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Beach Volleyball Splits Day One at UNF Invitational

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

ST. AUSGUSTINE, Fla. – The No. 6 LSU Beach Volleyball team split its matches on Saturday at the UNF Beach Invitational. The Tigers’ record moves to 4-2 on the year after falling to No. 13 Georgia State, 3-2, to begin their day and then beating North Florida, 4-1.

In its opening match of the weekend against 13th ranked Georgia State, LSU fell in two matches intense matches that went into three sets which allowed Georgia State to earn the win.

LSU started strong with a win on Court 4. The pair of Emmy Allen and Megan Davenport swept the match in two sets with scores of 21-19 and 21-17.

On Court 5, Riley Young and Gina Tillis lost a hard fought match. After the LSU duo won the first set 21-17, Georgia State came back to take set two 21-16. The third set was hard fought and tied at 13, but Georgia State prevailed and took the final two points to even the match a 1-1.

The Court 1 pair of Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss swept through two sets, 21-17 and 21-18, to remain undefeated on the season. Olivia Powers and Maddie Ligon lost in consecutive sets, 21-15 twice, which evened the overall match at 2-2.

Haleigh Nelson and Hunter Domanski took set one on Court 2 21-13. After that, they were unable to pull away as Georgia State came back to win in consecutive sets, 21-15 and 15-12, to give Georgia State a 3-2 win over LSU in the Tigers’ first match of the UNF Invitational.

"You have to give a ton of credit Georgia State," said coach Russell Brock. "They always play so well against us and there isn't a team that reaches their potential more consistently than they do."

Coming off the loss, LSU rebounded quickly as it beat host North Florida, 4-1, immediately following their match with Georgia State.

LSU took a 2-0 lead early after wins on Court 4 and 5. It only took two sets for Allen and Davenport to come out victorious on the fourth court. They made it look easy with scores of 21-11 and 21-9. For Young and Tillis, it was a bit more difficult on Court 5. The Tiger duo won the first set 21-18, but they fell in the second set 21-13. Young and Tillis were behind 5-7 in set three, but they kept clawing and eventually won 15-11 to give the Tigers an early lead.

The Court 1 pair of Coppola and Nuss continued their domination as they won their fifth match in a row in consecutive sets. In the first set, the duo won relatively easily 21-14. Coppola and Nuss were trailing 20-18 in the second set, but came surging back to win the set 23-21 and clinch the match for the Tigers.

Powers and Ligon continued to strong match for the Tigers on Court 3, winning in consecutive sets as well. In the first set, the Tiger duo gave up just four points after trailing 11-10 on its way to winning 21-15. In the second set, Powers and Ligon never faltered and won 21-14.

Nelson and Domanski won their first set on Court 2, 21-16. They led 19-18 in the second set, but the pair from UNF scored three consecutive points to even the match and send it to a third set. The Tiger duo could not find a way to get the edge in set number three as it lost 15-12.

The Tigers will be back in action on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. CT as they will face the 17th ranked Florida Atlantic squad before taking on UNC Wilmington at 12:30 p.m. CT to finish competition for the weekend.

"Tomorrow we have to find a way to play with more fire and better execution," said Brock. "We know we have the pieces. The only option is to play better."

Day 1 UNF Beach Invitational Results

No. 13 Georgia State def. No. 6 LSU, 3-2
1. (LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss def. (GSU) Teegan Van Gunst and Tiffany Creamer (21-17, 21-18)
2. (GSU) Annika Van Gunst and Brooke Weiner def. (LSU) Haleigh Nelson and Hunter Domanski (13-21, 21-15, 15-12)
3. (GSU) Olivia Stasevich and Georgia Johnson def. (LSU) Olivia Powers and Maddie Ligon (21-15, 21-15)
4. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Megan Davenport def. (GSU) Amie Held and Kate Novack (21-19, 21-17)
5. (GSU) Eden Hawes and Ashley McGinn def. (LSU) Riley Young and Gina Tillis (17-21, 21-16, 15-13)

No 6 LSU def. UNF, 4-1
1.(LSU) Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss def. (UNF) Carina Hoff and Courtney Miller (21-14, 23-21)
2. (UNF) Taryn Griffey and Chaney Howard def. (LSU) Haleigh Nelson and Hunter Domanski (16-21, 21-19, 15-12)
3. (LSU) Olivia Powers and Maddie Ligon def. (UNF) Brittany Pace and Casey Justice (21-15, 21-14)
4. (LSU) Emmy Allen and Megan Davenport def. (UNF) Mallory Waggoner and Callie Workman (21-11, 21-9)
5. (LSU) Riley Young and Gina Tillis def. (UNF) Madilyn McCartey and Nicole DeBolt (21-18, 13-21, 15-11)

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