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2015-16 Long Beach State Points of Pride

July 13

  • Dirtbags shortstop, Garrett Hampson, helped Team USA to a series win over Cuba.
  • 4 Beach student-athletes are set to participate in the 2015 Pan American Games.
  • Dirtbags Alumni and current Major Leaguer, Evan Longoria, headlines the 2015 LBSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

July 20

  • Women's Track and Field has received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors every year since 1997.
  • Track & Field Coach Latanya Sheffield has been selected to join the USA staff for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Three Men's Volleyball alumni represented the United States in the World League Final.
  • Two members of the LBSU Women's Golf Team advanced to the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in the same year for the 1st time in program history.
  • Women's Tennis was honored as an ITA All-Academic Team for the 11th consecutive year.

July 27

  • Multi-Sport star Stanford Brewer is the newest member of Long Beach State's Hall of Fame 2015 inductee class
  • Long Beach State Senior Janelle Sua captured the 23rd Annual L.A. County Women's Golf Championship last Friday.
  • Women's Tennis was honored as an ITA All-Academic Team for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Men's Volleyball pioneer Mark Kerins to join Long Beach State Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 induction class.

August 3

  • Men's Golfer Daniel Chian (-8) was the low round amateur at the 2015 Long Beach Open over the weekend.
  • 1991 Men's Volleyball team rounds out 2015 hall of fame inductees.
  • Long Beach State Women's Water Polo senior Christina Kotsia was named to the Greece Women's National Team, and is participating in the 2015 FINA World Championships, held in Kazan, Russia.

August 10

  • Long Beach State Track & Field alum and volunteer assistant coach Colin Dunbar was the runner-up in the hammer throw at the NACAC Senior Area Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Long Beach State seniors Kassidy Teare and Shawnee Martinez travel to Portland, Ore. to take part in the USGA 115th Women's Amateur Championship at the Portland Golf Club.
  • Long Beach State Women's Water Polo Senior Christina Kotsia was named to the Greece Women's National Team, and is participating in the 2015 FINA World Championships, held in Kazan, Russia.

August 17

  • Women's Soccer Freshman Rocio Rodriguez Scores Twice To Earn LBSU Player of the Week Honors

August 24

  • - Women's Soccer Senior Vania Robles scored the game-winning goal on Friday as record crowd watched Long Beach State stun No. 4 UCLA 1-0.

August 31

  • Long Beach State Women's Volleyball earned statement win over #25 Duke.
  • Fatmata Kamara's first collegiate goal is a golden goal in 1-0 OT win against Bucknell.

September 8

  • Women's Soccer Senior Melanie Fox earns Big West Player of the Week honors this past weekend by anchoring LBSU's defense in a 0-0 tie against San Diego and with a dazzling hat trick in yet another shutout victory against Portland State.
  • Men's Water Polo's Stevenson, Lappas, and Wicken all score hat tricks in a solid victory over No. 14 LMU this past weekend.
  • Women's Volleyball Sophomore Ashley Murray dominated with 14 kills, 2 blocks, and zero errors in a clean sweep of Harvard at the Harvard Invitational.

September 14

  • Women's Volleyball defends Walter Pyramid over the weekend with three solid victories. The Beach lost only one set the entire weekend and now sits at 8-2 for the season.
  • Women's Soccer Junior Celeste Dominguez earns Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors this past weekend after leading the Beach to a tough 0-0 tie against USC.
  • Over 160 golfers came out to Recreation Park 18 to support the baseball team and upcoming season at the 21st Annual Long Beach State Dirtbag Golf Tournament.


  • Women's Soccer Sophomore Ashley Gonzales scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon in a big road victory against #20 DePaul.
  • Men's Water Polo Sophomore Lee Griffin led the way with a hat-trick for the Beach in a thrilling, triple-overtime victory against UC Irvine over the weekend.
  • Women's Volleyball Junior Nele Barber led the Beach with 16 kills and a career-high 17 digs as the Beach cruised to a 3-0 sweep against Oregon State at the Walter Pyramid. The win also provided Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro with career win #799.

September 28

  • Congratulations to Women's Volleyball Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro, who picked up his 800th career win on Friday. He becomes only the fourth active coach to accomplish this feat at one institution. The ladies wasted no time getting him win No. 801 as The Beach took down Irvine in their next game.
  • Women's Tennis Junior Laura Eales defeated Mercedes Lopes of the host UNLV Rebels, winning the third flight of singles with a 6-2, 7-6 win in the final day of the UNLV Invitational.
  • Men's Golf Seniors Michael Chen and Daniel Chian were the top players for the 49ers as both posted their lowest rounds of the tournament on Sunday to tie for 10th at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

October 5

  • Based off of key statistics such as graduation rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, and alumni giving, CSULB was ranked the No. 5 Public University in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Long Beach Women's Soccer opened up Big West play with a thrilling 1-0 victory in OT against Fullerton. Sophomore Ashley Gonzales netted the game-winner.
  • Long Beach State Women's Tennis player Maeva Razakasoa had a solid showing at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships over the weekend, advancing to the Round of 32.

October 12

  • Women's Golfer Senior Kassidy Teare had an outstanding performance at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate at Highlands Ranch Golf Club this past weekend. With a total score of 208, Kassidy earned individual medalist and her first tournament win as a 49er.
  • Congratulations to Women's Tennis team members Maeva Razakasoa, Ebba Unden and Julie Gerard for all winning titles in their respective Flights at the 2015 Beach Tennis Fall Tournament. The doubles pairing of Laura Eales and Hayley Thompson also won the Flight A doubles championship.
  • For the 2015 MLB season, the Dirtbags boasted the most starts made by representatives of one university. The Dirtbags edged the Oklahoma Sooners for bragging rights with 71 total Major League starts.

October 19

  • The 49er Distance Team captured the team title over the weekend at the Highlander Invitational. Juniors Kevin Ramirez and Sam Bautista lead the way with 4th and 5th place finishes, respectively. This victory marks the first team title under 2nd year Distance coach Tom Walsh. Congratulations, Tom!
  • Nele Barber, Ashley Murray, and Jenelle Hudson all had outstanding performances for the Women's Volleyball team in a dominating sweep of CSUN. Women's Volleyball takes a 5-2 conference record into their next game vs UCSB, this Friday night at the Walter Pyramid.
  • Water Polo celebrated a successful Alumni Day with more than 50 alumni and their families for a great Saturday at The Beach. Festivities began with a hard-fought Men's game against UCSB, followed by two entertaining alumni games at the Lindgren Aquatics Center, and finally capped off with food and beverage in the Walter Pyramid Ukleja Suite.

October 26

  • Soccer sophomore Ashley Gonzales brought home the game-winner in the final minute of a thrilling, 3-2 win over Hawaii on Sunday. Earlier in the week, the Beach took down CSUN in a hard-fought 1-0 victory. CSUN had previously been undefeated in Big West play.
  • Despite falling to an early 2-0 hole, Women's Volleyball came roaring back with wins in 3 straight sets to fend off visiting Cal Poly. Backed by a career night from Nele Barber, the Beach advanced to 7-2 in conference play.

November 2

  • Women's Golf Senior Kassidy Teare made history for The Beach this past week at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with a six under par score on the final day. By completing the three-day, 54-hole tournament at 16-under 200, Kassidy broke the previous three-day program record score previously held by Kay Hoey by nine shots. Congratulations, Kassidy!
  • CHAMPS! After a 2-0 victory over UC Davis the Soccer team claimed the regular season Big West title and clinched the #1 seed for the upcoming Big West Tournament. The Beach will take on #4 seed UC Riverside Nov. 5th at Titan Stadium to keep their outstanding season going!
  • Men's Golf senior Daniel Chian turned in a top-5 individual scorecard at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in leading The Beach to a second place (+9) team finish this past weekend.
  • With a four-set win over UC Davis (11-14, 6-5 Big West) on Saturday night, Women's Volleyball (19-5, 9-2 Big West) claimed its fifth consecutive victory entering the final three weeks of the conference schedule. Keep it up, ladies!
  • Men's Volleyball celebrated an awesome night of Halloween fun on Friday at Keesal, Young, and Logan. A great time full of good people, food and dance, and even better costumes helped raise money for our Men's Volleyball program.

November 9

  • The Long Beach State Women's Soccer Team earned one of 33 at-large bids to the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship and will head to No. 4 seed Santa Clara for a first-round game at 1 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, Nov. 14. Congrats, ladies!
  • he Big West conference announced senior Kassidy Teare as the October golfer of the month. She recorded her first win and a runner up finish by posting 6 straight rounds under par. Her latest performance was highlighted with rounds of 68-66-66 breaking the previous school record by nine strokes.
  • Long Beach State went 5-2 in Saturday's action to conclude the Jack Kramer Collegiate Tournament at the nearby Jack Kramer Tennis Club. Ebba Unden, Georgie Sanders, Laura Eales and Julie Gerard each picked up singles wins for the Beach, and the team of Unden and Sanders scored a victory in the 49ers' only doubles match of the day.
  • The Beach Athletic Club had a great turnout for the Annual Beach Athletic Club Golf Classic this week. Over 100 golfers teed it up at Virginia Country Club to help raise money for student-athlete scholarships.
  • Basketball season is here! After a long offseason the Women kick-off 11/13 against San Diego State, while the Men open their season 11/14 against BYU-Hawaii. Both games will take place in the Walter Pyramid. See you out there!

November 16

  • Women's Basketball kicked their season off with a bang by securing two dominating victories over the weekend. The Beach handled San Diego State 74-54 in the opener followed that up with a dominating 89-71 victory over Portland State on Sunday.
  • Men's Basketball was clicking on all cylinders Saturday, delighting the sellout crowd for Homecoming with a dominating 91-57 win over BYU-Hawaii.
  • Men's Water Polo closed out the regular season with a strong weekend, defeating Loyola-Marymount, 10-9 and San Jose State, 13-5.
  • Women's Volleyball got back on track over the weekend with a dominating sweep of CSUN, 3-0. The Beach attack got solid contributions across the net with outside hitter Nele Barber, middle blocker Hayley Benson and opposite Peyton Grahovac each recording double-digit kills to pace the offense.

November 30

  • Women's Volleyball capped off a great season with two victories over the weekend. The Beach didn't lose a set in defeating both Pacific and Denver 3-0. These two victories mean The Beach finished the season with a 25-6 overall record. Congratulations on a great season!
  • The Long Beach State Women's Basketball Team rallied from an 18-point third-quarter deficit to come away with a 60-59 win over Northwestern State Saturday afternoon at the Pan American Center. The Beach concluded the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic at 2-0.
  • Men's Water Polo Senior Dimitrios Lappas received his second All-MPSF Honorable Mention in back-to-back seasons at the Beach. Lappas finished with 30 goals his senior year and 114 career goals.

December 7

  • Women's Basketball Juniors Jewelyn Sawyer and Raven Benton lead the way for The Beach in a 59-42 victory over Colorado. The Beach (7-1), which extended its win streak to four games, held the Buffaloes to 27.1 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from beyond the arc. LBSU also scored 20 points off of 22 Colorado turnovers
  • Men's Basketball Senior Nick Faust earns Long Beach State Player of the Week honors after stepping up to lead The Beach over four games. Faust averaged 21.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, leading The Beach through four games in six days, including wins at Colorado State and against New Mexico State.
  • The Long Beach State's Track & Field team will host the 24th annual Black & Gold Meet on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the new Jack Rose Track Stadium. The Beach is also set to hold its Alumni Meet and Kids' Meet on the same day. Events start at 10:00am with an Alumni and Family BBQ at 2:00pm. Kid's run for free!

December 14

  • Last week, a group of thirteen Long Beach State student-athletes attended the Cherishing the Children Holiday Party at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. The student-athletes dressed up as "Santa's Elves" in order to entertain the children as well as help them open their gifts.
  • Jewelyn Sawyer scored a game-high 20 points on a 7-of-12 shooting performance during a hard-fought loss to USC on Sunday. Jewelyn's 20 points matched a career-high.
  • Men's Basketball Senior Nick Faust earned the Long Beach State Player of the Week award after he averaged 21.8 points and 5.8 rebounds through six games.

January 4

  • The Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Team swept the University of Alberta, 25-19, 25-21, 35-33, in its second and final exhibition match Saturday night at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
  • Dirtbag shortstop Garrett Hampson and starting pitcher Chris Mathewson were both named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American third team, chosen by Collegiate Baseball.
  • The Long Beach State Track & Field/Cross Country program will hold its annual awards banquet at The Pointe on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016.

January 19

  • The Long Beach State Women's Basketball team went 24-of-27 from the free throw line to secure a 71-65 Big West win over UC Irvine Saturday afternoon at the Bren Events Center.
  • The Long Beach State Cross Country and Women's Soccer teams placed 10 student-athletes on the 2015 Big West Fall All-Academic team the conference office announced last week.
  • Men's Volleyball Freshman TJ DeFalco has been named the MPSF/Molten Player of the Week the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
  • While construction on Blair Field remains in its early stages, the project has received a major boost in the form of a $1 million gift from longtime supporter Marilyn Bohl.

January 26

  • The second-ranked Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Team came out firing on all cylinders and never took its foot of the gas in a dominating sweep of No. 3 BYU Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid. Set scores were 25-16, 25-23, 25-18.
  • Women's Golf Senior Kassidy Teare was named to Golfweek's Midseason All-Conference Team, the publication announced on Tuesday.
  • Junior Raven Benton led the Beach with a game-high 22 points as the Women's Basketball Team led by as many as 18 before holding off a second-half Titan rally to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 62-57, on Wednesday.
  • Justin Bibbins continued his hot start on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 25 points to lead Long Beach State to a 77-67 win at UC Santa Barbara.

February 1

  • Men's Throwers Kody Robison, James Hubbard, and Robert Marlow highlighted Long Beach State's final day of competition at the UW Invitational as they claimed the top-three spots in the weight throw Saturday at Dempsey Indoor.
  • The Long Beach State women's basketball team brought its defensive intensity to another level in the second half, and junior Madison Montgomery carried the offensive load to lift the 49ers to a 65-53 win over Cal Poly Saturday.
  • Dirtbag First Baseman/Outfielder Brock Lundquist hit a pair of home runs to lead the way in a 17-9 victory over the Baseball Alumni Team on Saturday. The game featured 8 homeruns over a temporary fence, and had notable alumni in attendance for the game as well, including San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy.
  • Nick Faust led a dominating Long Beach State effort on the road as the Beach defeated Hawai'i 78-64 in front of a sellout crowd in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
  • Freshman TJ DeFalco had a season-high 27 kills and 14 digs to lead the second-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team to a big road win in a five-set thriller at No. 11 UC Santa Barbara.

February 8

  • Beach Women's Water Polo put on an offensive show, dominating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20-5 with a 12-goal second half.
  • The second-ranked Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Team picked up its third-straight win in MPSF play, and second over a top-10 team, as it defeated No. 9 Pepperdine, 30-28, 25-23, 26-24, Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
  • With three point guards out with injury by the end of the game, Beach Men's Basketball overcame plenty of adversity but prevailed in an 81-76 win over CSUN Saturday night.
  • Jered Weaver, former Dirtbag and current member of the LA Angels of Anaheim, was in attendance for the Lead-Off Dinner Thursday night to declare his donation of $500,000 to his Alma Mater, further assisting the renovation project at Blair Field.
  • The Big West Conference has announced that Long Beach State has been selected as the host institution for the inaugural Big West Tournament for Beach Volleyball.
  • Beach Softball took the top spot in the Big West Coaches Preseason Poll, announced last week by the conference office.

February 15

  • Gabe Levin provided the offense Men's Basketball needed in another strong defensive effort against UC Davis, as the Beach dropped the Aggies on the road 57-48. Levin scored a career-high 23 points while grabbing 12 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season.
  • Track and Field Junior James Hubbard fared well in the Men's Weight Throw at the Husky Classic. Hubbard finished fourth overall, and was third among collegiate competitors, with a personal-record 62-09.5. Former Beach alumni Colin Dunbar also competed unattached and won the event at 75-02.75.
  • The No. 1 ranked Beach Men's Volleyball Team was in top form on Friday night as it swept USC in convincing fashion, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15, at the Galen Center Pavilion. With the victory, the Beach completed the regular-season sweep over the Trojans.
  • Juniors Raven Benton and Madison Montgomery led the Long Beach State Women's Basketball Team to a 60-52 win over UC Santa Barbara Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
  • Beach Softball had a strong showing in the opening tournament of the season in Las Vegas, fighting all the way to the Championship game against Oklahoma.
  • The top of the lineup delivered for Beach Tennis with the top four singles players and the top two doubles teams all securing wins. This fantastic effort lead the Beach's 3rd straight 6-1 win to open to the 2016 season.
  • Annabel Harman, Emily Matheson, and Virginia Smith all put on a show for Beach Women's Water Polo in a dominating 16-9 victory over Marist on Valentine's Day. Harman erupted with 5 goals while Matheson and Smith both added a hat trick.

February 22

  • Long Beach State Softball finished off a very good weekend with two convincing wins, defeating North Dakota State 8-1 and St. Mary's 9-1 in six innings. The Beach also defeated Stanford and finished the weekend 4-0.
  • Long Beach State Men's Golf senior Daniel Chian fired a two-under-par 70 in Tuesday's final round of the Folino Invitational at Industry Hills Golf Club, capturing individual medalist.
  • The return of Justin Bibbins marked a return to passing basketball for Long Beach State, as the Beach had 14 assists with just five turnovers on the way to a 70-57 win over Cal State Fullerton.
  • The Dirtbags opened their season with two wins over Holy Cross. The victories were marked by top pitching performances from sophomore Darren McCaughan and senior Tanner Brown.
  • No. 21 Long Beach State Women's Water Polo cruised to two dominant wins over Azusa Pacific, 12-5, and Redlands, 20-5, at the Thompson Aquatic Center in Redlands, Calif.
  • The top-ranked Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Team picked up its third-straight sweep with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-23 victory over No. 11 UC Irvine Friday evening at the Walter Pyramid. The Beach (13-2, 10-2 MPSF) extended its win streak to seven matches and has dropped just one set over its last four contests.
  • In a tight game that saw 18 lead changes, Women's Basketball junior Raven Benton's 19 second-half points led the charge to secure a 58-55 victory for The Beach over UCSB.

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