No. 2 LSU Sweeps Tiger Beach Challenge
BATON ROUGE – Following an epic 3-2 victory over No. 1 UCLA Saturday night in front of one of the largest college beach volleyball crowds ever, No. 2 LSU did not drop a single set in three matches on Sunday, sweeping the weekend at the Tiger Beach Challenge in LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium.
The Tigers never took their foot off the gas as they earned clean sweeps over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Tulane and Spring Hill College to improve to 8-2 on the season. LSU has won seven consecutive matches, including two wins over No. 1 UCLA and one win over No. 5 Hawaii. The new rankings come out Monday afternoon.
“They’re locked in and playing really well 1-5,” said coach Russell Brock. “If one of the partners is struggling a little bit, they’re getting picked up and we’re not getting in sticky situations. That’s really comforting and it’s great to have that luxury of knowing we’re not going to slip up against people that we should beat.”
Kelli Agnew and Taryn Kloth, the reigning National Beach Pair of the Week, stayed perfect on Court 4 this weekend. They still haven’t dropped a set for the Tigers on Court 4 and are 9-0 together in the sand.
“They’re playing really well together,” said Brock. “The more they play together, the scary thing is, the better they’ll get.
“If they’re this good right now, it’s really exciting to know that they’ll keep improving.”
Kloth paired with freshman Natalie Martin against Spring Hill and the pair dominated. Kloth picked up her 10th win of the year and Martin earned her first collegiate victory as the Court 4 pair made quick work against Spring Hill, 21-5 and 21-6.
Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss swept the weekend on Court 1 and are now one match away from becoming the third beach pair of all-time to reach 100 career victories together. The two-time defending CCSA Pair of the Year has played every collegiate match together since their 2017 freshman seasons.
LSU will travel to Fort Worth, Texas for TCU’s Fight in the Fort. LSU will begin on Friday against Arizona at 10:30 a.m. CT followed with TCU at 12:30 p.m. LSU will finish play in Fort Worth on Saturday against Missouri State at 9 a.m. and UAB at 1 p.m.
#2 LSU 5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 0
#2 LSU 5, Tulane 0
#2 LSU 5, Spring Hill College 0