LSU introduces Brock as coach for sand volleyball coach

Russell Brock has been selected to lead LSU women’s sand volleyball program as announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.

Brock has spent the last eight seasons with the Rice University indoor program. He served as a volunteer coach from 2006-08 before being promoted to assistant coach from 2009-13. During his tenure, the Owls racked up 141 wins which included two NCAA Tournament trips and school’s first-ever Conference USA championship in 2009.

“LSU is excited to be on the forefront of adding the new sport of Women’s Sand Volleyball and increasing participation opportunities for our female student-athletes,” Alleva said. “I am confident that under the leadership of coach Fran Flory and sssociate head voach Russell Brock we will have a very competitive and successful team.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to join the LSU family and to be an integral part of the inception of the LSU sand volleyball program,” Brock said. “I’m extremely grateful to Miriam Segar and Fran Flory for their faith in me. Sand volleyball has been a passion of mine for a long time.”

Before joining the Rice program, Brock spent 11 years at Baytown Christian Academy in Texas. He acted as the school’s athletics director, operations manager and coached the girls volleyball, boys soccer and boys basketball teams. Under his leadership, the volleyball squad captured four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state titles.

Brock was standout at the University of Southern California.

Soccer

Clarke, Fletcher EARN NSCAA ALL-SOUTH REGION HONORS: LSU freshmen Summer Clarke and Emma Fletcher continue to add to their list of accolades after being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region third team that was announced Wednesday.

Their selection as all-region performers comes on the heels of a 2013 season in which they were also honored as second-team All-SEC performers and members of the SEC all-freshman team.

Clarke has emerged as one of the SEC’s top scorers in her debut season at LSU as she was the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points in 20 matches this season.

Fletcher has enjoyed a record-setting freshman season with the Tigers as one of the SEC’s top attacking midfielders, while scoring one goal and serving up a team-leading 12 assists for 14 points on the year. Fletcher’s 12 assists is a new LSU freshman record.

Women’s golf

Tigers RETURN TO TOP 25 COACHES POLL: A good finish by the LSU women’s golf team propelled them back into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s final coaches’ poll for the fall season at No. 23.

The Lady Tigers posted two top three finishes in the fall, including a strong second-place showing with a 54-hole total of 16-under par 868 at The Alamo Invitational. Also two individuals, junior Madelene Sagstrom and senior Lindsay Gahm, were able to record their first tournament wins of their LSU careers.

The LSU Lady Tigers also got an outstanding fall performance from freshman Caroline Nistrup of Denmark who leds the team in with a 71.00 stroke average.

USC remains No. 1 with UCLA second, while is Alabama in fourth. Other SEC teams in the top 25 are Arkansas (9), South Carolina (14), Vanderbilt (15), Florida (16) and Kentucky (20).

The Lady Tigers will begin their spring season in February, highlighted by the annual LSU Tiger Golf Classic at the University Club in Baton Rouge, March 21-23.