Beach Drops To No. 4 In AVCA Poll

by Grant Kauvar | Communications Graduate Assistant
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Beach Drops To No. 4 In AVCA Poll

BATON ROUGE – After going 1-3 this weekend in Los Angeles against USC and UCLA, the LSU Beach Volleyball team fell to No. 4 in the latest AVCA Poll released Tuesday afternoon.

“Across the board there is improvement that needs to be made and every weekend that is evident,” head coach Russell Brock said Sunday. “This weekend was extra important for that feedback because you’re playing against the teams that matter most in the landscape of our sport.”

The Tigers have been featured inside the AVCA Top-Four for 20 consecutive polls, dating back to the Week 3 Poll of the 2019 season.

Despite going 1-3 over the weekend, the trip to California revealed that LSU can compete with any of the other three top-four teams in the nation. LSU, FSU, UCLA and USC have been the only teams in the top-four for the entire season. Florida State also went 1-3 against the same teams over the weekend. Both LSU and FSU went 1-1 at USC and 0-2 at UCLA. Every match in California was tightly contested. 

“Clearly we knew it was going to be tight matches across the board in every round this weekend,” said Brock. “That’s what we expected that every match on every court was going to be tight and it was going to be really good volleyball played at a really high level.”

UCLA took over the top spot after a 4-0 weekend while both USC and FSU dropped one spot each to No. 2 and 3, respectively.

LSU dropped both matches Saturday at UCLA before splitting two matches at USC on Sunday.

“I think that that’s the character of our team,” said Brock. “We played better today against a team that is really strong and deep. I think we still left a bit on the table, but I’m glad it’s in the middle of the season and not in Gulf Shores in May.”

Week 6 AVCA Poll

Rank    School (First place votes)

1          UCLA (9)

2          USC (6)

3          Florida State (1)

4          LSU

5          Loyola Marymount

6          Cal Poly

T7        Stanford

T7        TCU

9          Grand Canyon

10        Pepperdine

11        Cal

12        Arizona

13        FAU

14        Hawai’i

15        FIU

16        Long Beach State

17        Stetson

18        South Carolina

19        Georgia State

20        Florida Gulf Coast