BATON ROUGE, La. – The Alabama volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21) decision Sunday at No. 16 LSU in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 9-14 on the season and 1-12 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the Tigers improve to 21-2 overall and 12-2 in the league.
Senior Alyssa Meuth led all attackers in the match with 14 kills, while sophomore Kelsey Anderson tallied a match-high 13 digs. Senior Kayla Schmidt and junior Stephanie Riley split the setting duties collecting 15 assists and 16 assists, respectively.
Alabama recorded the first two points of the match and remained in control until a block put LSU in front 7-6. The Tigers scored the next three consecutive points, all of which were earned, that led the Tide to use a timeout. Alabama pulled within two at 14-12 but would not come any closer as LSU used a 7-2 run to take its largest lead of the frame at 21-14. The Tide scored four additional points in the first before the Tigers closed out the set with a kill for the 25-18 win.
LSU capitalized on a trio of errors by Alabama to start the second. The Tide cut its deficit to one on four occasions with the final time coming at 24-23. With the score set at 24-21, Alabama rattled off a pair of points to close the gap, however an attack error by the Tide would award the second to the Tigers 25-23.
LSU stuck first in the final set of the match with a kill and failed to give up the lead throughout the duration. Alabama tied the third twice early on before the Tigers strung together an 11-6 run for the 13-8 advantage. The Tide bounced back and cut the LSU lead to one three times with the last coming at 19-18. From there, LSU scored three straight points to build a buffer once again and continued to lead by as many as three for the rest of the set. A kill would put the match away giving the Tigers the 25-21 win.
For the match, LSU hit .352 with 50 kills and 13 errors, while Alabama recorded a .192 hitting percentage with 39 kills and 19 errors. The Tigers had one more block than the Tide (5.0-4.0), however LSU did commit three more service errors than Alabama (8-5).
The Tide will play its next two matches in Tuscaloosa as it welcomes Tennessee and Kentucky to the CAVE. Alabama will take on the Lady Volunteers on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. CT. Sunday's match against the Wildcats is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT and will air live on FSN.