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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.

April 20

  • Freshman Dirtbags pitcher Chris Mathewson struck out a career-high 10 batters on Sunday, while also running his scoreless inning streak to 24.
  • No. 41 Women's Tennis swept UCR and BYU last week, securing the top seed in the Big West Tournament.
  • No. 11 Men's Volleyball secured the 7th seed in the MPSF Tournament and will face Hawaii on Saturday.
  • Five Track & Field student-athletes increased their mark or earned a spot in the program's All-Time Top-10 list at the Beach Invitational.

April 27

  • Women's Tennis won the Big West Tournament title and earned a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Three Beach Women's Golfers were named to the All-Big West Conference team, including Freshman of the Year Savannah Knox.
  • No. 6 Sand Volleyball ended the regular season by winning the Aloha Invitational Championship.

May 4

  • Sand Volleyball reached the National Championship match and ends the season as the National Runner-Up.
  • Junior Haley Tobler hit 3-run home run on Sunday to cap Beach Softball's sweep of Cal Poly.
  • First-team All-Big West performer, Kassidy Teare, became the second Beach Women's Golfer to be selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Golf Tournament.
  • 2015 Big West regular season and tournament champion No. 40 Women's Tennis will face Virginia Tech in a first round NCAA Tournament matchup.

May 11

  • Head Softball Coach, Kim Sowder, picked up career win No. 300 on Senior Day last Sunday.
  • Women's Water Polo student-athletes Kayla Robert and Christina Kotsia were both recognized on the 2015 All-Big West Conference team.
  • Junior Women's Golfer Kassidy Teare finished ahead of eight players ranked in the top-100 at the NCAA St. George Regional.
  • Beach Women's Soccer will face seven teams that appeared in the 2014 NCAA Tournament next season.
  • Karolina Rozenberg won her 30th singles match of the season becoming only the third student-athlete in Beach Women's Tennis history to accomplish such a feat.

May 18

  • Athletics Director, Vic Cegles, was recently honored as the 2014-15 I-AAA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year.
  • Men's Track & Field won their 3rd consecutive Big West Title, the first three-peat in school history.
  • 2015's version of Jewels of the Night set records as over 850 people attended the event, raising over $126,000 in net revenues for the scholarship fund.
  • Christina Clermont was honored as the Big West Pitcher of the Year and Shayna Kimbrough earned her second consecutive conference Defensive Player of the Year Award, while four Beach Softball student-athletes were recognized on the All-Big West First-Team.

May 26

  • Following the program's 3rd consecutive Big West Men's Track & Field title, head coach Andy Sythe was recognized as the conference's Coach of the Year.
  • Beach Alum and Women's Volleyball legend Tara Cross - Battle was recognized by USA Volleyball as an All-Time Great player.
  • Beach Athletics defeated UC Irvine to take its fourth consecutive Black and Blue Rivalry, presented by Duke's Huntington Beach.

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