NT-LSU Box Score
HOUSTON - In its first match against LSU in a decade, the Mean Green volleyball team came out swinging but was unable to slow the SEC unit, ultimately falling in the fifth set, 16-14.
“That’s a tough one to lose, especially when you battle back like that,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “But you have to tip your hat to LSU and realign your focus on Houston, who we play tonight.”
NT shocked the masses that filled the Cougar den for the first match in the annual Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup with a thrilling 27-25 first-set victory, highlighted by the game-clinching hammer shot from sophomore Carnae Dillard.
Despite the fast start by the Mean Green, the Tigers came back hard as they pounded NT in the second and third frames by a combined score of 50-24.
But NT refused to fold in the fourth. Sparked by a rotation change by coach Palileo, the Mean Green regained control and stole the fourth set.
Unfortunately, NT could not hold off the Tigers in the fifth, falling by two.
Senior dig artist Shelby Tamura dug up 18 balls, one shy of her season high, while Dillard notched her seventh double-double of the season.
Freshman setter Amy Henard tossed up 52 assists, the third-highest mark of her young career.
Mean Green volleyball continues its tournament tonight with a match against host Houston at 7 p.m.