No. 1 LSU sweeps both days of Fight at the Fort

LSU Beach Volleyball (12-2)

No. 1 LSU sweeps both days of Fight at the Fort
LSU Beach Volleyball (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

FORT WORTH, Texas (WAFB) - The No. 1 LSU beach volleyball team was on the road in Texas for the Fight at the Fort Tournament on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 that included two of four matches against ranked teams.

LSU took down No. 17 Arizona and No. 16 TCU on Friday. The Sandtigers (12-2) then dominated Missouri St. and UAB on Saturday. They have won 11 straight.

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Kelli Agnew and Taryn Kloth dominated UAB, 21-14 and 21-7, Saturday afternoon. The pair improved to 13-0 and has yet to drop a single set this season. Hunter Domanski and Olivia Powers then beat the Blazers, 21-15 and 21-12. Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss clinched with 21-9 and 21-9 victories. Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope and Toni Rodriguez also won in straight sets, 21-8 and 21-14. Jess Schaben and Sydney Moore needed three sets to complete the sweep. The pair dropped the first set, 21-19, but rallied to get 21-19 and 15-11 wins.

LSU faced Missouri State earlier in the day. Agnew and Kloth came away with 21-12 and 21-7 wins. Domanski and Powers won in straight sets as well, 21-9 and 21-19. Coppola and Nuss won in matching 21-11 and 21-11 sets. Rasnick-Pope and Rodriguez won, 21-16 and 21-10. Schaben and Moore needed three sets to win. They won the first set, 25-23, dropped the second, 21-18, and won the third, 19-17 in extra points.

Coppola and Nuss dominated in straight sets against Arizona on Friday and became just the third collegiate beach pair with 100 wins together. Agnew and Kloth beat a Wildcat pair in straight sets. They are undefeated this season. Schaben and Moore split the first two sets before a 15-11 win in the third. Rodriguez and Rasnick-Pope also needed three sets to clinch the sweep for LSU.

Against TCU, Agnew and Kloth won in straight sets again. Domanski and Powers did the same in their match. Coppola and Nuss rebounded from a first-set loss to win the next two and pull out the victory. Rodriguez and Rasnick-Pope again needed three sets but got the win. Schaben and Moore won their first set but dropped the next two and suffered the defeat.

The Sandtigers jumped to the top of the AVCA and DiG rankings on Monday after defeating previously top-ranked UCLA in consecutive weeks, including in front of an NCAA beach record on-campus crowd of 2,407 Saturday, Feb. 29 at LSU Beach Volleyball Stadium.

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