GULF SHORES, Ala. – LSU’s sixth-ranked beach volleyball team dropped opening sets on four courts, but pairs on Courts 2, 3 and 5 prevailed to defeat No. 2 TCU, 3-2, and keep the Tigers’ championship hopes alive.
LSU had lost its two previous meetings against TCU in the regular season – a team that was ranked No. 1 for multiple weeks throughout the year. With their 32nd win of the season, the Tigers have set a new program record for wins in a season.
“We don’t need the adrenaline to wear off because we are going to need some tomorrow,” LSU beach volleyball coach Russell Brock said. “I don’t know that we know who we play yet, but the whole day is just about taking it one point at a time. So, we’ll figure out who the next one is and get ready and figure out how to have energy. If we play like we just played, we can beat anybody in the country.”
For the second year in a row LSU knocked TCU out of the NCAA Championship round. The Tigers will be back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. in another elimination match on ESPN2 against the loser of USC and FSU who will meet Saturday morning.
LSU was sent into the elimination bracket after getting swept by UCLA earlier in the day.