Emily Hardesty

No. 4 Beach Set to Host LSU Invitational

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE – The No. 4 LSU Beach Volleyball team (17-5) will host Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 20 TCU and Houston Baptist on Saturday and Sunday at the LSU Beach Invitational.

 

The junior pair of Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss on Court one have a chance to make history this weekend. With a clean sweep, they would become the winningest two individual players in program history, passing Katie Lindelow who notched 80 wins during her career.

 

“Every time we take the sand,” said head coach Russell Brock, “we are trying to prove that we’re better than what people think we are.”

 

Coming off a 4-1 weekend in Miami where the Tigers defeated four Top-20 teams and fell to No. 1 UCLA, LSU is looking to close the regular season strong at home with eight matches over the next two weekends.

 

The LSU Beach Invitational is just one of many events taking place on the LSU Campus Saturday.  Admission to all LSU Beach Volleyball home matches is free. LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium is located in the heart of campus on Cypress Drive. Fans coming for just beach volleyball are encouraged to park in the free lots north of the stadium.

 

“We hope with everything going on on-campus that we’ll see some new faces in the stands,” said Brock. 

 

Gates will open one hour prior to the first match each day, 10 a.m. CT on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. Fans are reminded that the Geaux Clear bag policy will be in effect for all matches. there will be a food truck along with refreshments, including adult beverages, throughout the weekend. The players will sign autographs on Saturday following the matches.

 

Cox Sports Television will broadcast LSU’s Saturday matches against Texas A&M-Kingsville and South Carolina. Leah Secondo will be on the call, joined by Andrew Beyer on color and Carley McCord on the sideline. CST will broadcast the matches of pairs one and four for each of those duels at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

 

Fans can follow live scoring updates for all of LSU’s matches on twitter (@LSUBeachVB). 

 

“We know that there are teams here trying to beat us and we’re excited about the opportunity to step up and face some good competition,” said Brock. 

 

LSU will open the weekend on Saturday against TAMUK at 11 a.m. and South Carolina at 6 p.m. Historically the Tigers have had success against both of those teams with a 2-0 record against TAMUK and a 9-2 record against South Carolina. The Tigers and Gamecocks have split the season series so far, with South Carolina taking the most recent match on March 2.

 

LSU and South Carolina compete in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association for beach volleyball, but are the only two SEC associated teams that have the sport. 

 

“It’s fun to play at the matchup because you know at the end, both teams laid it all out there,” said Brock.

 

On Sunday, LSU will host TCU at 1 p.m. and will close the weekend at 3:30 p.m. against Houston Baptist. The Tigers have not played either of those teams this year, but have a combined record of 5-1 against them. 

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