Tale of two matches: LSU beach volleyball knocked into loser’s bracket with loss to Florida State after early sweep of Missouri State

LSU's Reilly Allred serves up a teammate during Thursday's action in Gulf Shores, Ala. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics.

LSU was swept by Florida State Thursday afternoon at the CCSA Beach Volleyball Tournament, but the Tigers remain alive in the double-elimination bracket and will face South Carolina Friday morning at 11 a.m. at John Hunt Park.

LSU was dominant in its morning 5-0 sweep over Missouri State, but the Tigers were unable to carry that momentum into their match against the Seminoles and dropped a match by the same score.

“The attitude we had in our first match (against MSU) was just to impose our will to do what we want to do,” LSU beach volleyball coach Russell Brock said. “We did that in the first match and in the second match (against FSU), we kind of were reactive. We have to be better.

“That’s what we have to do against South Carolina. We have to get back into the space where we are capable and play from that place of confidence and freedom.”

On Court 2, Kylie Deberg and Kelli Greene-Agnew fell in straight sets, 21-19 and 21-16 as Florida State jumped ahead.

After Ellie Shank and Grace Seits dropped the opening set on Court 4, 21-14, they battled valiantly in the second set. Shank and Seits put themselves in a position to force a third set and had multiple set-point serves, but they could not close the set and Florida State came back to take the second set, 25-23. Similarly on Court 1, Bella Bauman and Parker Bracken lost in the first, 21-17, but had an opportunity in the second. They ended up falling though, 24-22, as Florida State took the court and clinched the match.

Reilly Allred and Holly Carlton took the first set on Court 3, 21-19, but fell in the next two sets, 21-18 and 15-11. On Court 5, Sierra Caffo and Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope fell 21-16 in the first set, but were able to force a third with a 21-17 set-two win. Florida State took the third set though, 16-14 to earn the sweep over LSU.

FSU 5, LSU 0

1. FSU Brook Bauer/Maddie Anderson def. LSU Bella Bauman/Parker Bracken – 21-17, 24-22

2. FSU Alaina Chacon/Madison Fitzpatrick def. LSU Kylie Deberg/Kellie Greene-Agnew – 21-19, 21-16

3 FSU Kate Privett/Anna Long def. LSU Reilly Allred/Holly Carlton – 19-21, 21-18, 15-11

4. FSU Jordan Polo/Morgan Chacon def. LSU Ellie Shank/Grace Seits – 21-14, 25-23

5. FSU Caitlin Moon/Raelyn White def. LSU Sierra Caffo/Ashlyn Rasnick/Pope – 21-16, 17-21, 16-14

LSU 5, Missouri State 0

1. LSU Bella Bauman/Parker Bracken def. MSU Tylar Garrett/Mya Young – 21-10, 21-11

2. LSU Kylie Deberg/Kelli Greene-Agnew def. MSU Grace Cook/Chloe Tome – 21-14, 21-11

3. LSU Reilly Allred/Holly Carlton def. MSU Addison Crider/Kaeli Kristensen – 21-19, 21-16

4. LSU Ellie Shank/Grace Seits def. MSUBrooke Plessner/Becca Bach – 21-7, 21-11

5. LSU Sierra Caffo/Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope def. MSU Parker McAllen/Olivia Rattler – 21-7, 21-12

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