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Beach Volleyball Takes Two Matches At HBU Invitational

Fraser McAlpine
Fraser McAlpine
Communications Student Assistant

HOUSTON -- The No. 7-ranked LSU beach volleyball team (16-5) extended its program-best winning streak to 14 matches, earning two victories over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist on the opening day of the Houston Baptist Invitational at the Third Coast Volleyball Courts.

The team will return to action tomorrow morning and go for its fourth-straight weekend sweep, squaring off against Tulane and Central Arkansas at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT. Cox Sports Television will also broadcast both matches on court one only with Lyn Rollins and Brittany Roderick on the call. Coverage of the Tulane match is slated to start at 12 p.m. CT and at 4 p.m. CT for the match against Central Arkansas.

“Today ended up being a really good day overall. Honestly, I wasn’t really pleased with our overall execution and effort in the morning match. We did enough to get the win, but we didn’t play a good version of Tiger beach volleyball,” said head coach Russell Brock. “However, we bounced back in the second dual and had a really good effort from every pair.”

In the opening match against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Olivia Powers and Taylor Bradley worked a dominant straight-set win at the four by a score of 21-6, 21-13. LSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Megan Davenport and Emma Hiller picked up a two-set victory on court five by a score of 21-13, 21-19.

At the three, Katie Lindelow and Maddie Ligon lifted the Lady Tigers to victory, tallying the third point of the dual in two sets at 21-17, 21-8. No. 1 pair Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss added to LSU’s lead, putting up the fourth point of the match in straights by a score of 21-11, 21-16.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi avoided the shutout on court two as Emmy Allen and Lilly Kessler fell in a tightly-contested three-setter 21-19, 19-21, 13-15, giving the Lady Tigers the 4-1 win.

In the second match against Houston Baptist, LSU grabbed another early 2-0 advantage. At the four, Leak and Ligon took their match in straights by a score of 21-15, 21-11, and Davenport and Callan Molle followed at the five, securing a two-setter at 21-7, 21-14.

On court three, Powers and Lindelow garnered the match-clinching point with a two-set win by a score of 21-12, 21-15. At the two, Allen and Kessler extended LSU’s lead to 4-0 after posting another victory in straights at 21-16, 21-8.

No. 1 duo Nuss and Coppola closed out the day for the Lady Tigers with a solid 21-11, 21-15 win in straights, giving LSU the complete, straight-set sweep over Houston Baptist by a score of 5-0.

“Now, the challenge is to bring that same version of our team to the sand tomorrow morning. We have to get a place where that is the only version of our team that shows up, and I’m confident that will happen,” added Brock.

With the wins, Coppola and Nuss improved their pair record to 18-3, notching their 14th win in straight sets this season. Davenport also collected her 19th individual victory this season with wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and HBU. At the four, Leak and Ligon have won their last five matches, garnering an overall pair record of 12-3 on the year.

In the last seven outings, LSU has outscored its opponents 31-4, taking four of its last five matches in 5-0 sweeps.

LSU 4, TAMUCC 1

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Brittany Gilpin/Madison Green (TAMUCC), 21-11, 21-16

2. Madison Woods/Madison Fitzsimmons (TAMUCC) def. Emmy Allen/Lilly Kessler (LSU), 19-21, 21-19, 15-13

3. Katie Lindelow/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Morgan Carlson/Mallory Moran (TAMUCC), 21-17, 21-8

4. Olivia Powers/Taylor Bradley (LSU) def. Claire Karsten/Kelsee Felux (TAMUCC), 21-6, 21-13

5. Megan Davenport/Emma Hiller (LSU) def. Kristyn Nicholson/Morgan Williams (TAMUCC), 21-13, 21-19

Exh. Callan Molle/Jeni Clark (LSU) def. Naomi Overstreet/Chloe Thorpe (TAMUCC), 21-10, 21-9

LSU 5, Houston Baptist 0

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Jessica Wooten/Aeriel Horton (HBU), 21-11, 21-15

2. Emmy Allen/Lilly Kessler (LSU) def. Victoria Hinojosa/Kayla Armer (HBU), 21-16, 21-8

3. Olivia Powers/Katie Lindelow (LSU) def. Melissa Fuchs/Bailey Banks (HBU), 21-12, 21-15

4. Cati Leak/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Tiffany Thomas/Taylor Livoti (HBU), 21-15, 21-11

5. Megan Davenport/Callan Molle (LSU) def. Danielle Wheeler/Madison O’Brien (HBU), 21-7, 21-14

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