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For Louisiana State University volleyball player Desiree Elltiott, it’s good to be home in more ways than one.

On Monday the junior who went to Cy Woods High School, was getting ready for Hurricane Isaac.

“My dad and mom called me and asked if we were evacuating, they’re like, ‘make sure you get your water bottles and fill up your bathtubs with water just in case the power goes out’, and I’m like, mom, dad, I’ve been through this before, I know what to do.”

What she, and her Lady-Tigers teammates were forced to do was evacuate Baton Rogue and bring their annual Tiger Classic Volleyball Tournament featuring matches against Rice, Purdue and the University of Washington to Rice University’s Fox Gym.

LSU’s head volleyball coach Fran Flory describes the last minute logistics:”If we were going to moved we had to get out of Louisiana, out of Baton Rogue, by Tuesday morning,” Flory said. “We had to wait on Purdue, because they were having a difficult time with their flights to be able to adjust and fortunately were able to. Washington was above and beyond. Washington actually flew into Dallas Wednesday night, spent the night in Dallas and then Thursday morning flew from Dallas to Houston,” she added.

Elliott says the whole team appreciates Rice’s “red carpet” treatment.

“We thank Rice and Houston for opening up their gyms and welcoming us. They have such great hospitality.”

The Tiger Classic features matches between No. 7 ranked Purdue University, No. 12 ranked Washington, LSU and Rice Friday and Saturday. All volleyball match-ups will be played at Rice University’s Fox Gym.

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