Nov. 17, 2012
- Match Promotions
- Sunday afternoon's Senior Day matchup marks the Lady Vols 54th meeting against the LSU Tigers. Prior to the match, UT seniors Jasmine Brown, Leslie Cikra, DeeDee Harrison and Kayla Jeter will be honored.
- The Lady Vols topped the Tigers in Baton Rouge in five sets earlier this season on Oct. 10. With that win, UT narrowed LSU's lead in the series to 33-20. It was the third straight win over LSU for the Big Orange.
- This match marks the 24th meeting in Knoxville, with Tennessee hanging onto a slim 12-11 lead at home.
- The two sides, which have played at least once every year since 1981, have played 11 five-setters and 14 four-setters in the all-time series. 28 of the 53 meetings have ended in straight sets.
- Over the first 20 years of the series, LSU had a winning streak of 14 matches and held UT to just nine wins in 30 meetings. Since Coach Rob Patrick has arrived at Rocky Top in 1997, UT has beaten the Tigers 11 times. He now holds an even career record of 11-11 against LSU.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
- LSU - the seven-time defending SEC West Champ - enters the match in fourth place in its division with a 12-15 overall record and an 8-10 mark in SEC play after losing a four-setter at Florida on Friday.
- Before playing at Mizzou last week and at Florida on Friday, LSU had won three straight matches. The Tigers are 4-8 in road matches this season.
- LSU has led the Southeastern Conference all season in one major statistical category, while hanging around the middle of the pack in many others. The Tigers lead the league with 17.0 digs per set. In SEC matches only, LSU ranks first with 18.17 digs per set, while UT is second in the category (17.32).
- The Tigers ranks seventh in the conference in both blocks per set (2.3) and assists per set (12.4), and come in at eighth in the league in kills per game (13.2).
- Leading the Tigers offensively are Madie Jones and Desiree Elliott. The duo ranks sixth and 10th in the SEC in kills per set, respectively. Jones is averaging 3.65, while Elliott is picking up an average of 3.40 per set. Elliott also ranks 15th in the conference in hitting percentage (.269).
- Senior Meghan Mannari leads the squad defensively and ranks second in the SEC with an average of 4.86 digs per game. At the net, freshman Khourtni Fears ranks fifth in blocks per set (1.05). Dishing of 10.21 helpers per game, sophomore setter Malorie Pardo ranks sixth in the conference in assists per set.
- Head Coach Fran Flory is in her 15th year at the helm of the Tigers. She reached the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons and has an overall record at LSU of 279-171.