Kloth and Nuss Earn AVCA National Beach Pair of the Week
BATON ROUGE – Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, LSU Beach Volleyball’s Court 1 pair, went 5-0 over the weekend at the March to May in Gulf Shores and have been named the AVCA/collegebeachvb.com National Pair of the Week, announced on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Kloth and Nuss were named CCSA Pair of the Week for the conference as well.
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Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss joined to Viral Volley Podcast to talk about the start to the season and what’s to come for the Tigers!
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Both Kloth and Nuss have earned the honor before but with different partners. Nuss and Claire Coppola became LSU’s first pair to win the award in 2018 after a flawless weekend in South Carolina and then received it again in 2019 following a weekend tournament a Florida State. Kloth teamed up with Kelli Greene-Agnew last season and the duo garnered the same recognition after an undefeated opening weekend in Hawaii.
Kloth and Nuss are currently considered the top pair on the top court in the country according to collegebeachvb.com. Individually, Kloth and Nuss also rank as the nation’s top two players, both with a 54.7 MoVR ranking which is a rating system that relies on probabilities of beating opponents.
LSU competed on the sands of Gulf Shores over the weekend where Kloth and Nuss were a perfect 5-0, defeating Court 1 pairs from four Top-20 teams. The LSU duo is 13-0, dropping just one set.
On Saturday, Kloth and Nuss defeated pairs that they had faced and defeated the previous weekend as well. First it was No. 18 Georgia State’s Eden Hawes and Maddy Delmonte who Kloth and Nuss defeated handidly, 21-15 and 21-14. No. 2 Florida State’s Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain handed Kloth and Nuss their first set loss of the season, but the LSU pair showed no issues to rebound, taking the match in three sets.
Kloth and Nuss have handed Chacon and McBain two of their three losses over the past two seasons.
On Sunday, Kloth and Nuss opened against No. 20 Tulane’s Court 1 duo of Eva Torruella and Kendall Peters and won in straight-sets, 21-13 and 21-16. No. 11 Grand Canyon’s Bella Bauman and Teagan DeFalcoin were 10-2 last season, but for Kloth and Nuss it was a simple two-set win, 21-12 and 21-17. The LSU duo closed out their weekend taking down UAB’s Rachel Tam and Mikayla Law-Heese, 21-13 and 21-11.
The Tigers will host New Orleans, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, South Carolina, Houston Baptist and Southern Miss this weekend for the LSU Beach Invitational.