The LSU volleyball team used a balanced attack to claim a 3-0 sweep over Houston in its home opener on Saturday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Center.
The Tigers (9-2) won by scores of 26-24, 25-13 and 25-19. The nine wins on the season matches the win total from 2016. Houston fell to 4-4.
“Quite honestly, the pressure was on us because we did not have a great year on this floor last year," coach Fran Flory said. "A few of those demons came back in this match and the anxiety of ‘I am not comfortable here,’ came in. We have not gotten to practice on the Maravich floor a whole lot so I was a little concerned with how we started then we kind of backed off. With the pressure situation of a home opener and a good Houston team, I thought we did a good job. I am super proud of our kids.”
LSU will open Southeastern Conference action Friday by hosting Texas A&M at 7 p.m.
TIGERS TO HOST VANDERBILT IN SEC OPENER: Following a 1-0 win over No. 19 Cincinnati on Thursday night, the LSU soccer team will make its SEC Network debut on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. in the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (7-0) matched their best start to a season with their win over the Bearcats and remained one of only six perfect teams in NCAA Division I soccer heading into Sunday’s home match.
Sunday is Girl Scouts Day at the LSU Soccer Stadium as all Girl Scouts Louisiana East members ages 5-12 are invited to participate in a halftime event during the contest. Girl Scouts in attendance must register in advance at LSUsports.net/girlscouts. Free LSU soccer key chains will also be handed out at the gate to fans attending the match.
The Commodores (5-3) arrive in Baton Rouge well-rested and with momentum on their side following a weekend sweep with a 1-0 win at Western Kentucky on Sept. 8 followed by a 3-1 win over Lipscomb last Sunday. Senior All-SEC striker Simone Charley and sophomore defender Jackie Welch lead the Vanderbilt attack with a team-best two goals apiece this season.