She shook her head, because the
stats didn't support what the end result showed, that seventh-ranked
No, Flory saw what could have been.
"We had more kills than them, we had more digs than them, we had more blocks than them," Flory said after her team lost for the second time this season to the Southeastern Conference's benchmark program. "But we had almost 20 more errors than them."
In a sport that hinges on the smallest of mood swings and the narrowest windows of opportunity, LSU came up short.
"Everything we wanted to do worked against them," Flory said. "We just didn't execute. That's the bottom line."
It started in the first game before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,684, more of whom were on hand to watch a top-notch volleyball match than to stick around after for a free concert by rising-star Baton Rouge band The Benjy Davis Project.
LSU bolted to a 20-13 lead in the first game but the Gators, who don't appear to get rattled when behind, battled to a 29-29 tie.
"That was huge," senior setter Daniela Romero said with a wince. "It's hard when you get a free ball and you know you have to convert and the chance passed us by."
LSU (21-4 after beating Auburn two
days later in five games, 13-2 atop the SEC Western Division), was obviously
deflated and it showed in the next game as
The Tigers, facing a second
three-game sweep to
"The third game is how we usually play," Skender said. "It wasn't just me, but the team as a whole. We hadn't played our game, but did in the third game."
LSU closed out the win with a blast down the line by Skender.
"We regained our composure, but as the match wore on, we were not mentally tough enough," Flory said.
That was evident when
"They frustrated the heck out of our offense," Flory admitted.
"We didn't do a very good job of staying true to the things that we do. We tried to do a little too much, pushed a little too hard, and that leads to errors."
LSU had plenty of them.
Skender's effort was offset by 16
hitting errors in her 74 swings, finishing with a .095 hitting percentage. As a
comparison, Kisya Killingsworth led
"The hitting percentages in this match were horrible," Flory said. "That's because both setters ran their offenses from behind the attack line because (of bad passes). So it wasn't very good."
What was good for the Tigers was
"It's really tough to come back,"
Flory said. "You prepare and no matter how much we try to keep them focused on
the big picture and not just the