No. 1 Beach Suffers First Loss to No. 2 FSU

by Grant Kauvar | Communications Graduate Assistant
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No. 1 Beach Suffers First Loss to No. 2 FSU

BATON ROUGE – In a battle between the nation’s two top ranked teams Saturday in LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium, No. 2 Florida State took down No. 1 LSU, 4-1. In the Tiger’s first match of the day, LSU swept No. 11 Florida Atlantic.

“This was a great test for us to know where we are,” said head coach Russell Brock. “You never want to lose, but if you’re going to, losing now (in week 2) is definitely the time to do it. We still have a great team and I know the team is excited, not about the loss, but about the perspective of how good we are and how good we’re going to be.

“If anything, it will help us work harder, it will help us work more focused, it will help us work more effectively as we look to get better in the next months.”

LSU is back in action Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. No. 19 Georgia State before wrapping up the Tiger Beach Challenge against Houston Baptist at 6 p.m. The matches will air on Cox Sports Television.

In the first match of the day, LSU showed its dominance. Kahlee York and Olivia Ordonez started strong on Court 5, 21-13 and 21-14. Soon Jess Lansman and Sydney Moore clinched Court 4 as well, 21-17 and 21-10, as LSU took a 2-0 court advantage.

Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss made quick work on Court 1, 21-10 and 21-15. Toni Rodriguez and Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope also earned a sweep on Court 3, 21-13 and 21-16. 

Claire Coppola and Kelli Greene-Agnew needed a third set. They won set one, 21-15, but fell in the second, 21-16. They responded by winning the third set, 15-12, to give the Tigers a sweep over FAU.

The premiere match of the weekend featured the nation’s top two teams in No. 1 LSU and No. 2 FSU. The Seminoles started strong and it was difficult for the Tigers to respond. On Court 5, York and Ordonez fell in straight sets, 21-15 and 21-18. Lansman and Moore also fell on Court 4 after battling, 21-19 and 21-17. 

FSU clinched it on Court 2 as Coppola and Greene-Agnew fell, 21-12 and 21-14. Kloth and Nuss got LSU’s only court of the match on the first, 25-23 and 21-15. 

Rodriguez and Rasnick-Pope lost a tightly contested first set, 21-13, but responded in the second, 21-18, to force a third. They fell in the third though, 15-11.

LSU 5, Florida Atlantic 0

1. Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Erica Brok/Mackenzie Morris (FAU21) 21-10, 21-15

2. Claire Coppola/Kelli Greene-Agnew (LSU) def. Ellie Austin/Savannah Pesante (FAU21) 21-15, 16-21, 15-12

3. Toni Rodriguez/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (LSU) def. Kenley Adams/Jillenne Cangelosi (FAU21) 21-13, 21-16

4. Jess Lansman/Sydney Moore (LSU) def. Courtney Moon/Kaila Dorish (FAU21) 21-17, 21-10

5. Kahlee York/Olivia Ordonez (LSU) def. Lily Richman/Maylin Bouffard (FAU21) 21-13, 21-14

Ext. Grace Seits/Reilly Allred (LSU) def. Alivia Orvieto/Logan Mignerey (FAU21) 21-14, 21-23, 15-10

Florida State 4, LSU 1

1. Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Alaina Chacon/Molly McBain (FS) 25-23, 21-15

2. Torrey Van Winden/Keara Rutz (FS) def. Claire Coppola/Kelli Greene-Agnew (LSU) 21-12, 21-14

3. Sara Putt/Maddie Anderson (FS) def. Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope/Toni Rodriguez (LSU) 23-21, 18-21, 15-11

4. Payton Caffrey/Liz Waters-Leiga (FS) def. Jess Lansman/Sydney Moore (LSU) 21-19, 21-17

5. Kate Privett/Jenna Johnson (FS) def. Kahlee York/Olivia Ordonez (LSU) 21-15, 21-18