The LSU volleyball team opens up a four-match homestand Friday against Georgia in the program’s annual Pink match to promote breast cancer awareness. First serve is 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU (11-6, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) enters the weekend in sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division, a half-match ahead of Mississippi State.

LSU has won five consecutive meetings over Georgia (8-10, 4-4) and leads the all-time series 28-19.

Georgia’s Brittany Northcutt and Kathleen Luft have connected for 3.28 and 3.10 kills per set, respectively, to rank ninth and 10th in the SEC. Defensively, Allison Summers has 3.89 digs per set (fifth in the SEC).

LSU’s offense is headlined Desiree Elliott, Madie Jones and Michele Williams. The trio has combined to rack up 33 double-digit kill performances this season. And Malorie Pardo has 11.39 assists per set, third best in the SEC.

LSU’s back row of Sam Delahoussaye, Meghan Mannari and Lauren Waclawczyk has a combined 25 double-figure dig efforts.

Also, former LSU player Regan Hood was one of 12 players selected to the U.S. National Team that will compete at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The competition starts Saturday and will take place at the Pan American Volleyball Stadium.


LSU CONTINUES SEC ROAD SWING AT AUBURN: 18th-ranked LSU continues its four-game SEC road swing with a visit to Auburn, Ala., on Friday night to battle SEC West rival Auburn at 7 p.m.

LSU (10-4-1, 5-1 SEC) enters the weekend in a tie for first place with Florida atop the SEC.

The Tigers, coming off a 2-0 shutout at Kentucky, own a six-point lead over Auburn (9-4-1, 3-3) in the SEC West.

LSU also owns a four-game winning streak and five-game unbeaten streak against Auburn.

LSU is tied for the No. 1 spot among SEC teams, scoring 15 goals and recording 17 assists in six conference games. The Tigers are also ranked No. 1 in the SEC with 47 points scored.

LSU features one of the SEC’s top defenses, allowing a league-low six goals for a 0.98 goals against average in SEC action.

After playing Auburn, LSU will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face Alabama at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Swimming and diving

LSU TO TAKE ON FLORIDA STATE AND FLORIDA: LSU heads to Florida to compete in its second and third dual meets of the season.

Both teams will face Florida State at 2 p.m. Friday in Tallahassee and then will compete in the first SEC dual meet at Florida at noon Saturday.

Four returning NCAA qualifiers in senior Samantha Goates, juniors Sara Haley and Jana Ruimerman and sophomore Torrey Bussey will lead LSU.

On the diving side, freshman Alex Bettridge was honored as the SEC Female Freshman of the Week. In her first collegiate meet, Bettridge notched the sixth highest 3-meter dive score (318.00) in program history. Her six-dive score qualifies her for Zone Regionals.

The men’s team is led by junior swimmers Craig Hamilton and Andrei Tuomola. On the diving side, senior Matt Vieke and sophomore Daniel Helm will lead a quintet of competitors.

Hamilton holds the LSU program records in the 500 free (4:22.17), 1,000 free (9:06.59) and 1,650 free (15:02.32).

LSU graduate Neil Harper coaches Florida State.

Florida returns eight All-Americans on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s side.