LSU volleyball combines to sweep SEC’s Player of Week award

LSU’s volleyball program experienced a hat trick of sorts with outside hitter Kylie DeBerg (co-offensive), libero Raigen Cianciulli (co-defensive) and setter Ella Larkin (freshman) all shared in the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week award the league announced Monday.

DeBerg led the Tigers with 4.82 kills per set behind a .233 hitting percentage and added two aces. She totaled 19 kills and a .444 hitting percentage in the win against Missouri. In the first match against nationally ranked Florida, she registered 13 kills, but in the second match against the Gators where she turned in her fifth match this season with 20 or more kills, and her fourth double-double on the season (21 kills, 11 digs) and had a pair of aces.

DeBerg currently ranks No. 3 in the SEC with 4.22 kills and 4.78 points per set.

Cianciulli paced the Tigers’ defense with 4.89 digs per set, highlighted by 25 and 26 digs in the two matches against Florida. She has logged 20 or more digs in seven of the last eight matches and ranks No. 2 in the SEC with 4.89 digs per set this season.

Larkin directed the Tigers offense to a .268 hitting percentage this weekend as she registered 9.00 assists per set. She also recorded 3.50 digs on average and had nine kills on 14 errorless swings (.643) over 10 sets. Her best match of the weekend was in the upset against Florida with 41 assists, 19 digs and six kills.

Larkin currently ranks No. 9 in the SEC with 7.11 assists per set.

LSU’s coming off a 2-1 weekend capped with a win over previously ranked No. 20 Florida in four sets. The Tigers will gear up for a two-match series October 14-15 against No. 5 and defending national champion Kentucky at the PMAC.

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