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LSU Sweeps Pool Play at CCSA Beach Tournament

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

EMERSON, Ga. – The No. 2 seed LSU Beach Volleyball team swept through pool play Friday at the CCSA Tournament against UNCW and TCU, clinching a spot in the quarterfinals at Rally Volleyball.

 

“We’re playing as well as a group of five as we have all season,” said head coach Russell Brock.

 

LSU will will square of against the College of Charleston at 12:30 p.m. CT in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The winner will advance to the semi-finals on Sunday. 

 

“It doesn’t matter who we play,” said Brock. “At the end of the day, we are preparing to play better as a group no matter who we play. We can do that by focusing on our side of the net.”

 

All of Friday’s matches were pushed back an hour due to heavy overnight showers which continued off and on through much of the day. Despite the weather, LSU was able to pick up two victories, starting off in the morning against UNCW.

 

“Getting two 5-0 wins was our goal coming in,” said Brock. “We knew that would be challenging, but we knew that we had to find a way to get it done to put ourselves in the best possible position for tomorrow.”

 

Olivia Beyer and Hunter Domanski got the Tigers off to a hot start despite the rain, taking care of business on Court 5, 21-13 and 21-8. Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss continued to roll for the Tigers with a sweep on Court 1, 21-16 and 21-11.

 

Kahlee York and Kelli Agnew handled business on Court 2, 21-17 and 21-16, as did Toni Rodriguez and Kelli Agnew on Court 3, 21-16 and 21-12. 

 

After trailing 14-8 in the first set on Court 4, Taryn Kloth and Maddie Ligon battled back to take the set, 21-18. In the second set, Kloth and Ligon won another tight one, 21-17, to complete te sweep for the Tigers.

 

Hours later, it was time for LSU to take on TCU. Coppola and Nuss earned yet another sweep on Court 1, 21-10 and 21-10. The LSU duo which was named CCSA Pair of the Year on Thursday has now won 28 consecutive sets.

 

On Court 2, York and Agnew picked up another straight-set win for LSU, 21-18 and 21-15. Rodriguez and Rasnick Pope did the same on Court 3, 21-16 and 21-17, clinching the match for the Tigers. 

 

Beyer and Domanski earned a hard fought win in set one on Court 5, 25-23. The LSU pair earned another court for the Tigers when it won 21-14 in the second set.

 

Kloth and Ligon dropped set one on Court 4, 21-16. In the next two sets though, they rebounded nicely, clinching the sweep for LSU with 21-12 and 15-7 victories.

 

#4 LSU Tigers 5, UNCW 0

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Maddy Kline/Katie McCullough (UNCW) 21-16, 21-11

2. Kahlee York/Kelli Agnew (LSU) def. Jaime Thomas/Halle Hunt (UNCW) 21-17, 21-16

3. Toni Rodriguez/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (LSU) def. JM Lewandowski/Lexie Hamilton (UNCW) 21-16, 21-12

4. Taryn Kloth/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Brynn Montgomery/Raquel Rooney (UNCW) 21-18, 21-17

5. Olivia Beyer/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Reagan Evans/Anna Grauel (UNCW) 21-13, 21-8

 

#4 LSU Tigers 5, #18 TCU 0

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Mandi Orellana/Haven Hill (TCU) 21-10, 21-10

2. Kahlee York/Kelli Agnew (LSU) def. Molly Scheel/Taylor Bradley (TCU) 21-18, 21-15

3. Toni Rodriguez/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (LSU) def. Caroline White/Jaelyn Greene (TCU) 21-16, 21-17

4. Taryn Kloth/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Claire Doyle/Jordan Westendorff (TCU) 16-21, 21-12, 15-7

5. Olivia Beyer/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Avery Arellano/Hailey Brockett (TCU) 25-23, 21-14

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