Post by Cubicle No More ... on Dec 2, 2022 1:43:45 GMT -5
Volleyball Opens NCAA Tournament Against Hawai’i
December 1, 2022 - 01:04 PM
STANFORD, Calif. – The LSU Tigers are set for its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance and will open the tournament with a 6:30 p.m. CT match against No. 8 seed Hawai’i Friday, December 2 at Maples Pavilion.
The match will be streamed on ESPN+ with Jordan Watkins and Ben Ross on the call.
LSU (15-13, 9-9 SEC) is making its first appearance in the Big Dance since 2017 after earning its first winning season since 2019 under first-year head coach and LSU Alumna Tonya Johnson.
On the other side of the bracket is the overall No. 4 seed and weekend host Stanford, who will battle against Pepperdine in the first round at 9 p.m. CT on Friday on The Farm. The first-round winners will meet in the second round at 8 p.m. CT Saturday, December 3.
The Tigers are hitting .221 this season behind 12.78 kills and 11.79 assists per set. LSU holds a 10-1 record when hitting over .250 in a match, including a 7-0 mark when hitting over .300. Defensively, LSU allows its opponents a .204 hitting percentage thanks to 15.57 digs per set. LSU has held teams under a .200 attack percentage 15 times this season and averages 2.08 blocks per set.
Outside hitter Sanaa Dotson leads the Tigers with 3.67 kills per set (411 total) and 25 aces this season. Dotson is followed by counterpart Paige Flickinger who averages 2.70 kills per set, 20 aces and 2.60 digs per set. Flickinger has a team-high nine double-doubles this season, including three in the last four matches of the regular season.
Libero Ella Larkin lead the SEC with 494 total digs and 4.41 digs per set, ranking No. 62 and 76 in the NCAA, respectively. Larkin is four digs shy of breaking into the top 10 of the program’s record book for the most digs in a single season (Raigen Cianciulli No. 10 at 498 total digs) and has accumulated four 30-plus dig performances this season.
Setter Josie Vondran directs the offense with 6.59 assists per set and has contributed 101 kills, 57 blocks and 13 aces. Freshman setter Maddie Waak has registered 4.38 assists per set to go along with 18 aces and has three double-double this season. Middle blocker Anita Anwusi leads the team with 1.13 blocks per set (126 total) and has collected 206 total kills on the year.