AUBURN, Ala. — The LSU volleyball team closes out a two-match Southeastern Conference road trip on Sunday against Auburn at 5 p.m. at Auburn Arena.
The match will be air live on the SEC Network and will be streamed online through WatchESPN.
“Auburn has been a team that has given us some challenging and exciting matches recently, and certainly we expect nothing different this time around,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “They have a dynamic offense that will keep us on our toes, but if we play solid defense and stay in our system, we will have the opportunity to be successful.”
LSU (6-8, 2-1 SEC) will put a two-match winning streak on the line Sunday after a 3-2 victory over Georgia on Friday in Athens.
LSU outside hitter Gina Tillis earnined the second-most kills by an LSU player in a single match and the most in the rally scoring era with 37 kills, while setting a new career mark with 19 digs against Georgia.
Haley Smith led all players with her seventh 20-plus dig match of the season with 24.
Auburn (9-5, 1-1) has been off since getting swept by Texas A&M on Wednesday at home.
TWO TIGERS ADVANCE IN ALL-AMERICAN TOURNAMENT: In Tulsa, Okla., two of the three tennis players who competed in the opening round of the ITA All-American tournament on Saturday advanced to the second round.
Simon Freund of LSU defeats TJ Pura of Duke 6-3, 6-4, and Gabor Csonka of LSU defeated Luke Johnson of Clemson 6-0, 6-3.
Damon Niquet of William and Mary defeated Cameron Andry of LSU 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
On Sunday, LSU’s Freund will face Julian Childers of Illinois at 9 a.m. Csonka will face Joshua Wardell of Florida at 9:30 a.m Andry will play in a consolation match.
OWENS FALLS AT ITA ALL-AMERICAN PREQUALIFIER: In Pacific Palisades, Calif., junior Abby Owens fell to TCU’s Marie Norris 6-2, 6-5 in the opening round of prequalifying for the ITA All-American Saturday at the Riviera Club.
Owens and senior Skylar Kuykendall will team up for the opening round of prequalifying for doubles Sunday at 10 a.m. The duo earned a bye in the first round and will take on either Laura Gulbe and Dzina Milovanovic of Pepperdine or Maria Alavarez and Kelsey Laurente of Oklahoma State.
TIGERS 11TH, LADY TIGERS 13TH AT CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL: In Fayetteville, Ark., Dajour Braxton led LSU, placing 30th and helping the men finish 11th, while Morgan Schuetz led the Lady Tigers to 13th-place finish while placing 63rd overall at the Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival.
A total of 33 teams competed in the 8K and 5K races .The men finished with 254 points, and the women finished with 349 points.
Arkansas defended its home course in both races with the men placing first with 26 points and the women winning with 18 points.
Arkansas’ Dominique Scott won the 5K race with a time of 16 minutes, 7.18 seconds, and Marc Scott from the University of Tulsa won the 8Krace in a time of 23:30.90.
Braxton led the Tigers with a time of 24:34.18. Junior Christian Johnson was the second LSU runner to finish, placing 88th with a time of 25:28.34.
Schuetz led the way for the Lady Tigers for the third straight week, finishing 63rd with a time of 17:58.09. Freshman Hannah Bourque was the second Lady Tiger to cross the finish line with a time of 18:40.32 for 139th place. Freshman Erika Lewis also placed in the top-150 clocking 18:44.08.