BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford University volleyball fell, 3-1, in a closely-contested match with Louisiana State to open the 2021 Samford Invitational, Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Fans filed into the Pete Hanna Center for the second home match of the season, and the Bulldogs responded with incredible energy out of the gate. Freshman defensive specialist Kate Morgan had a 7-0 serving run that included four aces and three kills from senior outside hitter Lauren Deaton. The Pete erupted as LSU was forced to call an early timeout without a point on the board. The Bulldogs continued to pour on the points well into the opening set building to a 17-8 lead when the Tigers used their final timeout of the frame, but the Bulldogs were not to be denied sealing the set 25-10.
The second frame proved to be much tighter than the opening set as the Bulldogs and Tigers were locked in a back-and-forth affair. LSU took control of the second set behind a five-point run, 17-13, but the Bulldogs fought back with a pair of big time kills from sophomore middle blocker, Kate Wonus, and Deaton. Despite the late Samford charge, the Tigers secured the second set 25,22.
The Bulldogs looked to rebound in the third set, matching the Tigers swing for swing in the early part of the set until the Bulldogs had a pair of three-point runs that opened a 12-7 Samford advantage. The Tigers battled back knotting the all-important set at 14-14. The seesaw continued until LSU was able to take a narrow lead 22-20, prompting a quick timeout from head coach Keylor Chan, but the Tigers would take the third set 25-21.
In the fourth set the Bulldogs looked to regain their first set momentum opening to a 5-3 lead early, but LSU bounced back with a 9-2 run leading Samford 12-7. The Dogs continued to battle stringing together a few mini-runs and staving a match point before dropping the final set 25-19.
FROM THE BOX SCORE
- Lauren Deaton led all scorers with 20 kills, while Kenya McQuirter and Sarah Hayes Farley also posted double-digit kills with 12 and 10 respectively.
- Kayla Keshock set the offense tallying 42 assists and seven digs.
- Kate Morgan and Emily Naubert both tallied double-digit digs with 14 and 16 respectively, while Morgan also had four service aces in the opening set.
- The Tigers were led by Kylie Deberg-Kuyava who tallied 16 kills.
- The Bulldogs will close out the Samford Invite against Troy University on Sunday, September 19 at 2 PM in the Pete Hanna Center.