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LSU rallies past Michigan in NCAA volleyball first round

LSU dropped the first two sets to Michigan in a first-round match of the NCAA volleyball tournament Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. But the Tigers, who had gone to five sets 13 times this season, rallied for a five-set victory.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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To anyone familiar with Louisiana State’s volleyball season, the second set against Michigan on Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena was a good time to go get popcorn.

The Wolverines won the second set easily, taking a 2-0 lead over LSU in a first-round match of the NCAA tournament. But the Tigers had gone to a fifth set 13 times this season, winning eight times.

They did it again Friday, eventually winning 23-25, 9-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-10 to advance to a second-round match Saturday. LSU used strong defense, getting 29 digs from sophomore libero Haley Smith in the victory.

It’s the fifth time this season LSU has rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win.

“It’s kind of been the story of our season,” said LSU coach Fran Flory, whose team advances to play Washington on Saturday.


• Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife sat near the Michigan bench in support of Wolverines senior outside hitter Molly Toon, whose brother Nick played with Wilson at Wisconsin. The tournament was another welcome diversion for Wilson before Seattle’s matchup against San Francisco on Sunday.

The Wilsons attended a Drake concert earlier this week.

“I focus on football when I can, but when I get some free time to do some things, it’s great,” Wilson said. “Watching volleyball is a good thing for me. For the tournament to be in Seattle, it’s pretty special.”

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