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2014-15 Long Beach State Points of Pride

July 7

  • 43 Long Beach State student-athletes in 10 different sports were honored by the Big West as 2013-14 Academic All-Conference selections.
  • Beach Track & Field student-athletes, Chris Low (800m) and Chris Enriquez (10,000m) will compete internationally as they have been selected to participate in the NACAC U-23 Championships as members of Team USA.
  • Dirtbags alumni, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, led all National League players in fan voting for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game with 5,349,456 votes.

July 14

  • Women's Golfer Kassidy Teare fired a 1-over par 72 in the U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Palos Verdes Golf Club to advance to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
  • Men's Volleyball student-athlete Taylor Crabb finished the 2014 season as the NCAA National Collegiate Statistical champion in kills per set, averaging 4.8 kills per set.
  • Dirtbag alum and current Colorado Rockies superstar Troy Tulowitzki was voted in as the National League's starting shortstop for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, the fourth All-Star selection of his career.

July 21

  • 2012-13 Big West Player of the Year and alum, James Ennis, officially signed with the Miami Heat.
  • The NCAA Intercollegiate Tennis Association named Beach Women's Tennis a recipient of the All-Academic Team Award, the 11th consecutive year that the program has achieved a team GPA of over 3.2.
  • Dirtbags Junior Infielder, Zack Domingues, leads the Northwoods League in batting (.380) and was recently named to the league's all-star team.

July 28

  • T&F had six individuals receive 2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.
  • Men's Volleyball alum David Lee was named the Best Blocker in the FIVB World League, leading Team USA to a gold medal.
  • Men's Golfer Kevin Lee was the low-shooting amateur at this past weekend's Long Beach Open.

August 4

  • Former Dirtbag Matt Duffy became the 45th player to be called up to the major leagues. He batted second and started at 2B for San Francisco last Friday.
  • Incoming volleyball recruit Sophie Bukovec won the U21 World Championship as a representative of Canada.
  • Soccer alum Shawna Gordon is continuing her professional playing career in Sweden with Umea IK FF.

August 11

  • The 2014-15 Men's Basketball schedule is released and may be the toughest non-conference schedule in the nation.... Again.
  • Women's Volleyball was picked to finish 2nd in the Big West this season.
  • Chris Enriquez and Chris Low both came away with a medal as members of Team USA at the 2014 NACAC U-23 Championships.

August 18

  • Women's soccer student-athletes Mimi Rangel and Taylor Nelson were both selected to the preseason Big West 1st Team.

August 25

  • Men's Water Polo was chosen to finish 5th in the MPSF Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • Women's Volleyball will appear five times on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app this season.
  • Sophomore Women's Soccer goalkeeper Ashton McKeown picked up her first career shutout with two saves against 15th ranked Georgetown.

September 2

  • Women's Soccer swept the weekly Big West Awards, as forward Ashley Gonzales and defender Melanie Fox were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week respectively.
  • Senior libero Tyler Jackson reached a career milestone in a victory against Southern Illinois with her 1000th dig.
  • The Men's Cross Country team kicked off the 2014 season by winning the Mark Covert Classic at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea.

September 8

  • Women's Volleyball student-athlete Alex Reid was named MVP of the Mizuno Invitational, as the Beach Women's Volleyball team went undefeated on the way to their fifth consecutive victory.
  • No. 23 Women's Soccer is unbeaten in their past five matches.
  • No. 6 Men's Water Polo team opened the season with a dominating performance at the 2014 Triton Invitational, earning four victories over the weekend.

September 15

  • Women's Volleyball finished its recent home stand with a 7-1 record.
  • Men's Water Polo remained undefeated on the season after winning both games at the Inland Empire Tournament.

September 22

  • Women's Tennis student-athletes Rozenberg and Gerard claimed titles in their respective flights at the UNLV Invitational.
  • Women's Soccer became the first team this year to score more than two goals against FIU, winning the match 3-1.
  • Long Beach State Athletics has finalized plans to install the largest wall-mounted video display system in an on-campus facility to be completed in November before basketball season begins.

September 29

  • Chisolm Okpala set a career best hitting percentage at .909, leading the Women's Volleyball team to a sweep of rival CSUF.
  • Men's Water Polo dominated LBCC in the team's first home match of the season, winning 14-3.
  • Tennis sophomore Maeva Razakasoa will be moving on to the Qualifying Rounds of the ITA All-American Tournament beginning on Tuesday in Pacific Palisades.

October 6

  • Women's Soccer defeated UC Santa Barbara for the 5th consecutive time, winning 2-0 on Sunday
  • Women's Tennis posted a 29-3 record in its home tournament this past weekend, with multiple student-athletes winning their flight.
  • Women's Volleyball remained undefeated in the Big West, defeating CSUN in four sets on Saturday
  • Men's Water Polo defeated hosts UCSB 14-12 to win their first conference match
  • 6 former Dirtbags are participating in this year's MLB Playoffs

October 13

  • Women's Volleyball is the lone unbeaten team atop the Big West after beating Hawai'i.
  • Junior Kassidy Teare shot 3-over at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate to take 4th place for Women's Golf.
  • No. 5 Men's Water Polo went 3-1 over the weekend, taking 5th place at the SoCal Tournament.

October 20

  • Women's Volleyball student-athlete Bre Mackie was honored as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week
  • Two Dirtbags alumni will play in the World Series - Matt Duffy playing for the Giants and Jason Vargas pitching for the Royals.
  • Undefeated Weekend ... All LBSU teams won their events this past weekend - Women's Volleyball, Women's Soccer, and Men's Water Polo.

October 27

  • Men's Water polo won their fourth consecutive MPSF conference match against Pacific, 10-4.
  • Women's Volleyball defeated UC Davis in four sets to win their 8th straight match.
  • Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball were picked to finish 3rd and 5th respectively in the preseason conference poll.
  • Women's Soccer has clinched a berth in the Big West Tournament.

November 3

  • No. 5 Men's Water Polo upset No. 4 Cal 12-10 in Berkeley.
  • No. 24 Women's Volleyball remained unbeaten in the Big West after defeating CSUN on the road.
  • Men's Golf Junior Kevin Lee carded a 54-hole score of 2-under to finish 7th at the Stockton Pacific Invitational.
  • Kevin Ramirez and Tim Bergstrom posted Top-20 finishes Big West Cross Country Championships.
  • Women's Soccer heads to their 7th Big West Tournament as the No. 3 seed, facing Cal Poly on Thursday in the Semifinals.

November 10

  • Women's Volleyball leads the Big West standings by three games after winning at Hawaii for the first time since 1993.
  • Women's Soccer claimed four of the six individual All-Big West awards and had a league-leading three first-team selections.
  • Men's Water Polo drew a crowd of 759 fans to the Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center for Saturday's game.

November 17

  • #18 Women's Volleyball can clinch the Big West Championship with a win this weekend.
  • LBSU launched its new 60' x 14' video screen, Beach Vision, this past weekend to rave reviews.
  • The Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center will host the MPSF Championships this weekend.

November 24

  • Women's Volleyball has won 14 games in a row and is the outright Big West champion.
  • No. 4 Men's Water Polo defeated No. 1 UCLA 5-3, reaching the MPSF Tournament finals.
  • Men's Basketball defeated previously unbeaten Kansas State in front of a sold out Walter Pyramid crowd.

December 1

  • No. 16 Women's Volleyball completed a perfect, undefeated Big West season.
  • Women's Volleyball opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday against San Diego at 5:30 p.m. PT at UCLA.
  • Men/s Basketball coach Dan Monson is now the winningest coach in school history with 123 victories.
  • Women's Basketball completed a 3-0 road trip, winning the Great Alaskan Shootout Tournament and defeating Portland State.
  • Water Polo coach Gavin Arroyo was honored as the 2014 MPSF Coach of the Year.

December 8

  • Women's Basketball is 7-1... the best start for the program since 1989-90.
  • Women's Volleyball had a stretch of 17 consecutive victories this season, the program's longest since 2001.
  • Men's Volleyball has 3 incoming recruits that were members of the 2014 U.S. Boy's Youth National Team.

December 15

  • Women's Basketball is off to its best start since 1986-87.
  • Women's Volleyball had three student-athletes selected to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region Team.
  • Men's Volleyball returns 14 letterwinners from a squad that finished 18-10 and appeared in the MPSF Tournament Quarterfinals.

January 5

  • World Series Champion, Matt Duffy, is scheduled as the keynote speaker during Dirtbags Lead Off Weekend.
  • Women's Basketball is 5-0 in true road games this season.
  • Men's Volleyball opens the 2015 home schedule on January 14 at the Walter Pyramid.

January 12

  • Women's Basketball has won 13 consecutive games, improving to 2-0 in conference play and 15-1 overall.
  • Men's Volleyball completed a weekend sweep, finishing 3-0 to open the season at the UCSB Asics Invitational.

January 19

  • No. 41 ranked Women's Tennis won seven of eight singles matches on the final day of the Beach Tennis Winter Classic.
  • Men's Basketball defeated UC Santa Barbara 69-53, improving to 3-1 in Big West play.
  • Women's Basketball remained undefeated on the road and continued their 15-game winning streak after defeating UCSB 81-44.

January 26

  • Women's Water Polo opens the year ranked No. 11 nationally.
  • 17 Track & Field student-athletes earned a spot in the school's Indoor Track & Field record books while competing at the Lumberjack Team Challenge.
  • For the second consecutive season, Women's Tennis' Maeva Razakasoa began the season by earning Big West Player of the Week honors.

February 16

  • Women's Basketball has reached 20 wins for the first time in 15 years.
  • Women's Tennis senior Karolina Rozenberg remained undefeated on the season and notched her 150th career win.
  • Women's Golf recorded a 291 in the final round of the Gold Rush Tournament to capture the team title.
  • Track & Field's Chris Low is now fifth in the Beach record books after recording a personal best 4:15:28 in the mile.
  • No. 10 Men's Volleyball recorded it's sixth sweep of the season after defeating CSUN.

February 23

  • Women's Cross Country was named to the 2015 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division-I All-Academic Team.
  • No. 40 Women's Tennis improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Big West play to start the season.
  • No. 9 Men's Volleyball handed No. 5 BYU only their third set loss in Provo this season.
  • Softball Senior Christian Carbajal struck out five batters in a complete-game performance in a 4-2 victory over Syracuse.

March 2

  • Freshmen Chris Mathewson and Darren McCaughan combined for the first no-hitter in Dirtbags history in a 4-0 win over Wichita State.
  • Softball Junior Darian Tautalafua is one home run from tying the school record of 30 career home runs.
  • No. 15 Women's Water Polo upset No. 12 ranked SDSU in a 5-4 victory.
  • Women's Tennis remains unbeaten in Big West play.
  • 16 Indoor Track & Field and Cross Country student-athletes landed in the LBSU All-Time Top 10 list after competing at the MPSF Championships.

March 9

  • Women's Tennis Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello won her 300th career match.
  • Men's and Women's Basketball will be #4-seeds in the Big West Tournament this week.
  • Three Beach Track & Field student-athletes moved in to the program's All-Time Top 10 lists following the Cal Opener.
  • No. 15 Women's Water Polo has now won five consecutive matches.
  • Women's Golf junior Kassidy Teare posted her third straight Top-10 finish, tying for 8th at the Bruin Wave Invitational.
  • No. 10 Men's Volleyball completed the season sweep of No. 9 UCLA, winning a five-set battle at Pauley Pavilion.

March 16

  • Women's Water Polo Freshmen Savannah Vukelich and Emily Garcynski each scored 6 goals against Caltech.
  • Softball scored 13 runs in the 5th inning against Utah State, the second-most in school history.
  • Sophomore Eric Ensing led No. 8 Men's Volleyball with 11 kills against Harvard, a career high.

March 23

  • Sophomore Christina Clermont pitched the 8th perfect game in LBSU Softball history.
  • No. 31 Women's Tennis defeated Harvard for the team's sixth victory over nationally-ranked opponent this season.
  • No. 15 Women's Water Polo upset No. 6 ranked Arizona State 5-3.
  • Track & Field has 10 student-athletes and the 4x400m Men's Relay Team ranked in the Top-10 Nationally, including Chris Low, who is #1 in the 400m
  • The Dirtbags took the weekend series from rival Cal State Fullerton.

March 30

  • Dirtbags pitcher Kyle Friedrichs threw a complete game shutout at UCSB, striking out a career high 13 batters.
  • Christina Clermont collected her fourth shutout of the year in Softball's 8-0 victory over UC Davis.
  • No. 10 Men's Volleyball has won 7 consecutive matches against Stanford.
  • Women's Tennis is one win away from clinching a share of the Big West championship.
  • Senior Jacob Fraser took 2nd in both the shot put and discus at the Texas Relays.
  • Track & Field has 18 student-athletes in the national Top 25 for their respective events.

April 6

  • 12 Former Dirtbags earned spots on MLB Opening Day rosters.
  • Dirtbags Freshman Chris Mathewson pitched his first career complete game to secure a sweep of CSUN.
  • Track & Field had 11 first-place finishes in the California Collegiate Invitational.
  • No. 10 Men's Volleyball recorded it's 10th sweep of the season, defeating UC San Diego. -
  • No. 5 Sand Volleyball swept Bakersfield and No. 8 UCLA in dominating fashion.
  • Tennis claimed it's 3rd sweep of the season, defeating UIC.

April 13

  • No. 40 Women's Tennis won it's 19th consecutive duals match and clinched a share of the Big West title.
  • No. 12 Women's Water Polo upset UC Davis in the team's second conference match.
  • Christina Clermont became the 2nd pitcher in Beach Sofgball history to strike out 15 batters in a game.
  • Men's Track & Field won their ninth consecutive Big West Challenge.

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