BATON ROUGE-Outside hitter Sanaa Dotson recorded a season-high 21 disposals and a .581 slugging percentage to lead the LSU volleyball team (5-6, 1-1) in a five-set victory over Alabama (8-6, 0-2) on Saturday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in front of 1,013 fans.
The Tigers won the first set, 25-16, before dropping the next two, 25-22, 25-16. LSU forced the fifth inning after an impressive fourth frame (25-14) with an A. 739 slugging percentage and won the fifth inning 15-12. The Tigers have won three straight home opener games.
The Tigers had 69 finishes compared to Alabama’s 52, and the Tigers also had a superior strike rate of .finished 362 .221 overall. They also posted nine blocks, while the tide had five.
Behind Dotson’s stellar performance, outside hitter Kylie Deberg recorded her third double-double with 14 disposals and 13 digs, and libero Raigen Cianciulli tallied another 20 dig game with 21 to lead all players. Right-hander Taylor Bannister also added 11 disposals.
Outfield hitters Shaye Eggleston and Kendyl Reaugh led Alabama with 11 disposals apiece. Judge sider Kennedy Muckelroy had 10 finishs, and outside hitter Sami Jacobs took 10 digs.
LSU began firing the game on all cylinders, taking seven of the first eight points to build a 7-1 lead and forcing an Alabama timeout.
Alabama came back from the timeout and continued their own run to cut the Tiger lead to 9-8.
The teams then traded points and action to a 16-15 score in favor of LSU.
The Tigers would break the deadlock, rallying for nine of the last ten points to win the set, 25-16.
Dotson and middle blocker Anita Anwusi led the way with four disposals and each and a slugging percentage of.800. Bannister and Deberg each made three disposals, and the Tigers hit a collective.406.
The teams action to a 9-9 score to start the second set, with Deberg and Abby Marjama of Alabama each recording two early eliminations for their respective teams.
Alabama would take the next four points to lead 13-9 and force an LSU timeout. LSU responded well after the break, winning six of the next eight points to tie the game at 15.
The set would remain incredibly balanced, with 11 ties and five lead changes as Alabama led 20-18.
After the tide put their lead at 23-19, LSU rallied by three straight points to cut the lead to one and force an Alabama timeout. But the tide took the final two points to shut it out, 25-22.
Both teams are striking.324 overall. The Tigers were led by Deberg’s five disposals and Bannister’s four disposals.
Alabama took a 6-4 lead thanks to a pair of Shaye Eggleston finishs. Despite a couple of Anwusi disposals, the Tigers would trail 12-6 for a timeout.
Hannah Brister shot for the Tigers twice in a row after halftime, but Alabama held on to its lead, 19-13, leading to another Tiger timeout.
The tide kept their foot on the gas for the rest of the inning, winning the game on an 8-3, 25-16 run.
The Tigers would be the team to take an early lead in the fourth set, going 9-4 with middle blocker Whitney Foreman recording two disposals and a block assist.
Alabama’s Brooke Slussler hit two straight aces to cut the lead, but LSU led 15-11 thanks to deberg’s five early disposals.
The Tigers won seven of the next eight points after the timeout to force another one out of the tide with the score at 21-12.
LSU continued to put pressure on the fourth set piece, ending on a 12-3 run to win the set, 25-14.
The Tigers finished the set with seventeen disposals without a single foul and a completion percentage of .739, while Alabama batted alone.050.
The fifth and final set was tense from the jump; six of the first eight points were due to fouls as Alabama led 5-3.
Three Dotson eliminations would bring the score to level 7 and force a timeout from the tide.
Both teams fought bravely, and there were seven draws before LSU began to pull out.
With a score of 11, the Tigers won four of the last five points to close the duel, 15-12.
The Tigers are back in action on Friday. 13, at 18 p.m. in Starkville, Miss. when they face Mississippi State. The match will be broadcast on SEC Network+.