Emily Hardesty

Beach Finishes with Best All-Time Ranking

Grant Kauvar
Grant Kauvar
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE – After making a historic run at the NCAA Championship, the LSU Beach Volleyball team came in as the No. 3 team in the nation to finish the season, marking the best ranking in program history, the AVCA released Monday.

LSU finished as the No. 3 team according to DiG Magazine as well, announced Tuesday.

 

The Tigers cracked the top-five for the first time ever on February 25 earlier this season and remained there for all but one week for the remainder of the season.

 

Heading into the NCAA Championship, LSU earned the No. 5 seed, one spot below Pepperdine, who the Tigers defeated in early March.

 

The Tigers and Wave would meet in the opening round of the championship and just like in their first matchup, the Tigers came away victorious, this time sweeping the No. 4 seed.

 

In the second round, LSU squared off against No. 8 seed Stetson, who upset top-seed USC in the first duel of the championship. In a match that would come down to a third-set on Court 5, LSU advanced to the NCAA Semi-Finals for the first time ever with a 3-2 win over the Hatters.

 

In the semi-final match, LSU would stumble against the ultimate National Champion, UCLA. Thanks to the double elimination format of the championship though, LSU would get one more crack at earning a spot in the championship match. 

 

After dropping the first set on Courts 4 and 5, both pairs stormed back to take the second and third sets to give LSU an early 2-0 edge. Unfortunately, Court 1, 2 and 3 were unable to pick up wins as the Trojans came back to advance to the championship match.

 

This is the first year that LSU advanced to Sunday at the NCAA Championship. The Tigers finished with 31 victories in 2019, the most in program history.

 

The final DiG Magazine poll will be released on Tuesday.

Postseason AVCA Poll - May 6, 2019

Rank School (First-place votes) 2019 Record Previous Rank
1 UCLA (27) 35-3 2
2 Southern California 32-6 1
3 LSU 31-8 4
4 Florida State 29-7 3
5 Hawai'i 28-11 7
6 Stetson 30-10 8
7 Pepperdine 20-11 5
8 Cal Poly 25-12 6
9 Florida International 17-11 9
10 Loyola Marymount 27-11 11
11 California 22-9 10
12 Long Beach State 21-11 12
13 Arizona 25-6 13
14 Grand Canyon 20-11 15
15 Georgia State 24-12 14
16 South Carolina 20-11 16
17 Florida Atlantic 13-15 17
18 TCU 18-16 18
19 Saint Mary's 20-9 19
20 Arizona State 21-14 20

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