Kristen Nuss (Courtesy of LSU Athletics)
LSU Stars Sweep Corbett Awards as State’s Top Amateur Athletes
LSU beach volleyball star Kristen Nuss and Tiger track and field standout JuVaughn Harrison have been selected as the winners of the Corbett Awards for the top female and male amateur athletes in the state of Louisiana for 2020-21. It is the 11th time that LSU has swept the honors since separate male and female awards were instituted in 2000. The duo are the 44th and 45th Tiger stars to earn the honor in the 55 years that it has been presented.
Nuss finished her LSU beach volleyball career with 139 victories, more than any other player in the history of college beach volleyball. She teamed with Tayn Loth to post a perfect 36-0 record, tying the best record by an undefeated pair on Court 1 ever and the pair was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Beach Pair of the Year (the equivalent of National Players of the Year) as well as being All-Americans. Before Nuss and her classmates arrived at LSU, the Tigers had never made it to the NCAA Championship. Since they joined the program, LSU had not missed out on being one of the final eight teams invited to Gulf Shores, Ala., for the championship tournament.
Harrison, a native of Huntsville, Ala., became the first individual to win the long jump and high jump at an NCAA Championship at the 2019 outdoor meet. He matched that accomplishment at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships and then did it again at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He’s recognized as the best to ever do the long jump/triple jump combo in WORLD history and was named the National Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. He followed up his NCAA accomplishments by winning both events at the United States Olympic Trials to become the first American since Jim Thorpe in 1912 to qualify for the Olympic Team in those two events.