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Beach Volleyball Splits Day One at Gamecock Grandslam

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The seventh-ranked LSU beach volleyball team split its matches, falling to No. 11 Georgia State, 3-2, and sweeping Jacksonville State, 5-0, in the Gamecock Grandslam at Wheeler Beach, on Saturday.

The Tigers moved to 7-7 on the 2018 season.

"Today was tough," said head coach Russell Brock. "We are still looking for the right arrangement and mindset for us to consistently play our best ball."

LSU fell in a tight match against Georgia State to begin the day.

After Olivia Powers and Gina Tillis fell in consecutive sets on Court 4, 21-18 and 21-12, the Court 5 duo of Riley Young and Megan Davenport evened the match up. Behind winning the first set, 21-16, Young and Davenport dropped set two, 21-16, forcing a decisive set three. The duo trailed by two points for a good part of the third set, but rallied and ultimately pulled out the win, 15-13.

Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss put LSU in the lead with a consecutive set victory on Court 1, winning 21-16 in both sets.

Haleigh Nelson and Hunter Domanski fell in back-to-back sets, 21-16 and 21-11, on Court 2 as did Emmy Allen and Maddie Ligon on Court 3, 22-20 and 21-16. The Tigers dropped the match to Georgia State, 3-2.

In their second and final match of the day against Jacksonville State, the Tigers rebounded in dominating style, needing the minimum sets to sweep the Gamecocks. 

The Court 5 duo of Young and Tillis made quick work of their match, winning in consecutive sets, 21-11 and 21-9. On Court 4, Davenport and Ligon continued the Tigers’ dominance winning in back-to-back sets, 21-8 and 21-15.

Allen and Domanski continued on Court 2 as they won the first set 21-11. In set two, the duo clinched the match for LSU with a 24-22 win.

Coppola and Nuss worked quickly in set one with a 21-8 win and followed that performance with a 21-14 victory in set two, giving LSU a 4-0 lead over Jacksonville State.

The Tigers finished the sweep when the Nelson and Powers duo won in consecutive sets, 21-17 and 21-7, finishing Day 1 at the Gamecock Grandslam for LSU.

"We have two really big matches tomorrow and we are focused on playing well enough to win both," said Brock.

LSU will be back in action on Sunday morning when it will face off with No. 1 Pepperdine at 8 a.m. CT. The Tigers will finish their weekend at noon against the host, ninth-ranked South Carolina.

#11 Georgia State def. #7 LSU, 3-2

1. Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola (LSU) def. Teegan Van Gunst/Tiffany Creamer (GSU) 21-16, 21-16

2. Brooke Weiner/Annika Van Gunst (GSU) def. Hunter Domanski/Haleigh Nelson (LSU) 21-16, 21-11

3. Georgia Johnson/Olivia Stasevich (GSU) def. Emmy Allen/Maddie Ligon (LSU) 22-20, 21-16

4. Amie Held/Kate Novack (GSU) def. Olivia Powers/Gina Tillis (LSU) 21-18, 21-12

5. Riley Young/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Ashley McGinn/Eden Hawes (GSU) 21-16, 16-21, 15-13

Ext. Ashley Bauchert/Maddie Gordon (GSU) def. Emily Hardesty/Lilly Kessler (LSU) 21-19, 20-22, 15-13

#7 LSU Tigers def. Jacksonville State, 5-0

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Katie Will/Kaylie Milton (JSU) 21-8, 21-14

2. Hunter Domanski/Emmy Allen (LSU) def. Hannah Kirk/Sadie Anderson (JSU) 21-11, 24-22

3. Haleigh Nelson/Olivia Powers (LSU) def. Hailey Hughes/Shayla Schmidt (JSU) 21-11, 21-7

4. Megan Davenport/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Bethany Randall/Grace Jarnagin (JSU) 21-8, 21-15

5. Riley Young/Gina Tillis (LSU) def. Maddie Cloutier/Mackenzie Rombach (JSU) 21-11, 21-9

Ext. Lilly Kessler/Ashley Allmer (LSU) def. Kaylee Frear/Kim Krutsinger (JSU) 21-9, 21-8

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