Beach Volleyball Falls To No. 2 Florida State, FAU
Communications Student Assistant
DeLAND, Fla. – On the opening weekend of the season, the No. 10 ranked LSU beach volleyball team (0-2) fell in both of its matches to No. 2 Florida State and Florida Atlantic by scores of 4-1 and 3-2, respectively on day one of the Stetson Invitational on the Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts.
The team will return to action tomorrow morning, wrapping up the weekend with its final match against No. 9 Stetson at 7 a.m. CT.
“We have some work to do. The pieces are all there, but we have to play with more conviction,” said head coach Russell Brock. “We need to be more fully committed to the task at hand … to win.”
“To be so close and not pull out these close ones today is not acceptable. We have to be better, but the great news is that we get to head back to work tomorrow morning against another strong top-10 team.”
Cati Leak and Maddie Ligon countered, tying the match at 1-1 after rallying to win in three sets 12-21, 21-19, 15-11 at the five. With the win, Ligon also earned her first career victory in her first collegiate match.
The Lady Seminoles took the lead for good during the top-three pairing matches.
At the three, Katie Lindelow and Lilly Kessler were defeated in straight sets 21-23, 19-21. Another freshmen pairing of Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss battled hard on court two in a two-set loss by a score of 24-26, 13-21.
In the second match against Florida Atlantic, LSU put up an outstanding effort, forcing the Lady Owls to earn all of their points in three sets.
At the five, Leak and Ligon gave the Lady Tigers an early lead, taking their match in two sets 21-15, 21-16. For the second straight match, Powers and Bradley went toe-to-toe with their opponents, falling in another tough three-setter at the four by a score of 21-15, 21-16, 12-15.
Coppola and Nuss regained the lead for LSU on court two, picking up their first win of their collegiate careers in straight sets 21-17, 21-15.
LSU had two more opportunities to close out the Lady Owls but were unable to pull off the victory.
Lindelow and Kessler grabbed the first set 21-14 before dropping their final two sets 19-21, 15-17 on court three as Florida Atlantic tied the match at two apiece.
The Lady Owls finished the match with their final three-set win, as Allmer and Allen were defeated at the one by a score of 21-18, 18-21, 10-15, giving Florida Atlantic the 3-2 win.
Young and Megan Davenport also garnered another victory on court six against the Lady Owls, taking the match 24-22, 21-15.
“We aren’t anywhere as good as we’ll eventually be this year,” said Brock. “We just have to find a way to accelerate the learning process.”
Stetson Invitational Results
No. 10 LSU vs. No. 2 Florida State (FSU wins 4-1)
1. (FSU) Leigh Andrew and Brooke Kuhlman def. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Ashley Allmer (21-10, 21-17)
2. (FSU) Francesca Goncalves and Vanessa Freire def. (LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss (26-24, 21-13)
3. (FSU) Macy Jerger and Victoria Paranagua def. (LSU) Lilly Kessler and Katie Lindelow (23-21, 21-19)
4. (FSU) Hailey Luke and Nikki Esposito def. (LSU) Taylor Bradley and Olivia Powers (26-24, 21-19, 15-9)
5. (LSU) Cati Leak and Maddie Ligon def. (FSU) Katie Horton and Molly McBain (12-21, 21-19, 15-11)
Ex. (LSU) Riley Young and Callan Molle def. (FSU) Breana Edwards and Danielle Pennington (18-21, 23-21, 15-11)
No. 10 LSU vs. Florida Atlantic (FAU wins 3-2)
1. (FAU) Megan Rice and Jessalyn Kinlaw def. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Ashley Allmer (18-21, 21-18, 15-10)
2. (LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss def. (FAU) Brittany Pellitteri and Jazmine Barker (21-17, 21-15)
3. (FAU) Gabrielle Dischler and Candace Lancour def. (LSU) Katie Lindelow and Lilly Kessler (14-21, 21-19, 15-7)
4. (FAU) Nicole Navarro and Nicole Grant def. (LSU) Olivia Powers and Taylor Bradley (15-21, 21-16, 15-12)
5. (LSU) Cati Leak and Maddie Ligon def. (FAU) Julia Lewkowicz and Ashlan Cunningham (21-15, 21-16)
Ex. (LSU) Riley Young and Megan Davenport def. (FAU) Sam Gott and Maja Ristic (24-22, 20-15)