2008 LSU Tigers Volleyball
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Congratulations to LSU Tigers Volleyball -- 2008 SEC West Volleyball Champs!
LSU Volleyball has a strong history. Before, Florida rose to prominence in SEC Volleyball; LSU was THE
team to beat. The Lady Tigers won the SEC Volleyball championship in 1989, 1990, and tied the Lady Gators in 1991. Since then, it has been all Gators.
LSU started slow, but ended up in the same place -- winning the SEC West and losing in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament (to UCLA).
Last year, the 2007 season was a great season for the LSU Tigers Volleyball team. They finished the year with an overall record 25-8 and were selected for the NCAA tournament.
In 2008 LSU's Lady Volleyballer's will be going for their fourth consecutive SEC Western Division title. With three highly skilled newcomers, including Louisville transfer Samantha Dabbs, LSU hopes to advance past the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since going to back-to-back Final Fours in 1990-1991. Last year LSU lost to Texas in the second round at the NCAA's.
The three-time defending SEC Western Division Champion LSU volleyball team had hoped for more this season. However, they are not off to a great start. In fact, currently they are mired in 5th place in the SEC West; with a 1-3 league record; 6-5 overall.
The Tigers will rely heavily on their returning two middles, Lauren DeGirolamo and Brittnee Cooper who are the most dominant middles in the SEC Conference. First-team All-SEC selection Kyna Washington will look to close out her career as one of the most successful outside hitters in LSU history, needing only 53 kills to move into the top 10 in kills in school history.
In addition, the Tigers return libero Elena Martinez, who in her first season as a starter last year, led the SEC in digs, breaking the conference's 22-year-old digs record, on her way to SEC Defensive player of the Year honors. The veteran LSU team had a very productive spring and summer.
Unfortunately, it is becoming apparent that this will not be the year for LSU volleyball. But, there's still lots more matches to play. So, we'll see how the 2008 season plays out.
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However, over the past several seasons, LSU Tigers Volleyball has steadily climbed into the national spotlight. Fran Flory, who is in her tenth year with the LSU, coaches the Lady Tigers and has slowly, but surely, raised the national profile of LSU Volleyball.
The Louisiana State University had a great season in 2006. They ended up with an overall record of 26-6 and were 16-4 in Southeastern Conference play. They were SEC West Champs and finished the season ranked 19th in the nation. LSU ranked fifteenth in the nation for assists, fourteenth for kills per game, and twentieth for match win-loss percentage.
The lady Tigers enter the 2007 season ranked twenty-second in pre-season national polls and are working hard to earn a second straight SEC West championship.
After losing key players such as Dee Romero, the Tigers will be making some adjustments to accommodate the younger squad. Several players will be returning to their former positions after being moved last season.
One of those players is Maria Skender, ranked sixth in the nation for aces per game, who will return to the right side this year after playing left in 2006. First team All-Conference player Kyna Washington will return as outside hitter after ranking second on the team in kills and kills per game.
Tania Schatow will return to the middle this year. Schatow is especially skilled at blocking and will likely help middle blockers Lauren DeGirolamo and Brittnee Cooper get some much needed blocks. DeGirolamo, who ranked ninth in the nation for blocks per game in her freshman year, will no doubt make an impact on the team with her powerfully skilled defense.
Certainly LSU Tigers Volleyball will have another successful season. They will make it to the NCAA tournament again. But, we think they will end up second to Alabama in the SEC West. The reason is that Bama has a great team and LSU has many young players who will benefit greatly from a year of experience.
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2007 LSU Tigers Volleyball Schedule:
August 24 New Orleans 7:00 pm Home
August 25 UL 11:00 am Home
August 25 Saint Louis 7:00 pm Home
August 31 Illinois 10:30 am Away
September 01 Texas A&M 11:00 am Away
September 01 Rice 5:00 pm Away
September 07 Iowa State 5:00 pm Away
September 08 Drake 10:00 am Away
September 08 Iowa 5:00 pm Away
September 12 Ole Miss 7:00 pm Away
September 16 Arkansas 7:00 pm Away
September 21 South Carolina 7:00 pm Home
September 23 Florida 1:00 pm Home
September 28 Auburn 7:00 pm Away
September 30 Georgia 1:00 pm Away
October 05 Alabama 7:00 pm Home
October 07 Mississippi State 1:30 pm Home
October 12 Tennessee 6:00 pm Away
October 14 Kentucky 12:30 pm Away
October 17 Ole Miss 7:00 pm Home
October 19 Arkansas 7:00 pm Home
October 23 Notre Dame 7:00 pm Home
October 26 Florida 6:00 pm Away
October 28 South Carolina 12:30 pm Away
November 02 Kentucky 7:00 pm Home
November 04 Tennessee 1:30 pm Home
November 09 Mississippi State 7:00 pm Away
November 11 Alabama 1:30 pm Away
November 16 Georgia 7:00 pm Home
November 18 Auburn 1:30 pm Home
November 24 Tulane 7:00 pm Home
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2007 LSU Tigers Volleyball Roster:
2 Brittney Johnson S/RS 6'0" Freshman Baton Rouge, LA
3 Maggie Lonergan S 5'8" Sophomore Antioch, Illinois
4 Lauren DeGirolamo MB 6'1" Sophomore Belleville, Illinois
5 Angela Bensend OH 6'1" Freshman Plano, Texas
7 Kyna Washington OH 5'11" Junior Houston, Texas
9 Haley Reuther L/DS 5'8" Freshman New Orleans, LA
11 Elena Maritnez L/DS 5'8" Junior New Orleans, LA
12 Marina Skender OH/RS 5'11" Junior Zagreb, Croatia
13 Michelle Hensgens L/DS 5'3" Senior Morgan City, LA
19 Tania Schatow MB/RS 6'4" Freshman Fraser, Michigan
25 Brittnee Cooper MB 6'3" Sophomore Houston, Texas
28 Shannon Balikowsky OH 5'11" RS Freshman Baton Rouge, LA
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