Communications Student Assistant
DeLAND, Fla. – After two consecutive losses on the opening day of the season, the No. 10 LSU beach volleyball team (1-2) rebounded with a big win over No. 9 Stetson, 3-2, wrapping up the final day of the Stetson Invitational on the Cooper Beach Volleyball Courts.
The team will return to action next weekend for the East vs. West tournament in Los Angeles.
"Today was a really good day for our team. Stetson is a great team and to earn a win at their place was big. We needed to play well today and our girls responded," said head coach Russell Brock.
At the five, Maddie Ligon and Cati Leak won their third consecutive match of the weekend, picking up a point in straight sets 21-13, 21-17 to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
Freshman duo Taylor Bradley and Olivia Powers fell in two sets 13-21, 17-21 as Stetson tied the match at one apiece.
Katie Lindelow and Lilly Kessler regained the lead for LSU, garnering a point in another straight-set match 21-18, 21-17 at the three.
On court two, Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss battled in three sets to lift LSU to victory by a score of 21-11, 18-21, 16-14.
No. 1 pair Emmy Allen and Ashley Allmer fell in three sets by a score of 21-16, 14-21, 13-15 to close out the match as LSU garnered a 3-2 win over Stetson.
LSU also went undefeated over the weekend in exhibition matches. Callan Molle and Megan Davenport picked up a win at the six, taking the match straights by a score of 22-20, 21-12.
"We had six players in the lineup this weekend who were making their collegiate debut, and they did a really good job of shaking off the initial jitters and improving in every match they played," said Brock.
"We're looking forward to getting back to work and continuing to improve."
Stetson Invitational Results
No. 10 LSU vs. No. 9 Stetson (LSU wins 3-2)
1. (STETSON) Maggie Skjelbred and S. Helland-Hansen def. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Ashley Allmer (16-21, 21-14, 15-13)
2. (LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss def. (STETSON) Darby Dunn and Kristin Lind (21-11, 18-21, 16-14)
3. (LSU) Lilly Kessler and Katie Lindelow def. (STETSON) Emily Carroll and Kaylee Anderson (21-18, 21-17)
4. (STETSON) Rachel Noble and Tiffany Creamer def. (LSU) Olivia Powers and Taylor Bradley (21-13, 21-17)
5. (LSU) Cati Leak and Maddie Ligon def. (STETSON) Carly Perales and Jamie Walsh (21-13, 21-17)
Ex. (LSU) Callan Molle and Megan Davenport def. (STETSON) Samantha Harris and Alexa Richardson (22-20, 21-12)