Beach Volleyball Loses to Pepperdine and Hawaii
Communications Student Assistant
LOS ANGELES – The ninth-ranked LSU beach volleyball team fell in its final two matches of the East vs. West Challenge at Manhattan Beach Pier on Sunday to No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 3 Hawaii.
The Tigers have a 6-6 record on the season now after going 1-3 against the top four teams in the country this weekend. LSU earned its lone win of the weekend on Saturday when it beat No. 2 USC, joining Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Florida State, UCLA, and Hawaii as the only programs to have defeated the Trojans.
"I'm proud of our team for how they played this weekend," said head coach Russell Brock. "Our biggest takeaway is that we know we have the ability to beat anyone."
LSU started Sunday against top-ranked Pepperdine. After Haleigh Nelson and Hunter Domanski lost in back-to-back sets by the score of 21-13 in both sets on Court 2, Emmy Allen and Maddie Ligon earned a two-set victory on Court 3, 21-14 and 21-15. The first, fourth and fifth court all went three sets.
On Court 4, Olivia Powers and Gina Tillis fell in the second set, 21-19, after earning the first set, 21-17, victory. In the third set, the duo trailed all the way through after leading 2-1. Powers and Tillis fell, 15-11, as Pepperdine took the 2-1 lead.
Riley Young and Megan Davenport jumped out to took the first set on Court 5, 21-18. Pepperdine responded with a 21-18 victory of their own in set two though extending the game. The LSU duo battled to a 15-13 victory to even the match at two.
Clarie Coppola and Kristen Nuss jumped out to an early Court 1 lead with a 21-17 win in set one. In set two, the lead changed multiple times and was tied at 21-21. Pepperdine got the next two points to extend the game to a third set. Coppola and Nuss trailed all the way through and fell 15-10, giving Pepperdine the 3-2 win over LSU.
Later in the day, Hawaii clinched the match with wins on Courts one, two and four with consecutive set wins while courts three and five went on to a third set.
Nelson and Domanski fell on Court 2, 21-17, in set one and 21-16 the second set. Soon thereafter, Coppola and Nuss went down 21-18 and 21-19 on Court 1. Hawaii clinched the match on Court 4 when Powers and Tillis lost 21-12 and 22-0.
The Tigers picked up their lone win in the match on Court 5 with a three set win. The pair of Davenport and Young lost in the first set, 21-16. The duo came clawing back in set two with a 26-24 triumph to force a decisive third set. The third set was tied at 14 when Davenport and Young put up the final two points to earn the win.
Like Davenport and Young, the Court 3 pair of Allen and Ligon fell in the first set, 21-18. In order to force the third set, the duo came back to win in set two, 21-15. Allen and Ligon could not complete the comeback though, as they fell 15-10 in the final set, giving Hawaii the 4-1 win.
"Coming to play in this environment and against these teams was an unbelievable opportunity," said Brock. "We have to use the experience and the confidence we've earned to stay committed to reaching our potential."
No. 1 Pepperdine (9-2) def. No. 9 LSU (6-5), 3-2
1: Brook Bauer/Madalyn Roh (PEPP) def. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU), 17-21, 23-21, 15-10
2: Deahna Kraft/Corinne Quiggle (PEPP) def. Haleigh Nelson/Hunter Domanski (LSU), 21-13, 21-13
3: Emmy Allen/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Heidi Dyer/Gigi Hernandez (PEPP), 21-14, 21-15
4: Skylar Caputo/Alexis Filippone (PEPP) def. Olivia Powers/Gina Tillis (LSU), 17-21, 21-19, 15-11
5: Riley Young/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Maddie Dilfer/Jordan Ferrari (PEPP), 21-18, 18-21, 15-13
No. 3 Hawaii (7-3) def. No. 9 LSU (6-6), 4-1
1: Emily Maglio/Ka’iwi Schucht (UH) def. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU), 21-18, 21-19
2: Laurel Weaver/Carly Kan (UH) def. Haleigh Nelson/Hunter Domanski (LSU), 21-17, 21-16
3: Morgan Martin/Lea Monkhouse (UH) def. Emmy Allen/Maddie Ligon (LSU), 21-18, 15-21, 15-10
4: Amy Ozee/Ari Homayun (UH) def. Olivia Powers/Gina Tillis (LSU), 21-12, 22-20
5: Riley Young/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Hi’ilawe Huddleston/Allyssah Fitterer (UH), 16-21, 26-24, 16-14