Beach Notches 25th Victory in Regular Season Finale

by Grant Kauvar
Beach Volleyball's Battle on the Bayou - Saturday +0
Beach Notches 25th Victory in Regular Season Finale

BATON ROUGE – The No. 4 LSU Beach Volleyball team earned its 25th win on the year Saturday at the Battle on the Bayou, finishing off the regular season and capping off a perfect home record (13-0) in the inaugural year of LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium.


“We like playing in deep sand and that’s always a challenge to our opponents,” said LSU head coach Russell Brock. “’It’s a tradition. You know Death Valley. You know the Deaf Dome. You know The Box. You know Tiger Park. All these places are venues where it’s really challenging for opponents to win. We expect that out of our surface as well.


“It’s the expectations that we will play better and will win when we are at home.”


This is the third straight season that LSU has notched at least 25 victories, but the first time in program history to reach that mark in the regular season.


“We have not been talking about that number,” said Brock. “We’ve just been trying to get better and that has put us in a better position than we’ve ever been in before.”


“Everybody is dangerous,” said Brock. “You can’t slip up or have a bad day. For us, it’s about being focused, being disciplined and playing at a really high level every time we step in the sand.”


The Tigers will travel to Emerson, Georgia next week, April 19-21, to compete in the CCSA Tournament. LSU finished as the runner-up there last season when it fell to Florida State in the championship match.


LSU honored all eight of its seniors on Saturday. Ashley Allmer, Jeni Clark, Megan Davenport and Maddie Ligon played all four years for the Tigers. Caitlin Broadwell, Olivia Beyer, Katie Kampen, Toni Rodriguez joined the Tigers in the sand this season. The latter three played for LSU indoor volleyball for four seasons and Broadwell joined after four years at Colorado State University – Pueblo.


In the first match of the day, the Tigers took down the ULM Warhawks, 4-1. LSU took every court except for Court 3. The junior pair of Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss took the top court in straight sets, 21-17 and 21-19. 


Sophomore Kahlee York and Allmer won on Court 2, 21-15 and 21-18. On Court 4, graduate transfer Taryn Kloth, who has one year of eligibility remaining, paired up with Ligon to win in two sets, 21-16 and 21-12. Beyer and sophomore Hunter Domanski joined forces on Court 5, 21-15 and 21-16. Davenport and Rodriguez dropped Court 3, 24-22 and 21-16.


To finish off the regular season, LSU swept Spring Hill College, 5-0. Coppola and Nuss won their 12th straight match, 21-13 and 21-12. Junior Olivia Powers and Allmer took Court 2, 21-13 and 21-9. Rodriguez and Ligon dominated on Court 3, 21-12 and 21-10.


Kloth and Davenport won on Court 4, 21-10 and 21-11, Davenport’s 71st win as a Tiger. Beyer and Domanski took Court 5, 21-12 and 21-13.


LSU Tigers 4, ULM Warhawks 1

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Grace Convey/Tamara Merseli (ULMBV) 21-17, 21-19

2. Kahlee York/Ashley Allmer (LSU) def. Catherine Griffith/Maile Sellers (ULMBV) 21-15, 21-18

3. Kayla Gallant/Gabby Love (ULMBV) def. Toni Rodriguez/Megan Davenport (LSU) 24-22, 21-16

4. Taryn Kloth/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Elizabeth Moreland/Allie Kemp (ULMBV) 21-16, 21-12

5. Olivia Beyer/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Holland Ponthieux/Bailey Smith (ULMBV) 21-15, 21-16

Ext. Caitlin Broadwell/Jeni Clark (LSU) def. Katie McKay/Emma Vann (ULMBV) 21-16, 21-15


LSU Tigers 5, Spring Hill 0

1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Payton Gidney/Kassandra Failry (SHC) 21-13, 21-12

2. Olivia Powers/Ashley Allmer (LSU) def. Allison Weimer/Caroline Herrera (SHC) 21-13, 21-9

3. Toni Rodriguez/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Brittany Bilotti/Sarah Senft (SHC) 21-12, 21-10

4. Taryn Kloth/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Taylor Hurst/Cassadi Sterrett (SHC) 21-10, 21-11

5. Olivia Beyer/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Emily Greim/Emmarose Neibart (SHC) 21-12, 21-13

Ext. Leanne Sorrel/Emily Sullivan (SHC) def. Caitlin Broadwell/Jeni Clark (LSU) 21-14, 18-21, 15-12