Emily Hardesty

LSU Beach Sits Strong at No. 4

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE – For the sixth consecutive week the LSU Beach Volleyball team has been ranked as the No. 4 team in the nation by both the AVCA and DiG Magazine. LSU has held a spot in the AVCA Top-10 for 32 straight weeks.

 

LSU was ranked No. 4 for the first time in program history after a perfect opening weekend at the FSU Invitational, but dropped to No. 6 after going 2-2 in week two. Going into week three, LSU defeated No. 3 Pepperdine and No. 5 Hawaii to catapult back to No. 4, a ranking that it has held ever since. The top-four has gone unchanged since then with No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 USC and No. 3 Florida State all holding on tight to their respective spots.

 

The Tigers closed out the regular season over the weekend with a perfect record at the Battle on the Bayou to finish 25-5. This is the third straight season that LSU has won at least 25 matches, but this is the first time in program history to reach that mark in the regular season.

 

LSU will compete in the CCSA Tournament this week, April 19-21, in Emerson, Georgia at the Rally Sports Complex. The Tigers finished as the runner-up at the event last year, falling in the championship to Florida State. LSU is 12-2 against CCSA opponents this season.

 

The NCAA will announce the national championship field of eight teams on Sunday, April 28.  LSU has gone to the National Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama as one of the final eight teams in each of the past two seasons.

 

AVCA Week 8 Poll - April 15, 2019

Rank School (First-place votes) 2019 Record Previous Rank
1 UCLA (25) 26-1 1
2 Southern California (2) 22-4 2
3 Florida State 23-5 3
4 LSU 25-5 4
5 Pepperdine 18-7 5
6 Hawai'i 23-7 6
7 Cal Poly 19-8 7
8 Stetson 26-8 10
9 Florida International 14-10 8
10 Long Beach State 17-7 9
11 California 17-7 12
12 Arizona 21-4 13
13 South Carolina 18-9 11
14 Loyola Marymount 20-9 14
15 Grand Canyon 19-8 15
16 Georgia State 21-11 16
17 Florida Atlantic 11-13 17
18 TCU 16-14 18
19 Saint Mary's 17-6 19
20 Stanford 10-14 20

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