Coppola and Nuss Sweep Through Pool Play in Germany
Communications Student Assistant
MUNICH, Germany – LSU beach volleyball pair Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss won its final match of pool play at the FISU World University Championships Tuesday morning after defeating Japan and sweeping through pool play to advance in the tournament.
There are 32 beach volleyball pairs from 29 different countries competing in Munich, and 16 pairs remain in contention for the championship.
After defeating Leonie Klinke and Leonie Körtzinger of Germay and Marta Duda and Marta Lodej of Poland on Monday, Coppola and Nuss won their match against Manolina Konstantinou and Zoi Konstantopoulou of Cyprus to complete their sweep through pool play.
The USA duo fell behind in the match against Konstantino and Konstantopoulou, falling in the first set, 21-15. Coppola and Nuss bounced back in a tight second set, taking it 21-19, to force a deciding set. In the third set, Coppola and Nuss completed the victory, 15-11, to cap off their sweep through pool play.
With the sweep, Coppola and Nuss advance to the second round of the tournament and received a first round bye. The USA pair will face Asami Shiba and Satono Ishitsubo from Japan at 10:45 a.m. CT on Wednesday. The match will be available to be streamed live. Shiba and Ishitsubo went 2-1 in pool play. They won their contest in round one to force the matchup against Coppola and Nuss. The winner will advance to the third round of the tournament. The loser will not be in contention to win the champion but will be guaranteed at least three more matches in Germany.