Beach Advances the CCSA Semi-Finals

by Grant Kauvar
Beach Advances the CCSA Semi-Finals

EMERSON, Ga. – After beginning pool play at the CCSA Tournament 2-0 on Friday, LSU beach volleyball split its matches on Saturday to finish 3-1 in pool play, earning a sport in the semifinals on Sunday.

The Tigers are now 25-11 on the season. In its last 19 games, LSU has won 17, with the Tigers only two losses in that time coming against Florida State.

“Today was a big step in the right direction for our team,” said coach Brock. “We had a tough match this morning and had a really good response in a big match this afternoon.”

In the first match, LSU was unable to pick up its first win in program history against Florida State, falling 4-1. Haleigh Nelson and Mandi Orellana were defeated on Court 2, 21-10 and 21-12, while Emmy Allen and Megan Davenport also struggled on Court 4, losing, 21-10 and 21-11.

On Court 3, Olvia Powers and Hunter Domanski battled in the first set, but fell 21-19 and then in the second set were unable to get anything going, dropping the set, 21-11. The Court 5 duo of Riley Young and Maddie Ligon clawed their way back from being down 7-10 in the first set, to tie it up at 14. The LSU duo was outlasted in set-one, 22-20, before it fell in the second set, 21-14.

Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss picked up the only point for the Tigers, taking Court 1 in straight sets, 21-12 and 21-19.

In order to clinch a spot in Sunday’s semi-finals of the CCSA Tournament, the Tigers needed to defeat Florida Atlantic. To start, Coppola and Nuss earned a straight set victory on Court 1, 21-12 and 21-10. Similarly, on Court 5, Ligon and Young earned the win, 21-15 and 21-12. On Court 2, Nelson and Domanski fell in consecutive sets, 23-21 and 21-18.

Allen and Davenport clinched the match and a spot of the semi-finals for the Tigers, taking Court 4 in straight sets, 21-19 and 22-20.

Powers and Domanski bounced back with a win on Court 3. After falling in set one, 13-21, the duo forced a third set with a 21-16 set-two victory. In the third set, the LSU duo won, 15-9 giving LSU the 4-1 victory.

The Tigers will play in the semifinals of the CCSA Tournament on Sunday against South Carolina at 9:30 a.m. CT. If LSU defeats the Gamecocks, it will compete in the championship against the winner of Florida State and Florida International. Tha championship is slated to begin at noon CT.

“I’m really proud of how we played today and I’m excited about the chance to play on Championship Sunday, said Brock. “There’s still another level that we can play. We’ve been working hard for this opportunity and we are focused as we prepare to play.”

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Florida State def LSU, 4-1

  1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Tory Paranagua/Vanessa Freire (FS) 21-12, 21-19
  2. Katie Horton/Hailey Luke (FS) def. Haleigh Nelson/Mandi Orellana (LSU) 21-10, 21-12
  3. Macy Jerger/Sara Putt (FS) def. Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) 21-19, 21-11
  4. Brooke Kuhlman/Molly McBain (FS) def. Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport (LSU) 21-10, 21-11
  5. Francesca Goncalves/Eva Torruella (FS) def. Riley Young/Maddie Ligon (LSU) 22-20, 21-14

 LSU def. Florida Atlantic University, 4-1

  1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Carly Scarborough/Amanda Silva (FAU) 21-12, 21-10
  2. Gabrielle Dischler/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU) def. Haleigh Nelson/Mandi Orellana (LSU) 23-21, 21-18
  3. Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Erica Brok/Mackenzie Morris (FAU) 13-21, 21-16, 15-9
  4. Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Nicole Navarro/Kaila Dorish (FAU) 21-19, 22-20
  5. Riley Young/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowicz (FAU) 21-15, 21-12