Long Beach State placed two pairs into the 16-team, single elimination tournament held Sunday at the AVCA National Championships, but each dropped their first match to finish off the 2015 season.
Long Beach State defeated Pepperdine to reach the AVCA National Championship Match, but the 49ers' magical run at the tournament finally came to an end as No. 1 USC finished their season unbeaten, winning the national title over the Beach.
The third time was the charm for Long Beach State, as the seventh-seeded 49ers defeated (2) Hawai'i 3-1 to open up an outstanding day at the AVCA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. After their first win, the 49ers defeated (3) Florida International 4-1, and will face (1) USC in the winners bracket championship Saturday morning.
Long Beach State travels to the AVCA National Championships this week, as the 49ers return to the team competition after a one-year absence. The 49ers begin the tournament on Friday, held for the fourth straight year in Gulf Shores, Ala.