The 4.0 student reached the NCAA Championship with Beach Volleyball this past season.
The event will be held from May 11-13 in Hermosa Beach.
The Elite 90 Award is given to the participating student-athlete with the highest GPA at each NCAA Championship.
Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto and Sasha Karelov/Kobi Pekich received first-team accolades.
Nele Barber, Rachel Nieto, Kobi Pekich and Sammee Thomas all receive first-team honors.
Long Beach State (2016): Had the team’s best individual record in 2016, going 21-9 and tying for fifth in school history in single-season wins … Led Long Beach State in kills over 2016 with 484 total, hitting .408 … The 484 kills were the second-most in a single season at the Beach … Earned first-team All-Big West honors with Sammee Thomas … Played primarily with Thomas on the season, going 19-6 as a pair … Went 15-6 at No. 3 in dual matches with Thomas … Won the Silver Flight of the USAV Collegiate Challenge in Huntington Beach with Thomas, going 3-0 in a trio of three-set wins over Belton/Bustamante of USC, Drolson/Inouye of UCLA, and Martin/Wheeler of USC … Set a season high with 23 kills in a 21-13, 21-15 win over Campbell/Rodberg of Cal … That was the first of seven straight wins for Peckich/Thomas … Finished the season on a six-match winning streak, including a 4-0 record at the Big West Championships, with a pair of wins over Schreiber/Zalopany of Hawai’i.
Irvine Valley: Played at the No. 1 for Irvine Valley in beach volleyball under Tom Pestolesi for two seasons … Captured the California Community College Athletic Association Pairs Tournament Championship, and helped lead the Lasers to the CCCAA State Championship as well … Won the conference as a team in 2014 during her first season on the Beach … Also played two seasons of indoor volleyball at Irvine Valley … The team posted a 52-2 overall record in her two seasons, winning two conference championships and a state title in 2014 … Made 166 kills, 226 digs, 24 aces and 29 blocks as an outside hitter during the 2014 campaign … Earned first-team All-Orange Empire honors as a sophomore.
Long Beach State Women’s Volleyball: Pressed into service due to injuries on the women’s volleyball team, Pekich played in 14 sets during 2016, making 18 digs and two aces.
High School: Lettered for three seasons in volleyball at Calvary Chapel High School … Earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior while serving as team captain … Was a second-team all-league selection as a sophomore.
Personal: Born in Newport Beach, Calif. … Majoring in Liberal Studies.
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