March 6, 2021 - by

Beach Downs Top Ranked LSU to Improve to 8-0

No. 2 Florida State 5, Houston Baptist 0 | No. 2 Florida State 4, No. 1 LSU 1

BATON ROUGE, La. – The second-ranked Florida State beach volleyball team (8-0) remained undefeated on the season after two wins Saturday at the LSU Tiger Beach Challenge, including a 4-1 win over No. 1 LSU.

The Seminoles started the day with a 5-0 win over Houston Baptist. Florida State won in straight sets on four of the five courts.

Kate Privett and Jenna Johnson got the afternoon started with a 21-10, 21-10 win on court five. They were followed up by Payton Caffrey and Liz Waters-Leiga on court four who gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead with a 21-16, 21-17 win. Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson clinched the match on court three with a 21-12, 21-11 win.

With the match in hand, Alaina Chacon and Molly McBain extended the lead to 4-0 with a 24-22, 21-10 win on court one. Torrey Van Winden and Keara Rutz completed the sweep with a 19-21, 21-14, 15-11 win on court two.

Florida State capped off the day with a 4-1 win over No. 1 LSU. The Garnet and Gold got out to an early 2-0 lead with wins on courts four and five during the first wave of matches.

Caffrey and Waters-Leiga earned the point for the Noles on court four with a 21-19, 21-17 win. Privett and Johnson capped of the first wave with a 21-15, 21-18 win on court five.

Van Winden and Rutz jumped out to an early 9-5 lead in the first set on court two to start off the second wave of matches. They would hold on to the lead and take the first set 21-12. In the second set, they would fall behind early, 8-6. The Seminole duo would turn it around and win 13 of the next 21 points to clinch the win over No. 1 LSU with a 21-14 second set win.

LSU would win on court one but the Seminoles would cap off the day with a three set win on court three by Sara Putt and Maddie Anderson, 23-21, 18-21, 15-11

Florida State finishes their trip to Louisiana tomorrow against No. 19 Georgia State (9 am EST) and No. 11 FAU (4:30 pm EST).

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