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The LSU sand volleyball team (10-8) ends the regular season as they host their final series of home matches this weekend at Mango's Beach Volleyball Club for the Battle on the Bayou Tournament.
The Lady Tigers' first match starts Saturday at 11 a.m. against UNO. Weather looks to be a factor though, as the forecast is calling for excessive amounts of rain throughout Saturday.
"I think that's part of being an outside sport," said head coach Russell Brock. "We played in really cold weather up in Birmingham, and they fought through and we won some big matches up there. These matches are so important to our program, and defending our home sand is so important to our players and it's not going to matter what the conditions are. They're going to fight hard and play well."
LSU also plays matches against Tulane, ULM, Spring Hill as well as SEC foe South Carolina for the first time all season.
"We've had the opportunity to watch (South Carolina) a little bit, and they're much improved from last year," said coach Brock. "I think it's going to be a battle. They have some young kids that are playing some pivotal positions for them. There will be a lot of intensity, a lot of emotion and I think whoever handles those things the best will come out on top."
The Lady Tigers look to move forward after the matches for an opportunity for one of the pairs to head to Gulf Shores for the AVCA National Championships in two weeks. Only the top two pairs garner consideration to be invited to play in the championships.
"I think our one's (Katie Lindelow and Mandi Orellana) have a legitimate opportunity," said coach Brock. "That's part of our focus this week: to make sure that we're training hard and creating an environment where they're getting challenged everyday so that they can be at their top when they play this weekend to get a bid to nationals."
"I really want us to play our best. I think we made some good progress in Siesta Key, and I think we've got to build on that and play even better than we have the last few outings. It's really nice that it's at home even if the weather is going to compromise this week, and that's exciting."
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