No. 2 LSU sweeps Tiger Beach Challenge

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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.

Melia Lindner and Kahlee York earned their first victories of the season when they played together on Court 3 in the final match of the day against Spring Hill, 21-8 and 21-12.

Hunter Domanski and Olivia Powers paired together on Court 5 for the first time this season and won all six of their sets on Sunday.

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

1. Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola (LSU) def. Abigail Devido/Emma Coudon (AMCC) 21-11, 21-15

2. Jess Schaben/Sydney Moore (LSU) def. Rachel Young/Fanny Ahman (AMCC) 21-13, 21-11

3. Toni Rodriguez/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (LSU) def. Giuliana Corrales/Brooke Adkisson (AMCC) 21-15, 21-8

4. Taryn Kloth/Kelli Agnew (LSU) def. Kylie Kvam/Taylor Horsfall (AMCC) 21-17, 21-17

5. Hunter Domanski/Olivia Powers (LSU) def. Hannah Smyers/Anna Erftenbeck (AMCC) 21-14, 21-12

Ext. Allison Coens/Kahlee York (LSU) def. E. Van Velthooven/Demi McInnis (AMCC) 16-21, 21-19, 15-10

#2 LSU 5, Tulane 0

1. Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola (LSU) def. Kaylie McHugh/Eva Torruella (TUL) 21-19, 22-20

2. Jess Schaben/Sydney Moore (LSU) def. Tarin Mergener/Kendall Peters (TUL) 22-20, 29-27

3. Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope/Toni Rodriguez (LSU) def. Ashton Mares/Ellie Leitko (TUL) 21-15, 21-13

4. Taryn Kloth/Kelli Agnew (LSU) def. Addie Hermstad/Samantha Mehlman (TUL) 21-11, 21-13

5. Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) def. Rio Frohoff/Gabby Becerra (TUL) 21-17, 21-13

Ext. Alexis Toney/Nicole Decker (LSU) def. Haley Gibson/Oona Bruss (TUL) 21-19, 21-14

#2 LSU 5, Spring Hill College 0

1. Kristen Nuss/Claire Coppola (LSU) def. Payton Gidney/Mikayla Boyer (SPRSVB) 21-10, 21-14

2. Sydney Moore/Jess Schaben (LSU) def. Brittany Bilotti/Allison Weimer (SPRSVB) 21-13, 21-19

3. Melia Lindner/Kahlee York (LSU) def. Emmarose Neibert/Kassandra Fairly (SPRSVB) 21-8, 21-12

4. Natalie Martin/Taryn Kloth (LSU) def. Cassidi Sterrett/Sarah Senft (SPRSVB) 21-5, 21-6

5. Hunter Domanski/Olivia Powers (LSU) def. Leanne Sorrel/Taylor Hurst (SPRSVB) 21-12, 21-15

Ext. Tatum Ballard/Allison Coens (LSU) def. Emily Sullivan/Ryann Horkavy (SPRSVB) 21-5, 19-21, 15-13

(Release provided by LSU Athletics)

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