Beach Volleyball Ready to Begin Season in Phoenix

by Grant Kauvar
Beach Volleyball Ready to Begin Season in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The No. 6-ranked LSU beach volleyball team will kick off its season at the GCU Beach Tournament on Friday afternoon.

LSU will play two doubleheaders to begin their season. The Tigers’ first match of Friday will take place at 4 p.m. CT against No. 14 Cal Poly and later they will play the tournament host, No. 10 Grand Canyon at 8:30 p.m.

The Tigers will have to turnaround quickly on Saturday as they will play at 9:30 a.m. against No. 2 Pepperdine. LSU will close the weekend out on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Nebraska.

LSU is coming off of a historic 2017 in which it made its first trip to the NCAA Championships. The team went on a 23-match win streak, which is tied for the third longest win streak in LSU Athletics history.

The Tigers return 14 players, seven of whom won double-digit matches last season. They have also added impactful freshmen and transfers to strengthen the team.  Kristen Nuss and Claire Coppola were named to the CCSA Beach Volleyball Preseason All-Conference team and Olivia Powers was put on the CCSA Beach Volleyball Preseason Watch List.

The Tigers’ first home tournament of the season will take place at Mango’s off of Sherwood Forrest in Baton Rouge March 24-25. 

For the latest information on LSU’s beach volleyball team, fans can follow the Tigers on Twitter and Instagram @LSUbeachVB and @RussLSUbeach, or on Facebook by liking LSU Beach Volleyball.