changes, but the Vikings dominated the final two.
The Vikings hit .340 in the match as freshman Katie O’Brien had a .800 (8-0-10) attack percentage and outside hitter Aubrey Mitchell registered a .667 (9-1-12) mark.