Longhorn Volleyball eyes LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge

Evan Berkowitz

In a break from Big 12 play, No. 4 Texas will travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU (10-2) Saturday for the last game of the team’s non-conference schedule. 

This is the 26th time the two teams have squared off, with Texas dominating the series 21-4. The Tigers traveled to Austin last year to challenge the Longhorns in the opening match of the season. But it wasn’t much of a match as Texas won in straight sets, dominating each game.

The last time LSU, who has struggled in recent years, beat the Longhorns was in 1991. The only Texas player who was even alive at that point is senior outside hitter Bailey Webster, who was two
months old.

Despite its 10-2 record, LSU is not top level competition. The Tigers have played a string of bad teams, which have combined for 345 opponent errors on the season. They have yet to play a ranked team, and have faced only one squad that even received votes to be nationally ranked – Miami (Fl). 

When the Longhorns travel to Louisiana, they will probably mix and match their lineup, testing different combinations
of players. 

“They are all very talented,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said of his “B” squad after the win against Oklahoma. “We see a lot of players pushing each other and we need to find opportunities for them.”

One player he pointed out as having played well in practice is sophomore middle blocker Sara Hattis. She got a start last week against Baylor on Wednesday and
didn’t disappoint. 

Hattis tallied career-highs in three categories: kills (7), blocks (6) and points (10). 

Even the second setter, freshman Chloe Collins, got in the action on Wednesday collecting a career-high
46 assists.