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By: Judy Willson
BATON ROUGE --- The LSU women’s golf team will advance to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona following today’s cancellation of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers were the No. 1 seed in the regional field. It will be the 14th time in program history that LSU has advanced to the national championship field.
The No. 4-ranked Tigers will compete for a national title for the first time since 2015 when they take the Grayhawk Golf Club course, May 21-26. It will be the first time that the team has advanced in head coach Garrett Runion’s three-year tenure.
Statement from the NCAA:
NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee Statement – Baton Rouge Regional
The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee regrets that the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships regional in Baton Rouge could not be conducted as scheduled this week. The University Club has taken on over 7 inches of rain in the past several days. The Division I Women’s Golf Committee, NCAA staff and the Games Committee in Baton Rouge have been in constant communication throughout the past several days about the course conditions that have led to this unprecedented and most difficult decision.
Committee policy states that since play could not take place Wednesday, advancement will be determined by the original seeding of teams used for selection to the 2021 championship, with the top six teams and top three individuals, not on an advancing team, going to the national championships. Those teams and individuals are as follows:
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GULF SHORES, Ala.- The Tigers' beach season came to an end Sunday evening in Gulf Shores when they fell to UCLA, 3-2. The match came down to the third set on Court 5 where LSU fell by the closest of margins, 15-13.
"I could not be more proud of this team," said senior-leader Kristen Nuss, the winningest player in college beach volleyball history. "The way we fought until the very end is something that I will remember forever.
"We'll forever be a team no matter the wins and losses."
This marks the end of the road for the LSU Beach team that clawed its way back to being one of the final four teams standing after dropping its opening round match to Loyola Marymount. LSU finishes the season with a 27-9 record.
After finishing the 2020 season as the No. 1 team in the country when it was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All six seniors from last year's team returned to fight for a national championship one more time. The Tigers entered this season ranked in the same spot. LSU remained inside the top-four for the entire season.
"They risked this feeling to do it again," said head coach Russell Brock. "That says a ton about their character and not
just their ability."
For Claire Coppola, Taryn Kloth, Jess Lansman, Toni Rodriguez, and Kristen Nuss, Olivia Ordonez and Kahlee York this is the end of the road for their careers at LSU. It is a group that has led LSU to become one of the nation's top programs. Before they arrived in Baton Rouge, LSU had never made it to the NCAA Championship. Since they joined the program, LSU has not missed out on being one of the final eight teams invited to Gulf Shores.
"Anybody that has seen our team play the past five years has seen the body of work," said Brock. "All the stats are
almost incalculable. Even as we stand in the circle, it's daunting to think about how we will replace them. It's not just their skill. It's their accountability level, the way that they commit to the program, their understanding of what it means to be who we are.
"Where we came from and where we are as a program, they are that. Without them it will be tough, but they will always be remembered fondly and as the greatest group that as ever put on the purple and gold."
The match in the sand against the Bruins was intense and it came down to the bitter end.
Jess Lansman and Sydney Moore got the Tigers started with a strong performance on Court 4, 21-15 and 21-17.
Claire Coppola, who has 121 wins in her career (fourth most in college beach history), and Kelli Greene-Agnew fell on Court 2 as
UCLA tied the overall dual, 21-19 and 21-13.
Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss capped off a perfect season on Court 1 as they won both sets by a score of 23-21.
Nuss finished her LSU career with 139 victories, the winningest player in the history of college beach volleyball.
As a pair, Kloth and Nuss finished the season 36-0 which ties the best record by an undefeated pair on Court 1 ever. Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes from USC had the same undefeated record in 2016.
On Court 3, Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope and Toni Rodrgiuez fell, 23-21 and 21-18, as UCLA evened the match once again. Rodriguez finishes her seven-year LSU career after competing for both the indoor and beach programs.
The attention shifted to Court 5 where Olivia Ordonez and Kahlee York won the first set, 21-15, and dropped the second set, 21-19. The LSU duo battled back after trailing by three, 8-5. They were able to get the score within one but were unable to ever tie it up and UCLA took the third set, 15-13, claiming the match.
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GULF SHORES, Ala. - No. 4 LSU took down No. 8 TCU, 3-1, in an elimination match at the NCAA Championship to keep its season alive.
"Everytime we step in the sand now we know it's going to be win or go home," said head coach Russell Brock. "If it's pretty, if it's ugly or if it's somewhere in between. We've got to find a way to get it done. We got it done in good fashion."
The Tigers will face Florida State at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. The Tigers are 0-4 against the Seminoles this season, but each match has been razor thin. In the CCSA Championship match, LSU fell, 3-2, and the deciding court (Court 4) was decided by just two points in the third set.
"We know both of those teams really well and we'll have film," said Brock. "We'll have a good idea of what it's going to take. We owe them both a lot and I'm sure they figure they owe us as well. No matter what, it will be an elimination match against two of the top four teams in the country. There's a lot riding on that."
LSU fell to No. 5 Loyola Marymount this morning, 3-2, making to road to a championship more difficult. The Tigers will need to rattle off for more wins, moving through the elimination bracket, in order to claim its first national championship.
After the loss in the morning, LSU came out locked in with its back against the wall. Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss handled Court 1 in straight-sets, 21-17 and 21-19, advancing to 34-0 on the season and earning their 31st straight-set win.
TCU evened the match when Claire Coppola and Kelli Greene-Agnew dropped Court 2, 21-18 and 21-14.
Jess Lansman and Sydney Moore moved the Tigers closer to advancing when they won on Court 4, 21-14 and 21-16. Moments later, Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope and Toni Rodriguez clinched the match for LSU with a win on Court 3, 21-12 and 21-17.
"We had to regroup after this morning after we didn't get the win, but we came back after that game and regrouped," Rodriguez said. "We went in with an attack mindset and just went after them."
Olivia Ordonez and Kahlee York were in a position to win on Court 5. They won the first set, 21-9, but LSU clinched the match before they were able to finish. They were leading 19-11 in the second set when the horn blew to signify the Tigers had won.