Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto and Sasha Karelov/Kobi Pekich received first-team accolades.
The duo were the only pair to go 2-0 over Long Beach State’s two matches last week.
Long Beach State Women’s Volleyball: A Big West All-Freshman team as a libero in her first season at LBSU … A two-time Big West Defensive Player of the Week as a true freshman … Played in all but one match as a freshman, primarily as a libero but also made a cameo as an outside hitter … Second on the team with 377 digs on the season and finished with 81 kills as well … Averaged 3.31 digs per set.
Beach Volleyball: Represented Long Beach State in the USAV U21 Team Trials in Chula Vista for the opportunity to represent the USA at the FIVB World Championships … Was an Honorable Mention AVCA Beach Volleyball High School All-American, one of 10 selected in the nation … Her primary partner, Claire Coppola was chosen as a first-team All-American … Played club in Arizona with RPM Sand … Finished first or second in eight U18 beach volleyball tournaments … Won the USAV Junior Beach Tour event in Hermosa Beach with Coppola in June, 2016 … Had four U18 tournament wins in 2015.
USA Volleyball: Played for five years as a member of USA Volleyball as a member of USA Select A1, the Youth National Team and the Women's Junior National Training Team ... Won a bronze medal in 2012 and a silver medal in 2013 with the USA Select A1 Red Team ... In 2014 won a silver medal with the Youth National Team ... Won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2016 NORCECA Women's U20 Continental Championship.
Desert Vista High School: A four-year varsity player at Desert Vista High, going a combined 143-30 in her career ... won back-to-back State Championships in her junior and senior seasons, earning the No. 1 ranking in Arizona and No. 10 in the nation ... as a senior, named a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace (No. 59) and was on the Defensive Dandies first team ... played at outside hitter for the Thunder, recording 943 kills and 1,077 digs in four seasons ... also served as a team captain her final two seasons ... named to the Tempe Union All-City Team her sophomore-senior seasons, named AIA All-Section and All-Division first team and second team ... All-Tribune first team ... as a sophomore, named to the Westwood Tournament All-Tournament Team and was also named Junior Female Athlete of the Year ... played club for Aspire Volleyball Club for 10 years, captaining from the 14's-18's level, and qualifying for Open Nationals in the 16's, 17's and 18's.
Personal: Also recruited by UCLA, Arizona, Denver, LMU, Arkansas, South Carolina and Pepperdine ... Majoring in marketing.
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