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LSU Sports Information
By: Chris Blair
Voice of the Tigers Chris Blair sits down with LSU Athletics Director Scott Woodward to discuss major announcements this week from the Athletics department. The two discuss the homecoming of new women's basketball head coach Kim Mulkey, outdoor athletics events moving to 100 percent capacity, this week's NFL Draft and more.
Interview is Below... Enjoy... GEAUX TIGERS!!!
LSU Sports Information
By: Michael Bonnette
BATON ROUGE – LSU Athletics, following the lead of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edward’s proclamation on Tuesday allowing for 100 percent capacity at outdoor sporting events, will move to full capacity at all outdoor sporting events effective immediately, LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward announced on Wednesday.
Masks will no longer be required at LSU sporting events held outdoors.
The move to full capacity at LSU outdoor athletic events starts on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium when the Tigers host top-ranked Arkansas. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. start on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Other events on the LSU campus this weekend include softball hosting Arkansas for a three-game series beginning on Saturday as well as the nation’s top-ranked track and field program hosting the LSU Invitational on Saturday at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Fans will also be allowed to resume normal tailgating activities on campus with no COVID-related restrictions.
“We are excited about the opportunity to welcome our fans back in full force this weekend,” Woodward said. “This move is another positive step for us as a campus and community. I want to thank our fans that have patiently waited and abided by the protocols we had in place since our return to competition in the fall. It’s going to be a great sight to see our fans pack Alex Box Stadium, Tiger Park and Bernie Moore this weekend.”
Fans wishing to purchase tickets for upcoming LSU baseball and softball games can do so by visiting www.LSUtix.net.
Update for LSU Outdoor Sporting Events
LSU Sports Information
By: Grant Kauvar
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The LSU Beach Volleyball team fell to Florida State, 4-1, in the CCSA Semifinals, but the Tigers will still have an opportunity to play in to the CCSA Championship match.
LSU will face TCU Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and a win for the Tigers would put them in the championship against FSU which would take place at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers and Horned Frogs faced each other last night and LSU won the match, 3-2, with a dramatic third-set victory on Court 5 by Olivia Ordonez and Kahlee York.
"We have two opportunities tomorrow to clean up our side of things," said head coach Russell Brock. "I'm liking the fact that as we played that match (vs. FSU), we know that there is at most a couple of points in three of those courts and that's a 4-1 win for us. It's our job between now and tomorrow to clean that up.
"First, we've got to clean up the match we played against TCU. It's a great opportunity for us to show that we can play how we did against Florida State and then even a little bit better against someone that's not Florida State. That's an opportunity we have to take advantage of."
Despite a forecast for bad weather on Saturday, the sun was shining as the Tigers faced the Seminoles. Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss advanced to 30-0 on Court 1 for the season. Court 2, 3 and 5 went to three sets, but the Tigers were unable any of them.
LSU's Jess Lansman and Sydney Moore fell on Court 4 in two sets, 21-17 and 21-15. Kloth and Nuss won in straight sets on Court 1 though to even the match, 21-19 and 21-19.
Dating back to last season when they played with different partners, Kloth has won 44 matches in a row and Nuss has won 42 straight. They are the nation's only undefeated pair on Court 1.
Ordonez and York fell in a tightly contested first set on Court 5 that was back and forth from start to finish, 22-20. The second set was just as close, but LSU's fives pair secured it, 21-18, to force a third where they ultimately fell, 15-10.
Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope and Grace Seits won the first set on Court 3, 21-18. They fell in a close second set though, 22-20. In the deciding set, Rasnick-Pope and Seits fell, 15-12, as FSU clinched its spot in the CCSA Championship.
On Court 2, Claire Coppola and Kelli Greene-Agnew fell in set one, 21-13, but came back and got a big second set win, 21-19. In third though, they could not complete the comeback as FSU won, 15-9.
FSU 4, LSU 1
Court 1: Kloth/Nuss (LSU) def. Van Winden/Rutz (FSU): 21-19, 21-19
Court 2: Chacon/Anderson (FSU) def. Coppola/Greene-Agnew (LSU): 21-13, 19-21, 15-9
Court 3: Caffrey/McBain (FSU) def. Rasnick-Pope/Seits (LSU): 18-21, 22-20, 15-12
Court 4: Putt/White (FSU) def. Lansman/Moore (LSU): 21-17, 21-15
Court 5: Privett/Johnson (FSU) def. Ordonez/York (LSU): 22-20, 18-21, 15-10
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU Tiger Tracks, a program highlighting various aspects of the university and its athletics department, can be seen at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday on Cox Sports Television. A replay of the show will air at 1:30 p.m. CT Friday.
The show, hosted by Jordy Hultberg and Bill Franques, is a weekly 30-minute production featuring
interviews with LSU administrators, coaches and student-athletes, along with a look at some of the events and scholarly activity on campus.
Tiger Tracks begins with profile by correspondent Paul Boron of LSU quarterback Myles Brennan, who is working his way back into top physical condition after suffering a season-ending injury last fall.
Boron later provides a report on the NCAA Gymnastics Championships this week in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Tigers seek their first national title.
The show also features a conversation with football general manager Austin Thomas, who discusses LSU’s recent Pro Day held at the indoor practice facility.
LSU Sports Information
By: Aaron Hyder
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU women's and men's track and field teams are both ranked No. 1 in the nation in the third edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ratings index released on Monday morning.
This marks the third consecutive week that the women are ranked No. 1 nationally. For the men, its their second time in three weeks to be ranked No. 1.
The Tigers added or improved five marks on the NCAA top 10 list including Tonea Marshall's new NCAA lead of 12.70 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles. Marshall, who already owned the NCAA lead with a 12.75 from the Texas Relays, clocked her fastest time of the season with a time of 12.70, albeit it was wind aided, but allowable for NCAA qualifying marks.
Jumpers JuVaughn Harrison and Rayvon Grey registered quality marks in their respective events. Grey's best mark of the week in the long jump was a wind-aided 26' 7.75" (8.12 meters). He also added a wind legal personal best of 26' 7" (8.10 meters) on the attempt prior. Grey's jump ranks No. 2 in the NCAA and moves him up to No. 6 in the LSU record books. Harrison cleared 7' 3.75" (2.23 meters) in the high jump to rank fourth in the NCAA.
The other marks added to the top 10 were by Symone Mason and Eric Edwards Jr. Mason ran a personal best of 11.21 in the 100 meters to rank sixth nationally, and Edwards Jr. ran wind-aided time of 13.52 in the 110 meter hurdles to move up to No. 5 in the NCAA.
All other marks that are ranked in the top 10 can be viewed below:
LSU Nationally Ranked Athletes
Women's 4x100m Relay – No. 1 – 42.87
Terrance Laird – No. 1 – 200 Meters (19.81)
Damion Thomas – No. 1 – 110m Hurdles (13.22)
Alia Armstrong – No. 2 – 100m Hurdles (12.85)
Lisa Gunnarsson – No. 2 – Pole Vault (14' 9"/4.50m)
Abigail O'Donoghue – No. 2 – High Jump (6' 2"/1.88m)
Men's 4x100m Relay – No. 2 – 38.70
Men's 4x400m Relay – No. 2 – 3:01.00
Favour Ofili – No. 3 – 200 Meters (22.69)
Noah Williams – No. 4 – 200 Meters (20.28w)
Jurnee Woodward – No. 4 – 400m Hurdles (56.64)
Jake Norris – No. 4 – Hammer Throw (237' 3"/72.31m)
Jon Nerdal – No. 5 – Hammer Throw (232' 8"/70.92m)
Milan Young – No. 5 – 400m Hurdles (56.94)
Thelma Davies – No. 6 – 200 Meters (22.89)
Thelma Davies – No. 6 – 100 Meters (11.21)
Brittley Humphrey – No. 7 – 400m Hurdles (57.54)
Sean 'Squirrel' Burrell – No. 8 – 400 Meters (45.42)
Milan Young – No. 8 – 100m Hurdles (13.06)
Women's 4x400m Relay – No. 9 – 3:32.28
Outdoor Season Rankings
March 29 – Women (#1), Men (#1)
April 5 – Women (#1), Men (#2)
April 12 – Women (#1), Men (#1)
LSU Sports Information
By: Aaron Hyder
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The LSU track and field team collected 12 wins on the final day of the Crimson Tide Invitational at the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium on Saturday.
Rayvon Grey had the performance of the day for the Tigers with the second best mark in the long jump in the nation. On his fourth attempt of the day, the senior from New York leaped out to a wind-aided winning mark of 26' 7.75" (8.12 meters). One attempt prior and he collected a wind legal personal best of 26' 7" (8.10 meters) to move into the No. 6 spot on the all-time LSU list. His series was ever so consistent with all three of his jumps that he didn't foul on over 26 feet.
Grey wasn't the only jumper to put in work on Saturday as JuVaughn Harrison (high jump), Abigail O'Donoghue (high jump) and Mercy Abire Matanmi (long jump) captured event titles as well. Harrison opened his outdoor campaign with a clearance of 7' 3.75" (2.23 meters) to move up to a No. 4 ranking in the NCAA. Matanmi PR'd in the long jump with a leap of 21' 0.75" (6.42 meters) to win her event, and O'Donoghue won her second straight high jump event title with a clearance of 6' 0.50" (1.84 meters) on Saturday.
Kyndal McKnight and Sean Dixon-Bodie collected second-place showings in the women's and men's triple jumps. McKnight took silver with a mark of 42' 2.75" (12.87 meters) and Serena Bolden took bronze with a leap of 42' (12.80 meters). Dixon-Bodie collected an outdoor PR of 52' 8" (16.05 meters) to garner his silver medal in the triple jump. Dixon-Bodie finished second overall but was the top collegiate finisher in the event behind a professional.
The sprinters and hurdlers piled up five wins on the day in individual events. Tonea Marshall (12.70w) and Milan Young (13.18w) finished first and third in the 100 meter hurdles, and the freshman duo of Leah Phillips (59.39) and Sean 'Squirrel' Burrell (50.64) swept titles in the 400 meter hurdles; the time of 50.64 made Burrell the 10th fastest hurdler over the distance of 400 meters in LSU history. In the 200 meters, Amber Anning won with a windy readout of 23.23 and senior Tyler Terry collected a 200 meter title on men's side with a windy time of 20.69.
The men's javelin crew took three of the top four spots in their event with Tzuriel Pedigo leading the way. Pedigo registered a season best of 235' 1" (71.67 meters) to win his second event title of the season and the mark of 235' 1" moved him up to No. 4 on the all-time LSU list. Eli Gaughan launched a career best of 223' 10" (68.23 meters) to take silver and Andre Girouard placed fourth with a throw of 210' 1" (64.05 meters).
The women's and men's 4x100 meter relays also won titles to start the day on the track. The women's crew of Tonea Marshall, Favour Ofili, Symone Mason, and Thelma Davies went 43.07 to win their race, and the men's side of Dylan Peebles, Dorian Camel, Noah Williams, and Terrance Laird ran a 39.13 to win.
Shelby Spoor worked her way into the LSU record book for the second straight week, this time in the 5,000 meters. The freshman ran a time of 17:19.99 to place second in the event and move up to ninth all-time in LSU history. She's also in the top 10 in the 3,000 meters. Fellow distance runner Sara Funderburk PR'd in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:40.79 to move into the No. 2 slot in LSU history in the event; her time of 10:40.79 earned her bronze.
Additional Podium Finishes
Ashley LaJocies – 3rd Place – 5,000 Meters - 17:28.75
Eric Edwards – 2nd Place – 110m Hurdles - 13.52w
Symone Mason – 2nd Place – 100 Meters - 11.21 – NCAA No. 6
Thelma Davies – 3rd Place – 100 Meters – 11.40
LSU Sports Information
By: Grant Kauvar
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 LSU Beach Volleyball team split two matches under sunny skies at Merle Norman Stadium against No. 1 USC Sunday, winning the first match, 3-2, before dropping the second, 2-3.
"Across the board there is improvement that needs to be made and every weekend that is evident," said head coach Russell Brock. "This weekend was extra important for that feedback because you're playing against the teams that matter most in the landscape of our sport."
The Tigers showed great fight in the sand Sunday, rebounding after dropping two tightly contested matchups Saturday at No. 4 UCLA.
"I think that that's the character of our team," said Brock. "We played better today against a team that is really strong and deep. I think we still left a bit on the table, but I'm glad it's in the middle of the season and not in Gulf Shores in May."
No. 3 LSU and No. 2 FSU both made the journey from the East to LA this weekend and both went 1-1 against No. 1 USC and 0-2 against No. 4 UCLA.
"Clearly we knew it was going to be tight matches across the board in every round this weekend," said Brock. "That's what we expected that every match on every court was going to be tight and it was going to be really good volleyball played at a really high level."
Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss remained undefeated, taking down future Olympian Tina Graudina and All-American Sammy Slater in two battles on Court 1. They are the only undefeated Court 1 pair remaining in the nation.
In the first match at Merle Norman Stadium, the Tigers started by splitting matches on Courts 4 and 5. Olivia Ordonez and Kahlee York came close in the first set on Court 5, but ultimately fell, 23-21, before dropping the second set, 21-13. Jess Lansman and Sydney Moore played great beach volleyball on Court 4, winning both sets 21-19 to even the overall match at one.
Claire Coppola and Kelli Greene-Agnew fell on Court 2 in straight sets, 21-18 and 21-13. Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope and Toni Rodriguez picked up Court 3 though, 21-18 and 21-13, to once again even the match.
All eyes turned to Court 1 where Kloth and Nuss won the first set, 21-12, but dropped the second, 21-19, to force a third. The third set was back and forth and neither pair could create much separation, but ultimately the Tigers came out on top, 15-13, to give No. 3 LSU the victory over No. 1 USC.
The second match began nearly 30 minutes after Kloth and Nuss clinched the first match. Lansman and Moore were unable to win back-to-back matches on Court 4 and fell in the second match, 21-17 and 21-14.
On Court 5, Ordonez and York fell in the first set in a heated battle, 27-25, but responded 21-14 in the second to force a third. The pair from LSU could not clinch and fell, 15-10, as sisters Audrey and Nicole Nourse remained perfect on the season.
Kloth and Nuss made quicker work in the second set, taking down Graudina and Slater in straight sets, 24-22 and 21-15. Both Courts 2 and 3 needed three sets to be decided.
Coppola and Greene-Agnew lost the first set on Court 2, 21-12, but took 21-17 in the second set. They ultimately dropped the third set, 15-11, as USC clinched the second match. Moments later Rasnick-Pope and Rodrgiez finished on Court 3. The LSU duo won the first set, 21-18, before USC took the second, 21-15. Rasnick-Pope and Rodriguez prevailed in the third set, 15-10, but USC took the overall match, 3-2.
No. 3 LSU def. No. 1 USC, 3-2
1. Taryn KLOTH/Kristen NUSS (LSU) def. Tina GRAUDINA/Sammy SLATER (USC); 21-12, 19-21, 15-13
2. Hailey HARWARD/Megan KRAFT (USC) def. Claire COPPOLA/Kelli GREEN-AGNEW (LSU); 21-15, 21-18
3. Ashlyn RASNICK-POPE/Toni RODRIGUEZ (LSU) def. Mollie EBERTIN/Haley HALLGREN (USC); 21-18, 21-13
4. Jess LANSMAN/Sydney MOORE (LSU) def. Joy DENNIS/Delaynie MAPLE (USC); 21-19, 21-19
5. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Olivia ORDONEZ/Kahlee YORK (LSU); 23-21, 21-13
Exh. Paige DREEUWS/Maja KAISER (USC) vs. Lara BOOS/Ellie SHANK (LSU); 15-21, 22-20
No. 1 USC def. No. 3 LSU, 3-2
1. Taryn KLOTH/Kristen NUSS (LSU) def. Tina GRAUDINA/Sammy SLATER (USC); 24-22, 21-15
2. Hailey HARWARD/Megan KRAFT (USC) def. Claire COPPOLA/Kelli GREEN-AGNEW (LSU); 21-12, 17-21, 15-11
3. Ashlyn RASNICK-POPE/Toni RODRIGUEZ (LSU) def. Paige DREEUWS/Haley HALLGREN (USC); 21-18, 15-21, 15-10
4. Joy DENNIS/Delaynie MAPLE (USC) def. Jess LANSMAN/Sydney MOORE (LSU); 21-17, 21-14
5. Audrey NOURSE/Nicole NOURSE (USC) def. Olivia ORDONEZ/Kahlee YORK (LSU); 27-25, 14-21, 15-10
Exh. Reilly ALLRED/Grace SEITS (LSU) def. Maja KAISER/Josannah VAZQUEZ (USC); 23-21, 21-15
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