Kylie DeBerg saved her best for her former teammates.
DeBerg, a three-time volleyball All-American who transferred to LSU from Missouri this past summer, had 19 kills and a season-best .444 hitting percentage in LSU’s 25-22, 25-15 25-12 straight sets sweep of Mizzou Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU (6-8, 2-3 SEC) hit a season-high .419 and held Missouri (3-14, 0-4 SEC) to a .186 hitting percentage. LSU had more kills (47-37) and were able to keep the mistakes to a minimum, recording just 10 total errors to Missouri’s 27. LSU also recorded seven blocks and kept all Mizzou players under 10 kills.
The win Wednesday night snapped an LSU 10-match losing streak in head-to-head matches against Missouri.
“We finally stayed with the game plan,” LSU head volleyball coach Fran Flory said. “We worked real hard this week offensively to hit the right shots, play above the net and use our strengths, and that is what we did tonight. We have been pretty efficient, but also efficient at scoring for the other team. Missouri made us play clean volleyball and we did that, especially in set two where we scored 22 points. That is a big step from last weekend and how we executed. I could not be prouder of our kids.”
Besides DeBerg, Taylor Bannister was efficient for LSU as she contributed 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage, also her highest of the season. Middle Bbocker Whitney Foreman posted seven kills and seven total blocks highlighted by a season-high three solo blocks. Outside hitter Anna Dixon led Missouri with eight kills, followed by Kaylee Cox and Brynn Carlson to seven kills each.