CHAMPIONS! Long Beach State Hands Pepperdine First Loss In Sand Volleyball History To Capture 2013 National Championship
Jocelyn Neely and Lauren Minkel win in three sets to seal the win for the 49ers.
Long Beach State's Jackson and Johnson capture Silver pairs title.
Pairs play continues tomorrow at Hermosa Beach.
Long Beach State sweeps second straight opponent.
Changes don't slow down 49ers in sweep of the Roadrunners.
Sand Volleyball (2013): Went 8-9 overall on the season, and 8-7 with Lauren Minkel as her primary partner ... Earned two wins at the AVCA National Championships, twice defeating Djurdjevc and Peliterri of Florida State in 3-2 team victories ... Won 21-18, 23-21 in the National Semifinals to lead the team to the Finals ... Made a season high of 19 kills against Adelhelm and Woolever of Pepperdine ... Ended the season with 214 total kills on .397 hitting, second-best on the team, and added 198 digs.
Beach Volleyball: Played in numerous CBAV tournaments as well as AVP qualifiers ... Won the California Cup on the CBAV circuit with fellow 49er Caitlin Ledoux ... Holds a AAA rating with Ledoux ... Participated with Team USA in the juniors program ... Teamed with Laura Dykstra to represent the USA at the 2009 FIVB World Championships in The Haugue, Netherlands ... One of two teams for the USA, with the other being Ledoux and Tara Roenicke ... Represented Long Beach State at the 2011 USAV Collegiate Challenge.
Long Beach State Volleyball: Earned Big West All-Freshman team honors in 2009 during her only full season playing for the 49ers.
La Habra High School:Three-sport athlete at La Habra High School ... Earned four letters in volleyball, three in basketball and three in track and field ... Helped her basketball team to a 16-10 record as a senior while earning all-league and team MVP honors ... Led the Highlander volleyball team to a league championship as a senior, going undefeated in league play and compiling a 19-5 overall record ... Earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior ... Also named all-area as a senior ... Played on Cal Juniors with Caitlin Ledoux under the Long Beach State coaching staff in club volleyball.
Personal: Born in Whittier, Calif. ... Parents are Jerry and Sandra Neely ... A four-time scholar-athlete award winner and a two time member of the Principal's honor roll at La Habra ... Also recruited by UC Irvine and San Diego ... Graduated and is pursuing a master's degree in sports management.