Beach Slotted at AVCA No. 3 For Third Straight Week

Published 11:00 am Sunday, March 28, 2021

BATON ROUGE – After a perfect 5-0 weekend hosting the LSU Beach Invitational, the Tigers (16-2) held steady as the No. 3 team in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the third consecutive week.

This is the 10th poll in a row that LSU has been featured inside the top-three, dating back to the final poll of the 2019 season.

LSU won its only match against a ranked opponent over the weekend against No. 16 South Carolina in a battle of the only two SEC schools with beach volleyball programs. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 15 in this week’s poll.

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Florida State (17-0) and USC (10-0) remained as the nation’s top two teams and UCLA came in at No. 4.

LSU has a bye week before heading to the west coast next weekend for a Saturday double-header at UCLA and a Sunday double-header at USC. Florida State will make the same trip out west, competing against UCLA and USC on the opposite days as LSU, meaning the nation’s top four teams for the entirety of the season so far will be competing in Los Angeles that weekend.

“To have two weeks to really get after it and to focus on some things we can be better at before we have a really big test is a huge opportunity,” said head coach Russell Brock. “We don’t get this opportunity very often. We’re looking forward to the chance to build on what we saw.”

No.     Team
1    Southern Cal (12)
2    Florida State (2)
3    LSU
4    UCLA
5    Cal Poly
6    Loyola Marymount
7    Pepperdine
8    Grand Canyon
9    TCU
10   Hawai’i
11   Cal
12   FAU
13   FIU
14   Arizona
15   South Carolina
16   Stetson
17   Georgia State
18   Stanford
19   Long Beach State
20   Florida Gulf Coast