Beach Volleyball Falls to Pepperdine and South Carolina
Communications Student Assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The seventh-ranked LSU beach volleyball team fell in both of its matches, 3-2 against No. 1 Pepperdine and 4-1 to No. 9 South Carolina, in the final day of the Gamecock Grandslam at Wheeler Beach on Sunday.
The Tigers drop to 7-9 on the season.
"You have to give credit to the teams we played this weekend for playing really well against us, but we owe it to LSU and our program to represent better," said head coach Russell Brock.
The match against Pepperdine started off with the Court 4 duo of Haleigh Nelson and Maddie Ligon falling in two sets, 21-17 in both of them. On Court 5, Riley Young and Gina Tillis forced a third set with a 21-19 set two victory after falling to open the match, 21-17. The duo dropped the final set, 15-11, giving Pepperdine a 2-0 lead in the overall match.
LSU picked up a win on Court 3 when Emmy Allen and Megan Davenport won in three sets. The duo fell in the second set, 21-19, after winning the first set, 21-18. In the final set, Allen and Davenport won 15-13, bringing the final match score to 3-2.
Heading into the final match of the Gamecock Grandslam, LSU was 6-0 all-time against South Carolina.
The first two matches of the day went to three sets. Nelson and Ligon fell in set one, 21-18, before coming back in the second set, 21-17, on Court 4. In the deciding set, the duo fell, 15-12. On Court 5, Young and Tillis jumped out to take the lead with a 21-17 win in set one. South Carolina would rebound with a 22-20 victory over the LSU duo, forcing a third set. Tied at 12, Young and Tillis were unable to get the victory as South Carolina took it, 15-13, giving the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead in the overall match.
LSU got its first and only point of the match on Court 1, where Coppola and Nuss finished their undefeated weekend, winning in consecutive sets, 21-16 and 21-9.
"I'm really proud of Claire and Kristen," said Brock. "They were definitely playing at a really high level. Their weekend was impressive."
Powers and Domanski fell in two sets, 21-18 and 21-16, while Allen and Davenport did the same, 21-17 and 21-13, as South Carolina defeated LSU for the first time ever, 4-1.
The Tigers will be home for the first time this season, next weekend when they will host the Tiger Beach Challenge and play in five matches at Mango's Beach Club of of Sherwood Forrest.
"We are ready for a long home stretch," said Brock. "We need the chance to play at home and get in a rhythm."
#1 Pepperdine def. #7 LSU, 3-2
1. Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola (LSU) def. Brook Bauer/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) 21-18, 23-21
2. Corinne Quiggle/Deahna Kraft (PEPP) def. Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) 13-21, 21-13, 15-8
3. Megan Davenport/Emmy Allen (LSU) def. Heidi Dyer/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP) 21-18, 19-21, 15-13
4. Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (PEPP) def. Haleigh Nelson/Maddie Ligon (LSU) 21-17, 21-17
5. Maddie Dilfer/Nikki Lyons (PEPP) def. Gina Tillis/Riley Young (LSU) 21-17, 19-21, 15-11
Ext. Kaity Bailey/Katie Gavin (PEPP) def. Emily Hardesty/Lilly Kessler (LSU) 21-10, 19-21, 18-16
#9 South Carolina def. #7 LSU, 4-1
1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Shannon Williams/Ali Denney (SC) 21-16, 21-9
2. Cadie Bates/Katie Smith (SC) def. Hunter Domanski/Olivia Powers (LSU) 21-18, 21-16
3. Julia Mannisto/Carly Schnieder (SC) def. Megan Davenport/Emmy Allen (LSU) 21-17, 21-13
4. Macie Tendrich/Leah Perri (SC) def. Maddie Ligon/Haleigh Nelson (LSU) 21-18, 17-21, 15-12
5. Avery Davis/Jess Vastine (SC) def. Gina Tillis/Riley Young (LSU) 17-21, 22-20, 15-13
Ext. Lilly Kessler/Emily Hardesty (LSU) def. A.J. Baumann/Caroline Skaff (SC) 21-15, 21-15