The LSU volleyball team swept two games at the Tiger Classic on Friday, beating Alcorn State 25-7, 25-14, 25-12 and topping Louisiana-Lafayette 25-13, 25-13, 25-6. Louisiana-Lafayette won an earlier game, rallying to beat Jacksonville State 23-25, 25-18, 13-25, 25-23, 15-13.
In other state volleyball action, Southern lost two matches at the El Paso Sports Commission Invitational, falling to Texas-El Paso 25-13, 25-9, 25-14 and then losing to Texas-Arlington 25-8, 25-14, 25-11.
In the late game, Malorie Pardo dished out 38 assists to spark the LSU volleyball team to a program single-match record .638 hitting percentage as the Tigers rolled over Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Tigers (2-0) improved to 32-11 during their first tournament with Flory at the helm and already have secured their 12th consecutive winning opening weekend.
“We had a great effort and a great level of intensity throughout the entire match,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “It was a great crowd, our students came out tonight with amazing support and filled the building with energy. The ability of our young group to maintain their intensity for an entire match was really a positive.”
Desiree Elliott, Madie Jones and Michele Williams racked up 34 kills on 43 swings with only one hitting miscue for an astounding .767 hitting clip.
Helen Boyle tacked on an all-around solid effort with seven kills, four digs, two assists and a block.
LSU played suffocating defense to limit ULL (1-1) to a .073 hitting percentage coupled with an impressive 88 percent sideout efficiency for the match. Lauren Waclawczyk had a match-best 11 digs.
LSU concludes the Tiger Classic Saturday against Jacksonville State and Miami. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
In the earlier game, Jones and Nicole Willis pounded nine kills apiece to fuel the LSU volleyball team to a sweep of Alcorn State.
Victoria Jacobsen distributed a career-high 11 assists. The Tigers had 35 kills and finished with a .300 hitting percentage.
Lesley Mirarchi led a balanced Cajuns offensive attack with 16 kills in the season opener against Jacksonville State. Tonice White (9), Blair Claypoole (8), Kerrilyn Lazare (7) and Lavinia Tataran (7) combined for 31 kills.
In her debut at libero, Taylor Meade paced the Cajuns’ defensive efforts with 21 digs.
The season got off to a less-than-stellar start for coach Nathaniel Denu and the Southern volleyball team as the Jaguars were swept in El Paso.
UTEP had an attack percentage of 41 percent. As a team UTEP posted 46 assists. In game two, Southern allowed 33 UTA kills and a .338 attack percentage.
In the first game, Senior Ja’Quincia Williams led the Jaguars with four kills. Senior Kirsten Buggage led the team in digs with 15.
Williams also led the team in kills (6) in the second game. Sophomore Chanda Journet added 16 assists.
The Jaguars return to action in the El Paso Sports Commission Invitational on Saturday against Nicholls State at 10 a.m. and Portland State at 5 p.m.