Nov. 19, 2010
by Koby Padgett
Assistant Media Relations Director
BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite another stellar effort from senior libero Hannah Lawing, South Carolina (7-21, 4-14 SEC) could not overcome No. 16 LSU (24-3, 15-3 SEC), as the Tigers won a three-set decision, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19, in front of 1,238 fans at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday night. Lawing posted 19 digs, which propelled her to the rally-scoring era single-season digs mark. With 502 digs on the season, Lawing needs 24 more to move past Diane Denton’s all-time single-season mark. Fellow senior Megan Laughlin tallied 11 kills while hitting a team-best .222. Freshman Juliette ThÃƒÂ©venin led the Gamecocks with 12 kills, seven coming in the final set, while adding 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. Madie Jones led the Tigers with 10 kills without an error, hitting .500. Angela Bensend had seven kills and 11 digs, while Lauren Waclawczyk led LSU with 13 digs. Meghan Mannari added 11 digs. Michele Wiliams tallied seven kills and a match-best five blocks.
The Tigers used two Williams blocks to cap a four-point run that gave LSU the 14-9 lead in the first. Another three-point skein stretched the Tigers’ advantage to 20-14. LSU closed the set on a 5-1 run, with Desiree Elliott posting three kills in the stretch. Laughlin did post four kills for the Gamecocks without an error in the first, while both Bensend and Elliott had four each for the Tigers.
Things tightened up in the second set, as the Gamecocks used a variety of attacks and attackers to tie the frame at 13-13. The three-point string that tied it included a kill and let ace by ThÃƒÂ©venin. The Tigers took back the advantage with a 4-1 stretch that made it 18-15 before closing with a 6-1 run to end the frame at 25-20. Laughlin matched LSU’s Jones with five kills, while Lawing posted six digs for the second-straight set.
LSU controlled the third after South Carolina got within one at 7-6 thanks to three back-row kills from ThÃƒÂ©venin. A four-point run by the Tigers swung the momentum, making it 11-6. The advantage continued to grow until the Gamecocks made a stand late. Down 23-15, the Gamecocks posted four-straight points, with kills coming from Laughlin, ThÃƒÂ©venin and freshman Megan Kent to go with a Taylor Bruns ace. But the Tigers posted two blocks to end the frame at 25-19 and the match in three. The Tigers had six blocks in the final frame.
The Tigers won every stat category, with the big advantage coming in blocks (10-1). LSU also outhit South Carolina, .241-.081.
The Gamecocks conclude the final road trip of 2010 on Sunday at Arkansas, with first serve set for 1:30 p.m. CST in Barnhill Arena.