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Coppola and Nuss Pick Up Second Beach All-America Honor

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BATON ROUGEClaire Coppola and Kristen Nuss, LSU’s Court 1 beach duo, were named to the volleyballmag.com First-Team All-America squad on Wednesday. Allison Coens and Hunter Domanski from Court 5 received All-America votes.

 

Coppola and Nuss were named to the AVCA All-America Team on May 8.

 

In their three seasons in Purple and Gold, Coppola and Nuss have set the standard for LSU Beach Volleyball. Competing in every collegiate match together, the LSU duo became the two winningest players in the program’s six-year history earlier this season. They currently sit a 91 career victories.

 

Going into the season, Coppola and Nuss were chosen as the preseason CCSA Pair of the Year and Nuss won the fan vote for preseason player of the year. They lived up to the hype.

 

Their 33 victories this season are a new single-season wins’ record for individual players and a pair. Only one other pair in the nation, All-Americans Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina from USC’s top court, had the same amount of victories on any court.

 

Starting against Stetson on March 29, Coppola and Nuss would reel off 18 straight victories, dropping only one set during the run. At one point, the LSU duo won 32 consecutive sets. They dropped their first set in weeks during the CCSA Championship match against FSU, but their match on Court 1 would go unfinished as Florida State clinched the championship.

 

After winning CCSA Pair of the Year in 2018, Coppola and Nuss repeated this season, becoming the first pair ever to win the award twice.

 

Coppola and Nuss picked up victories in LSU’s first two matches at the NCAA Championship against Pepperdine and Stetson. After forcing a third set against All-American Megan and Nicole McNamara from UCLA, the battle on Court 1 would go unfinished as the Bruins advanced to the NCAA Championship Match. Coppola and Nuss would suffer their first loss in over a month to Bustamante and Graudina from USC during the final day of the NCAA Championship. 

 

Earlier in May, Coppola and Nuss won the USAV Collegiate Beach Championship for the second consecutive season.

 

Going into their senior season, Coppola and Nuss will look to become the first LSU pair to win 100 matches ever and have the chance to become the only three time winners of CCSA Pair of the Year. Next year, the Tigers will return at least eight players who saw action at the NCAA Championship this season, making a historic run and finishing as a program-best No. 3 in the nation.

 

Coens and Domanski had success from the beginning of the year together. The duo went 22-5 on Court 5 throughout the season and earned 15 wins over pairs from ranked teams. Together at the NCAA Championship, Coens and Domanski were 2-0. The duo earned AVCA Top-Flight status. In matches that went to a decisive third set, Coens and Domanski were 9-3 in 2019.

 

Coens was named to the CCSA All-Freshman team for her performance in the sand. 

 

 

First team

Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina, USC

Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara, UCLA

Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss, LSU

Sarah Sponcil and Lily Justine, UCLA

Emily Maglio and Amy Ozee, Hawai’i

 

Second team:

Federica Frasca and Margherita Bianchin, FIU

Brook Bauer and Heidi Dyer, Pepperdine

Terese Cannon and Sammy Slater, USC

Crissy Jones and Tiadoric Miric, Cal Poly

Madison Fitzpatrick and Alaina Chacon, Florida State

Honorable mention

Sunniva Helland-Hansen and Carly Perales, Stetson

Reka Orsi Toth and Savannah Slattery, Loyola Marymount

Mima Mirkovic and Jordan Polo, Cal Berkeley

Haley Hallgren and Alexandra Poletto, USC

Lindsey Knudsen and Sarah Chase, St. Mary’s

 

Others receiving votes: Zana Muno and Abby Van Winkle (UCLA), Pani Napoleon and Morgan Martin (Hawai’i), Lea Monkhouse and Savvy Simo (UCLA), Cadie Bates and Shannon Williams (South Carolina), Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles (Hawai’i), Megan Kruidhof and Mari Molina (Long Beach State), Allison Coens and Hunter Domanski (LSU), Charlie Ekstrom and Tori Ashkinos (Stanford).

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