TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The LSU volleyball team will look to build on its recent five-set victory and concludes an eight-match road swing at Alabama. First serve is 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Tigers (8-3, 1-0 SEC) put a two-match losing streak in the rear view mirror Friday with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Ole Miss. Madie Jones emerged with a season-high 18 kills, with five in the fifth game.
“We’re going to go to Madie in those types of situations because she loves it when we rely on her,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “We challenged her in practice during the week to be the one to lead the way and what a fabulous response by her when we needed it the most.”
Malorie Pardo handed a career-best 60 assists and 12 digs.
LSU’s Meghan Mannari racked up 21 digs at Ole Miss.
Alabama (6-5, 0-1 SEC) dropped a 3-1 decision Friday to Arkansas.
SKUPSKI RACKS UP SECOND WIN AT USTA FUTURES: In Costa Mesa, two-time All-American Neal Skupski overcame a shaky start against Masayoshi Ono to win his second in a row at the USTA Futures Qualifier Tournament.
Skupski, ranked No. 31, trailed early, but came back to claim the first set 6-3. Skupski picked up the pace and won the second set 6-4.
“Neal had a shaky start, but picked up his game to come out with an impressive victory,” assistant coach Danny Bryan said. “With two consecutive wins under his belt, I look forward to watching him play tomorrow.”
LSU’s Mark Bowtell fell to UCLA standout Alex Brigham in the first set 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
The Tigers continue action Sunday.
BURNS ADVANCES TO CONSOLATION BRACKET FINAL AT GOPHER INVITATIONAL: In Minneapolis, LSU’s Kaitlin Burns advanced to the final of the Mauer Singles Consolation Flight at the Gopher Invitational on Saturday.
With Saturday’s win, Burns has won five or her past seven singles matches dating to the end of last season.
“I thought Kaitlin improved her play a lot today in two quality wins,” LSU coach Tony Minnis said. “It’s very early in the season but it’s good for us to get these matches in and we’re looking to improve all the time.”
Seniors Whitney Wolf and Olivia Howlett both fell in the third round of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas Saturday.
Play resumes in Minnesota and Texas at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Burns will go for the Mauer Consolation Championship against Wisconsin’s Hannah Berner while the other Lady Tigers participate in consolation and practice matches.
Mauer Singles Flight
Sonja Molnar (Iowa) def. Rebecca Bodine (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
Mauer Consolation Flight
Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Alaina Trgovich (Wisconsin) 6-2, 7-5
Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. Simona Cacciuttolo (Iowa State) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)
Mauer Winners Consolation Flight
Doron Muravnik (Minnesota) def. Rebecca Bodine (LSU) 7-6 (5), 6-0
Love Singles Consolation Flight
Hayley Everett (LSU) def. Elizabeth Przystawski (Bradley) 6-3, 6-3
Ashleigh Chiaf (Missouri) def. Hayley Everett (LSU) 6-3, 6-1
Augustus Singles Flight
Megan Born (Gustavus) def. Paige Bahnsen (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
Koivu Doubles Consolation Flight
Burns-Bodine (LSU) def. Gaard-Krebsbach (GAC) 8-4
Gray Doubles Consolation Flight
Everett/Bahnsen (LSU) def. Loprinzi/Nixon (ISU) 8-2
Lorraine Guillermo (Pepperdine) def. Whitney Wolf (LSU) 7-5, 6-2
Khunpak Issara (Pepperdine) def. Olivia Howlett (LSU) 6-3, 6-2