Oct. 8, 2012
- Wednesday night's match on ESPNU marks the 53rd meeting between the Lady Vols and Tigers. The teams have faced off at least once every year since 1981.
- The Tigers currently lead the series by a 33-19 margin, but the Big Orange has taken the past two meetings. LSU is UT's fifth most-played opponent.
- After topping the Tigers in four sets in Baton Rouge last season, the Lady Vols shutout LSU at home on Nov. 20, 2011 to clinch at least a share of the Southeastern Conference title. Tennessee posted a blistering .415 attacking clip in the win and went on to win its first outright SEC championship.
- This match marks the 23rd meeting in Baton Rouge, with LSU holding a commanding 17-5 advantage at home.
- Over the first 20 years of the series, LSU had a winning streak of 14 matches and held the Lady Vols to just nine wins in 30 meetings. However, since head coach Rob Patrick has arrived at Rocky Top, Tennessee has beaten the Tigers 10 times. He holds a mark of 10-11 against LSU.
- It's the second straight season and fifth time since 2001 that the Lady Vols and Tigers will play on television. LSU currently holds a 4-1 margin over the Orange & White in those matches. UT won the last TV match with a 3-0 decision in Knoxville last season.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- The LSU Tigers enter the midweek tilt with a 7-10 overall record and a 3-5 mark in SEC play after splitting their matches for the third straight week. LSU has won an incredible seven consecutive SEC Western Division titles entering the year.
- The Tigers have league wins over Kentucky, Mississippi State and most recently South Carolina, who they shutout on Sunday. LSU's conference losses have come against Alabama, South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas and Georgia.
- LSU comes into the match ranking in the middle of the SEC in most statistical categories. However, the well-balanced Tigers rank fourth in the league in digs per set (15.76).
- Junior Desiree Elliott and senior Madie Jones pace the Tiger attack this season, with Jones coming off a stellar week. The outside hitting averaged 5.12 kills per set and hit at a .313 clip last week. She notched a career-high 26 kills vs. Georgia, including 10 kills during the third set. On Sunday, Jones added 15 kills on 29 swings with no errors for a .517 attacking mark.
- Elliott, the Tigers' middle blocker, comes in averaging a team-best 3.52 kills per set and a .278 hitting percentage. She leads the team with 218 kills and is second on the squad with 54 total blocks, including a team-best 16 solo.
- Sophomore setter Malorie Pardo is the quarterback of the Tigers, dishing out 10.39 assists per set - a mark that ranks seventh in the SEC - and a total of 644 helpers on the season. She's coming off a career-best 64 assist performance against Georgia last week.
- LSU head coach Fran Flory is in her 15th year at the helm of the Tigers after taking over prior to the 1998 campaign. Flory has won seven straight SEC Western Division crowns and has reached the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons. The 2009 SEC and AVCA South Region Coach of the Year has an overall record at LSU of 274-166.