LSU volleyball hosting second straight tournament with Tiger Challenge

LSU’s volleyball team hosts its second straight weekend tournament beginning with a 10 a.m. match Friday with Troy at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers (1-2) follow that match Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Iowa State and finish the event at 3 p.m. Saturday against No. 21 Penn State.

LSU dropped two of three matches in last week’s first tournament, claiming a sweep of Samford for its lone win.

Outside hitter Sanaa Dotson was LSU’s offensive leader with 4.33 kills per set (52 total). She opened the season with her first career LSU double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs versus Samford and turned in a career-high 21 kills and .319 hitting percentage against Rice.

first ranked opponent this season, No. 21 Penn State.

LSU is coming off a 1-2 weekend in the Tiger Classic. After sweeping Samford in the season opener, the Tigers dropped a four-set match to Houston and a five-set match to Rice. Overall, the newly constructed team showed positive signs as they outhit their opponents .224-.187 and logged more kills (165-137) and digs (195-167) than the opposition.

Outside hitter Sanaa Dotson paced the Tiger offense with 4.33 kills per set (52 total) and had four aces. Dotson opened the season with her first career LSU double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs versus Samford, and turned in a LSU career-high 21 kills with a .319 hitting percentage and a career-best three aces against Rice. Right side Hannah Jacobs followed with 3.00 kills per set (36 total) and had 10 total blocks on the weekend. Outside hitter Samarah Hill rounded out the top hitters with 2.50 kills per set (25 total) and added 2.10 digs on average.

Josie Vondran and Maddie Waak split setter duties last weekend. Vondran received most of the reps and had a weekend-high 38 assists against Rice. Waak, a true freshman, made her collegiate debut against Houston and had a team-high 28 assists.

Libero Ella Larkin ended last weekend as the SEC leader with 65 total digs and 5.42 digs per set, highlighted by a career-high 34 digs against Rice. Middle blocker Anita Anwusi helped anchor the defense at the net with a team-high 1.00 blocks per set (12 total) and chipped in with 21 kills.

LSU is 4-14 all-time against this year’s field. The Tigers will host Troy and Iowa State for the first time ever, while Penn State makes its return to Baton Rouge since 2006.

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