Beach Volleyball Breaks Program Record For Wins
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La.- The No. 7-ranked LSU beach volleyball team broke the program record for wins in a season with 22, knocking off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 10 Georgia State to pick up its 20th-straight win on the final day of the Battle on the Bayou at Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club off of Sherwood Forest.
LSU (22-5) closed out the regular season sweeping its last five tournaments. The Tigers have also recorded eight shutouts in their last 12 matches, outscoring their opponents by a whopping score of 53-7.
Katie Lindelow and Olivia Powers were a perfect 4-for-4 over the weekend, earning their 19th win as a pair to earn the second-best record on the team at 19-3. Riding a nine-match win streak, the duo has also notched points in 19 of their last 20 matches
The team will prepare for the CCSA Conference Championship in Emerson, Georgia starting on Friday. Opponents for the match have yet to be determined and will be announced later in the week.
“I think when you start out the season the way we did you just want to try and get into a rhythm and start to win,” said head coach Russell Brock. “We knew through the middle of the season and down toward the end that we would have a great opportunity to get some wins. We knew we were playing well, and it was just a matter of turning our play into W’s.”
“To play as well as we have for that long is hard to do for anybody. I couldn’t be more proud of the group, and I think it’s just another testament to working hard and executing and good things will happen to you.”
In the opening match against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, LSU jumped out to an early lead as Riley Young and Megan Davenport won in straights at the five by a pair of 21-6 scores. Cati Leak and Callan Molle gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead on court four, taking their match in two sets by a score of 21-8, 21-12.
No. 1 freshman duo Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss clinched the match for the Tigers, working a two-setter by a score of 21-11, 21-14. At the two, Lindelow and Powers gave LSU a 4-0 advantage in straights at 21-14, 21-9.
Against the Panthers, Leak and Molle put LSU on the board first with a win in straights at the fourth flight by a pair of 21-12 scores.
Davenport and Young tallied the second point of the match, collecting another win in straights on court five by a score of 21-19, 21-14.
Georgia State cut LSU’s lead to 2-1 after Allen and Ligon fell in straight sets at the two at 21-16, 21-17. At the third flight, Lindelow and Powers collected a big three-set win by a score 21-10, 15-21, 15-8 to secure the dual for the Tigers.
No. 1 pair Coppola and Nuss were defeated in a close battle in three sets at 22-20, 14-21, and 10-15 as LSU closed out Georgia State, 3-2, to conclude the weekend.
“We want to compete for championships, and we haven’t been in a position to do be able to do that until this year. There are a lot of teams in our conference playing well, but our goal and our vision for our program is to win championships,” added Brock. “We do that together as a team. We know we have to play well, and we’re up to that challenge.”
At the conclusion of the matches, a special ceremony took place to honor Emma Hiller, Lindelow, Leak and Molle as the four members of the senior class. Lindelow, Leak and Hiller will finish their careers as the only three players who have been with the team since its inception.
“I can’t say enough about our senior class. To have our first four-year group come through and escort the program from its infancy to where we are now can’t be overstated,” said Brock.
“I know that their impact is immeasurable, and their influence and the standards that they’ve set will be with our team forever.”
Battle on the Bayou
Day 2 Results
Mango’s Beach Volleyball Club
LSU def. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 5-0
(LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss def. (TAMU-CC) Madison Green and Madison Fitzsimmons (21-11, 21-14
2. (LSU) Olivia Powers and Katie Lindelow def. (TAMU-CC) Brittany Gilpin and Morgan Carbon (21-14, 21-9)
3. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Maddie Ligon def. (TAMU-CC) Mallory Moran and McKenzie Coates (21-7, 21-8)
4. (LSU) Cati Leak and Callan Molle def. (TAMU-CC) Kelsee Felux and Claire Karsten (21-8, 21-12)
5. (LSU) Riley Young and Megan Davenport (TAMU-CC) Haley Sobosk and Morgan Williams (21-6, 21-6)
6. (LSU) Emma Hiller and Jeni Clark def. (TAMU-CC) Naomi Overstreet and Mary Kate Katarzwski (21-10, 21-15)
LSU def. Georgia State, 3-2
1. (GSU) Delaney Rohan and Chelsea Ross def. (LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss (20-22, 21-14, 15-10)
2. (GSU) Haley Pa’akaula and Jessica Fourspring def. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Maddie Ligon (21-16, 21-17)
3. (LSU) Olivia Powers and Katie Lindelow def. (GSU) Brooke Weiner and Natalie Wilson (21-10, 15-21, 15-8)
4. (LSU) Cati Leak and Callan Molle def. (GSU) Kate Novack and Amie Held (21-12, 21-12)
5. (LSU) Riley Young and Megan Davenport def. (GSU) Georgia Johnson and Olivia Stasevich (21-19, 21-14)
6. (GSU) Allie Elson and Maddie Gordon def. (LSU) Emma Hiller and Jeni Clark (21-18, 21-17)