LSU sand volleyball team sings five

The LSU sand volleyball program announced its inaugural recruiting class which features Lilly Kessler, Callan Molle, Carly Morris, Taylor Wilson and Riley Young. The five players will continue their careers with the Tigers as announced Tuesday by associate head coach Russell Brock.

Molle is a transfer from Otterbein University in Ohio and will join the program as a sophomore. Kessler, Morris, Wilson and Young will be freshmen for the 2014-15 season. The five players are the first signing class exclusively for sand volleyball. The class represents the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana and Texas.

Xavier’s Cassiere receives two awards

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University’s Ed Cassiere received two awards Monday in the NAIA’s 2013-14 Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest.

Cassiere was honored for a pair of game recaps. He placed seventh for his XU-Spring Hill men’s basketball story Dec. 17 and ninth for his account of the finals of the NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tennis Tournament on April 26.

Cassiere, who in July will begin his ninth year as Xavier’s sports information director, has received 19 NAIA writing awards the past six years, including four firsts.