EMERSON, Ga. - The LSU beach volleyball team won two matches against South Carolina and Florida Atlantic, securing a spot in the semifinals on day two of the CCSA Conference Championship tournament at the LakePoint Sports Complex.
The Tigers will face Georgia State tomorrow morning in the semifinals with a chance to play either Florida State or South Carolina in the championship match tomorrow afternoon.
In the first match of the day, Cheyenne Wood and Megan Davenport claimed a point at the five 21-19, 21-10. On court four, Mandi Orellana and Riley Young gave LSU a 2-0 lead with a 21-11, 21-18 victory. No. 3 pair Callan Molle and Cati Leak notched the third point of the match with a win in a tightly-contested three-setter 16-21, 23-21, 16-14. At the two, Helen Boyle and Lilly Kessler extended LSU's lead to 4-0 with a 20-22, 21-10, 15-7 win. No. 1 pair Katie Lindelow and Ashley Allmer helped finish off the Gamecocks with a win in straights 21-12, 22-20, giving LSU the 5-0 win over South Carolina.
"The first match we were excited to play (South Carolina) again," said associate head coach Russell Brock. "It’s always fun to play them. On a neutral court, it was great for us to battle and overcome that situation again and come out on top with another sweep. They're also playing really well, and we’re playing well at the right time of the year."
With the win the Tigers earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a matchup against Florida Atlantic. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Wood and Davenport won in straights at the five 21-19, 21-15. No. 4 pair Orellana and Young fell in a three-setter 8-21, 21-15, 13-15. Florida Atlantic took a 2-1 lead as Leak and Molle fell on court three in three sets 21-14, 9-21, 13-15. No. 2 tandem Boyle and Kessler helped lead the rally, garnering a victory in three sets 21-12, 21-23, 15-10 to tie the match for the Tigers. At the one, Lindelow and Allmer completed the comeback, tacking on the third and match-clinching point for LSU with a 24-26, 21-17, 15-11 win in three sets to earn a berth in the semifinals.
"FAU is a team that has given a lot of people trouble," said Brock."They play the game well and have great coaching. The twos (Boyle and Kessler) had to battle back and pull out their match in three, and the ones (Lindelow and Allmer) played a great three sets as well. To come out on top is something that we’re proud of, and we’re honored and excited to put ourselves in a position to advance to the finals."
LSU will return to action tomorrow in the semifinals against Georgia State at 8:30 a.m. CT.
(Georgia State) is a familiar opponent, and we feel really good about how we’re playing right now,” said Brock. We were prepared mentally and physically against FAU, and I think (we need) that same mindset and confidence that we’re playing well. We’re ready for that challenge against a great opponent."
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CCSA Conference Championship
vs. South Carolina (LSU wins 5-0)
1. (LSU) Lindelow/Allmer def. Mannisto/Williams (21-12, 22-20)
2. (LSU) Boyle/Kessler def. Blomgren/Ezell (20-22, 21-10, 15-7)
3. (LSU) Leak/Molle def. Tendrich/Reilly (16-21, 23-21, 16-14)
4. (LSU) Orellana/Young def. Vitt/Wood (21-11, 21-18)
5. (LSU) Wood/Davenport def. Neuenfeldt/Darby (21-19, 21-10)
vs. Quarterfinals vs. Florida Atlantic (LSU wins 3-2)
1. (LSU) Lindelow/Allmer def. Clesen/Dischler (24-26, 21-17, 15-11)
2. (LSU) Boyle/Kessler def. Pellitteri/Lewowicz (21-12, 21-23, 15-10)
3. (FAU) Galinis/Tekavec def. Leak/Molle (21-14, 9-21, 13-15)
4. (FAU) Cunningham/Barker def. Orellana/Young (8-21, 21-15, 13-15)
5. (LSU) Wood/Davenport def. Grant/Fraley (21-19, 21-15)