Kloth and Nuss win AVP Phoenix Championship – LSU


PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former LSU Beach Volleyball stars Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth proved they are arguably the best women’s team on the AVP Tour this season, earning their third tournament win of the season Saturday at the Phoenix Championships, the premier event of the AVP season.

After going 36-0 together in their final season at LSU, Kloth and Nuss continued their elite game in professional beach volleyball and are now one of the top professional duos. In addition to the win in Phoenix, Kloth and Nuss captured AVP Tournament championships earlier this year in Austin and Chicago. They won in Atlanta last season in their first-ever tournament on the circuit. Kloth and Nuss have won four tournament championships in just 10 career AVP tournaments. The LSU alumni duo also won gold at Volleyball World in Australia earlier this year.

Only six pairs qualified for the Phoenix Championship and Kloth and Nuss entered the knockout Phoenix Championship as the No. 4 seed. To reach the championship match, Kloth and Nuss eliminated seeded Sara Hughes and Kelley Kolinskey in the semi-finals.

In the championship match, Kloth and Nuss faced Kelly Cheng and Betsi Flint, the same pair that eliminated them in the AVP New Orleans Championship match. Playing inside the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Kloth and Nuss battled to a 21-16 win in the first set before winning the second set 21-17 to claim the championship.

Nuss had all the punches in his work bag, tooling Cheng and Flint to the tune of 20 kills and 17 digs while hitting over .400. Kloth was a brick wall at net with 5 blocks as well as nine kills.

The AVP Phoenix Championships took place on Friday and Saturday and featured six men’s teams and six women’s teams competing for a $100,000 purse and the right to be named 2022 AVP Champions.


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