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Volleyball Recap: Still falling

The Tiger volleyball team lost its last two contests.

The LSU volleyball team dropped another two matches, pushing its losing streak to four, one shy of the five game losing streak the Tigers had to open the season.

With the losses, the Tigers have fallen to 10th in the SEC standings.

Sunday, the Tigers fell to Missouri in straight sets. Offensively, LSU struggled offensively, reaching the twenty point mark just once in the three sets. LSU only led once in the game, early in the third, before Missouri regained the lead and never looked back.

No LSU player recorded double-digit kills, with Emily Ehrle and Katie Kampen posting a team best seven kills. Kampen and Haley Smith had double-digit Digs with 19 and 12, respectively.

The LSU offense looked even worse the next match against Arkansas, with the Tigers failing to hit the 20 point mark in any of the three sets, marking just the second time all season the Tigers failed to record 20 points in at least one set. The last time that happened was September, during the previously mentioned five game losing streak.

Gina Tillis led LSU in kills with 12. Cheyenne Wood had a team best 14 assists and Haley Smith posted 11 digs.

If LSU was essentially out the mix to win an SEC title, they are mathematically eliminated as of now. SEC leading Kentucky is 11-2 in conference play, LSU is 5-8 with five games left in the season.

The Tigers are also mathematically unable to finish the season with an overall winning record, entering the final five games with a 9-15 record.

A major reason why the Tigers have struggled this year is, as evident in the last two games, the offense. In the major offensive categories (kills, hitting percentage, assists, and service aces) the highest LSU ranks in any of those categories is 10th.

The defense is not much better, ranking mainly in the bottom half of the conference in opponents hitting percentage and blocks, but the Tigers do lead the conference in digs.

Still if the Tigers could win out the final stretch it would be a nice way to end out the season and potentially have some good momentum entering the 2016 season.