The fifth-ranked LSU beach volleyball team swept both Central Arkansas and Southeastern to cap off its perfect weekend at LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium and establish a program record for regular-season wins.
“I think there were times that we played at a new level – a level that we haven’t even played at yet this year,” LSU beach volleyball coach Russell Brock said. “That’s the idea. We wanted to build all season long.”
“I’m really proud of the team and how they just worked and invested and bought in to what we were asking them to do,” Coach Brock said.
LSU (27-8) begins preparations for the CCSA Tournament in Huntsville, Alabama, from April 28-30. The Tigers will go straight into the NCAA Championship Tournament May 4-8.
This will be the first year with the expanded, 16-team field at the NCAA Championship Tournament in Gulf Shores.
“To use this weekend as a springboard getting into one more week of really aggressive training is a great place to be going into the postseason,” Brock said.
LSU swept past Central Arkansas to earn its 26th win of the season. Melia Lindner and Lara Boos got things started on Court 5 with a 21-11 and 21-17 win. Sierra Caffo and Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope battled on Court 4 to take the first set, 24-22, before finishing the job with a 21-15 second set win.
Kylie Deberg and Kelli Greene-Agnew clinched the match for LSU with a 21-10 and 21-15 win on Court 2. Bella Bauman and Parker Bracken earned LSU’s fourth straight-set win of the match on Court 1, 21-13 and 21-18.
Reilly Allred and Holly Carlton dropped the first set, 23-21, but came back to win the final two sets, 21-12 and 15-10, to give LSU the sweep. It was the 20th time this season that Allred and Carlton went three sets.
LSU did not drop a set in its final match of the weekend taking on Southeastern. On Court 4 Grace Seits and Ellie Shank got started strong with a 21-8 first set followed by a 21-13 second set. Caffo and Rasnick-Pope slid down to Court 5 for the Southeastern match and handled their business, winning both sets 21-14.
Deberg and Greene-Agnew were dominant, giving up a total of just 11 points combined in both sets and winning 21-7 and 21-4 to clinch the match on Court 2. Allred and Carlton did not need another three-setter as they took their match in straight sets on Court 3, 21-16 and 21-7. Bauman and Bracken finished the sweep with a 21-12 and 21-13 victory on Court 1.
LSU 5, Central Arkansas 0
- Bella Bauman/Parker Bracken (LSU) def. Faith Hasness/Carol Barbosa (UCA) 21-13, 21-18
- Kylie Deberg/Kelli Greene-Agnew (LSU) def. Julia Oravec/Kelsie Sager (UCA) 21-10, 21-15
- Reilly Allred/Holly Carlton (LSU) def. Evelyn Griffith Davi/Bria Garmon (UCA) 21-23, 21-12, 15-10
- Sierra Caffo/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (LSU) def. Kayla Cook/Payton Sproule (UCA) 24-22, 21-15
- Melia Lindner/Lara Boos (LSU) def. Ryenne Gepford/Marissa Gilmore (UCA) 21-11, 21-17
LSU 5, Southeastern 0
- Bella Bauman/Parker Bracken (LSU) def. Meagan Scuderi/Jolie Hidalgo (SLU) 21-12, 21-13
- Kylie Deberg/Kelli Greene-Agnew (LSU) def. Hannah Brewer/Jackie McGee (SLU) 21-7, 21-4
- Holly Carlton/Reilly Allred (LSU) def. Nichelle Mirarchi/Hannah Barosh (SLU) 21-16, 21-7
- Grace Seits/Ellie Shank (LSU) def. Avery Carroll/Ariana Hebert (SLU) 21-8, 21-13
- Sierra Caffo/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (LSU) def. Eryn Wilks/Linsey Sackett (SLU) 21-14, 21-14