Riding the wave of a big winning streak, the LSU volleyball team fought off a tough Georgia squad to extend its season-long streak to seven matches in a 3-1 (25-15, 17-25, 28-26, 25-20) victory Sunday.
After taking the first set, the Tigers (12-7, 7-3 Southeastern) were put to the test by Georgia (10-11, 2-7), going into the intermission break tied at a set each, with LSU rallying to take the third and completely controlling the fourth for the win.
“We started really comfortably, but we didn’t finish very comfortably,” coach Fran Flory said. “Credit Georgia, they played very well through the middle portion of the match and forced us to make some plays. This was not the level of intensity that we are used to playing with, so we got to get in the gym and get better.”
The Tigers had three players finish with double figure kills led by Briana Holman with 15 kills, hitting .407 to go along with her game-high five blocks. Katie Lindelow and Cati Leak each earned double-doubles for LSU, as both finished with 11 kills, with Lindelow having 15 digs and Leak providing 13.
TIGERS DROP MATCH TO NO. 8 FLORIDA: LSU’s junior goalkeeper Catalina Rubiano turned in a series of highlight-reel saves early in the first half to keep the Tigers level, but the eighth-ranked Florida Gators flexed their offensive muscle throughout the match for a 3-0 victory at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (5-12-2, 1-8-1 SEC) started with Rubiano making the first of her six saves to deny Florida’s All-American striker Savannah Jordan from close range just two minutes from the opening kick. It would be a theme over the next 20 minutes as Rubiano stood tall in the face of the Florida attack.
LSU THIRD IN ALAMO tourney: In San Antonio, LSU sophomore golfer Caroline Nistrup had eight birdies in the first round of The Alamo Invitational as she became the fourth player in school women’s history to post a 6-under par 66 round.
Nistrup is in second place after one round of the 54-hole event, one shot behind first round leader Sophia Schubert of Auburn at 7-under 65. A total of 23 golfers posted under par rounds at Briggs Ranch course.
Included in those under par rounds was senior Madelene Sagstrom of LSU at 3-under 69 and junior Elise Bradley had a 1-under 71.
LSU posted a 9-under par 279 and is four shots behind co-leaders Arkansas and Auburn at 13-under par 275.
Team results (par 288)
1. Arkansas 275 -13; 1. Auburn 275 -13; 3. LSU 279 -9; 4. Texas A&M 283 -5; 5. Florida State 286 -2; 6. Baylor 289 +1; 6. Texas State 289 +1; 8. Oklahoma 291 +3; 9. Tulane 292 +4; 10. Texas Tech 293 +5; 11. UTSA 294 +6; 12. Texas 295 +7; 13. TCU 296 +8; 13. Houston 296 +8; 13. SMU 296 +8
Top 5 Individuals (par 72)
1. Sophia Schubert, Auburn, 65 -7; 2. Caroline Nistrup, LSU, 66 -6; 3. Maddie Szeryk, Texas A&M, 67 -5; 4. Samantha Marks, Arkansas, 68 -4; 4. Gaby Lopez, Arkansas, 68 -4; Clara Baena, Auburn, 68 -4; 4. Lydia Gumm, Florida State, 68 -4.
2. Caroline Nistrupm, 66 -6; T8. Madelene Sagstrom, 69 -3, T16. Elise Bradley, 71 -1; T33. Carly Goldstein, 73 +1; T76. Nadine Dreher, 86 +14
LSU WRAPS UP CONFERENCE CHALLENGE: In College Station, Texas, LSU scored victories in singles and doubles at the 2014 Conference Challenge at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
On the doubles side the Tigers collected two victories as the teams of Boris Arias-Simon Freund and Harrison Kennedy-John Michael Busch both had win.
The Tigers added two more victories in singles action as Arias and Eric Perez won in straight sets.
The Challenge gave the Tigers something to build on as they get closer to the spring season.