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LSU Sports Information
By: Judy Willson
LSU Women’s Golf Moves to No. 1 in Golfweek Ranking
BATON ROUGE, La. --- The LSU women’s golf team may be off from competition until next Friday, but they still made the move to No. 1 in the Golfweek team rankings this week with a 70.18 rating. The Tigers moved into the top spot and expect to hold on to it going into the 2020 Liz Murphey Fall Classic, November 6-8 in Athens, Georgia.
LSU has started the 2020-21 season with two second-place finishes at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas and The Ally in West Point, Mississippi. The Tigers are averaging 289.83 strokes per round over six rounds of competition.
The squad features two members of the preseason ANNIKA Award Watch List in sophomores Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone. Newcomers Carla Tejedo Mulet and Jessica Bailey, and senior Kendall Griffin round out the current travel team. Lindblad is leading the team with a 70.17 average, followed by Stone at 72.33. Tejedo Mulet is shooting 73.33 while Bailey and Griffin are each shooting 76.00.
LSU Sports Information
By: Lacey Dodson
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team defeated Mississippi State in the Pete Maravich
Assembly Center Tuesday night in four sets by scores of 25-17, 22-25, 25-11 and 25-23. The Tigers moved to 1-2 on the season while Mississippi State fell to 0-3.
LSU is set to square up against Mississippi State again Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The match will be streamed on SEC Network+ and via live stats.
Taylor Bannister recorded her 10th career double double and her third straight with a match high
18 kills to go along with 14 digs.
Samarah Hill also recorded a double-double with 12 digs and 10 kills. She earned her 10th kill of the match on the closing point. Karli Rose was the third Tiger with a double-double, tallying 52 assists and 10 digs.
Freshman Alia Williams recorded her first career kill and tallied three in total for the night.
Raigen Cianciulli recorded 19 digs and needs only two more tomorrow night to move into the No. 2 spot on LSU's all-time digs list. Emmaline Walters added two aces and six digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Head Coach Fran Flory
On picking up the first win of the season…
"Well it feels good, but disappointed in our level of execution. Certainly, thrilled with the outcome. We fought hard. Mississippi State is a team that keeps you on the court. We had a great start, then they kind of lulled us into their style of play and we began to air out. They do a great job of that, so credit their coaching staff for preparing a great game plan. And our young kids responded to the game plan. We have to be more resilient on our side. We have to play more our style of volleyball and our type of pace. We have to be a whole lot more efficient tomorrow.
On Freshman Alia William's performance tonight…
"A great start for Alia and she's been doing that in practice slowly, coming along, adjusting to pace, level of play, and height above the net. What a great coming out party. That's a great contribution. We don't win the match without Alia coming off the bench today."
On Bannister's and Hill's double-doubles…
"You know, they're stabilizers. they've been there done this, and have to be people that contribute in the ways they did tonight. You know we need defense, we need offense, they have to able to play the whole game, and I thought they did a good job of it tonight."
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LSU Sports Information
By: Judy Willson
WEST POINT, Miss. – The No. 13 ranked LSU women's golf team earned its second second-place finish of the season at The Ally in West Point, Mississippi. The Tigers shot a 7-under 857, the 11th best tournament score in LSU history. "Obviously we would have liked to win the trophy today but I was very pleased with another second-place finish for the second tournament in a row to start the season," said LSU women's golf head coach Garrett Runion. "I felt like we got better each day. Everybody contributed. The last two days, with our highest scores being a 73 and 74, that just shows how good our depth is and that anybody can contribute any time."
Sophomore Latanna Stone had the low round of the day with a 3-under 69, while senior Kendall Griffin shot 1-under 71. Freshman Carla Tejedo Mulet shot even and sophomore Ingrid Lindblad finished at 1-over and junior transfer Jessica Bailey was 2-over.
"I'm probably the most pleased that we made only one double bogey for the entire tournament as a team. No other team can say that. That was one of our goals – keep the big numbers off the scorecard and play the par fives well."
Lindblad finished tied for third at 6-under 210, tied for the 14th best tournament score in LSU history. Tejedo Mulet ended up in a tie for seventh place at 2-under 214, recording the first Top-10 finish of her collegiate career. Stone ended up even for the tournament at 216 and tied for 12th place, while Griffin was 2-over 218 and tied for 22nd.
"Kendall played well this week. She grinded out some solid rounds for us. And Ingrid didn't have her best stuff today, but she grinded back after a tough start. That's what champions do and she contributed.
"Latanna played great and Carla is getting stronger every time she hits the course. This was just her second college golf tournament. She finished even par and felt like she left a lot on the table. So you know we got a good one with her. Now it is time to get rested and recharged before the last tournament of the Fall at Georgia."
LSU is off until November 6-8 when they face off against another SEC-filled field at the Liz
Murphey Fall Collegiate Classic in Athens, Georgia.
The Ally – thru Round 2
1. South Carolina – 287-281-284 – 852 -12
2. LSU – 288-284-285 – 857 -7
3. Auburn – 283-294-284 – 861 -3
4. Ole Miss – 284-291-288 – 863 -1
5. Georgia – 297-285-286 – 868 +4
6. Tennessee – 290-280-300 – 870 +6
6. Florida – 280-301-289 – 870 +6
8. Alabama – 294-285-295 - 874 +10
9. Arkansas – 294-289-296 - 879 +15
9. Vanderbilt – 297-289-293 – 879 +15
11. Mississippi State – 293-299-291 – 883 +19
12. Kentucky – 302-294-296 – 892 +28
13. Texas A&M – 306-299-289 – 894 +30
14. Missouri – 299-307-309 – 915 +51
15. Southern Mississippi – 318-311-310 – 939 +75
T3. Ingrid Lindblad – 67-70-73 – 210 -6
T7. Carla Tejedo Mulet – 72-70-72 – 214 -2
T12. Latanna Stone – 75-72-69 – 216 E
T22. Kendall Griffin – 74-73-71 – 218 +2
T38. Jessica Bailey – 76-72-74 – 222 +6
LSU Sports Information
By: Judy Willson
LSU In Battle To Defend Title At The Ally
WEST POINT, Miss. – Wednesday’s final round at The Ally on Wednesday at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi is shaping up to be an SEC battle royale. No. 13 LSU moved up two spots to third place with a 4-under 284 in Round Two and sits four strokes out of first place. The Tigers battled South Carolina and Tennessee all day for the top spot on the leaderboard with each team taking a turn during Tuesday’s action.
“Our ladies did what they needed to do today by improving our score from the first round and improving our position on the leaderboard heading into the final round,” said LSU women’s golf head coach Garrett Runion. “This gives us a great chance to win tomorrow.”
LSU recorded 2-under 70s from sophomore Ingrid Lindblad and freshman Carla Tejedo Mulet, while sophomore Latanna Stone and junior transfer Jessica Bailey shot even to keep the Tigers in the hunt as they defend their 2019 title.
All five LSU players are currently sitting in the top half of the standings. Lindblad is sitting in a tied for second place at 7-under 137 with South Carolina’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard. The pair is just one stroke behind the leader Mikayla Bardwell from Tennessee.
“We have a deep team and it showed with very consistent scores today. Four of our five scores were par or better and our drop score was just 73.”
Tejedo Mulet is in a five-way tie for ninth place at 2-under for the tournament, while Stone and senior Kendall Griffin, who shot a 1-over 73 today, are tied for 29th place at 3-over 147. Bailey sits in a tied for 37th place at 4-over 148.
Lindblad shot 2-under on the front nine and even on the back nine, while Tejedo Mulet was
1-under on the front and the back.
“We will be in the same pairing as we were today, but unlike two weeks ago, we get to see what the teams we are competing against for the title are doing, which is what we are used to. The focus tomorrow will be on what we can control and try to execute each shot the best we can.”
LSU will tee off at 8:30 a.m. in a shotgun start, paired with Tennessee and South Carolina: Lindblad and Tejedo Mulet from Hole 1, Stone from 2, and Bailey and Griffin from 3. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
The Ally – thru Round 2
1. South Carolina – 287-281 – 568 -8
2. Tennessee – 290-280 – 570 -6
3. LSU – 288-284 – 572 -4
4. Ole Miss – 284-291 – 575 -1
5. Auburn – 283-294 – 577 +1
6. Alabama – 294-285 - 579 +3
7. Florida – 280-301 – 581 +5
8. Georgia – 297-285 – 582 +6
9. Arkansas – 294-289 - 583 +7
10. Vanderbilt – 297-289 – 586 +10
11. Mississippi State – 293-299 – 592 +16
12. Kentucky – 302-294 – 596 +20
13. Texas A&M – 306-299 – 605 +29
14. Missouri – 299-307 – 606 +30
15. Southern Mississippi – 318-311 – 629 +53
T2. Ingrid Lindblad – 67-70 – 137 -7
T9. Carla Tejedo Mulet – 72-70 – 142 -2
T29. Kendall Griffin – 74-73 – 147 +3
T29. Latanna Stone – 75-72 – 147 +3
T37. Jessica Bailey – 76-72 – 148 +4
By: Michael Lanclos
Da Boot Sports!
This years 2020 LSU women's Basketball team is getting geared up for another exciting year. This year will be different, just like in other sports. Every sport is working around the Covid and doing the best they can to fulfill a season. The season last year ended even though they were projected to make a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The college basketball world was among the first to see their season finish the way that the LadyTigers did.The head women's coach Nikki Fargas sounds like her team is ready for the challenge that awaits for her and her ball club.
"We are gonna be in shape, have a higher field goal percentage, but we might be able to guard anybody, but we definitely gonna make the pace very up tempo and exciting to watch" stated by coach Nikki Fargas. This is going to be an exciting team to watch, with this season being different than others with the type of environment that Covid is making everyone adjust to. Coach Fargas also brought up how the pandemic in many ways brought the team closer together in various aspects. She also mentioned how she had to find the time to do a team call where everyone can be involved along with the Lady Tigers from overseas.
This Lady Tiger team has a solid group of returning players that are anxious to play since they didn't get to finish the season the way they wanted to. The 3 point shot seems like a good focus this year as they are projected to fire more than in the past. LSU junior college transfer Sarah Shematsi from Annecy, France is a good deep shooter, big guard and can also play various positions on the basketball court. Another Lady Tiger that had to sit out last season named Freshman Sharna Ayres from Melbourne, Australia is another projected good shooter the team will have this season as she has many packages to offer. This yeas roster seems to be one of the deepest that its had in as many years. Substituting this year should also be easier to help keep the team refreshed to help keep the energy upbeat during the games.
Senior Faustine Aifuwa from Dacula, GA is another athlete that is a projected good post player, good 3 point shooter, also a very good defensive player also was able to complete her education and still decided to finish her career on the basketball court. With her coming back that was a shot in the arm to help the Lady Tigers. Senior Khayla Pointer is another solid returnee that this team is excited to see back on the court. Senior Awa Trasi, Senior Jailin Cherry, Along with Sophomore Tiara Young will also be a part of the team in a rotating manner.
Coach Fargas is hoping that this year she can get to about 10 impactful players deep so that her club can be strong if everyone can stay healthy. Coach Fargas also stated, "I believe defense tells a lot about your team to be honest, to me defense is about heart, about hustle, is about stamina, is also about togetherness."
This years team seems to have the spark that it may have needed with the season around the corner. Last years season wasn't a waste, in a way it may have made this years team stronger in many ways. They were also able to come in June and start practicing, the are thankful that the Institution was able to allow them to do this. It helped them gel together more as a team and create a family type environment which is a huge plus for the team. Their offense seems to be just as strong as last season along with the defense if not better at the same time.
Below is video of Coach Fargas' press conference from last week...courtesy of LSU
LSU Sports Information
By: Judy Willson
Lindblad in Lead at The Ally After First Round
WEST POINT, Miss. – LSU sophomore Ingrid Lindblad is sitting in first place at The Ally after shooting a 5-under 67 for the second time this season to open a tournament, while as a team No. 13-ranked LSU sits in fifth place after shooting even on the first day.
“This was a good start to the tournament for us,” said LSU women’s golf head coach Garrett Runion. “You can’t win a tournament on the first day, but you can certainly play your way out of it, but we didn’t do that today. Ingrid played great again and Kendall (Griffin) and Carla (Tejedo Mulet) were able to post meaningful scores for us.”
Lindblad started the round with three consecutive birdies and maintained that score through the front nine after a bogey on six and a birdie on eight. She started the back nine with a birdie, dropping to 4-under, then bogeyed 13 and birdied 14 to stay at 4-under. After being in a tie for second for a majority of the round, Lindblad shot birdie on 16 to take the lead.
Tejedo Mulet and Griffin made a couple of early bogeys, but pushed through to get to even and 1-over, respectively, at the turn. Tejedo Mulet, a freshman, went 2-under over her last 13 holes, including nine straight pars on the back nine to finish the round at even 72 and in a tie for 21st place. Griffin, a senior, ended the round at 2-over 74. Sophomore Latanna Stone provided the fourth score of the round at 3-over 75.
“Ingrid had good vibes out here today from her winning performance last year. I’m really proud of Kendall and Carla. After making a couple of early bogeys, they rallied to keep us in the hunt.
“We are going to go out tomorrow and work on cleaning up some of our mistakes. We had a few too many three-putts as a group. Other than that, we played well today.”
LSU will tee off at 10:30 a.m. from Hole No. 1 for the second round on Tuesday in the following order, paired with Tennessee and South Carolina: 10:30 – Jessica Bailey; 10:42 – Stone; 10:54 – Griffin; 11:06 – Tejedo Mulet; and 11:18 - Lindblad. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
The Ally – thru Round 1
1. Florida – 280 -8
2. Auburn – 283 -5
3. Ole Miss – 284 -4
4. South Carolina – 287 -1
5. LSU – 288 E
6. Tennessee – 290 +2
7. Mississippi State – 293 +5
8. Arkansas – 294 +6
8. Alabama – 294 +6
10. Georgia – 297 +9
10. Vanderbilt – 297 +9
12. Missouri – 299 +11
13. Kentucky – 302 +14
14. Texas A&M – 306 +18
15. Southern Mississippi – 318 +30
1. Ingrid Lindblad – 67 -5
T21. Carla Tejedo Mulet – 72 E
T31. Kendall Griffin – 74 +2
T39. Latanna Stone – 75 +3
T46. Jessica Bailey – 76 +4