The senior closes her career with her second Beach Volleyball All-American selection.
Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto were selected as first-team All-Big West for the third time each.
Seeded fourth, the seniors reached the finals before falling in three sets to Cal Poly’s Van Winden and Miric.
The duo are the second LBSU pair to be recognized as All-Americans in Beach Volleyball.
Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto and Sasha Karelov/Kobi Pekich received first-team accolades.
Career: Enters 2018 with 41 career wins with Rachel Nieto, needing 20 to tie the school record set by Janisa Johnson and Tyler Jackson … Holds the individual flight one victories record along with Nieto … One of two players in the NCAA Championship Beach Volleyball era to be named an All-American in both Beach Volleyball and Women’s Volleyball in the same season in 2016-17.
Long Beach State Beach Volleyball (2017): A first-team All-American after leading Long Beach State to its first NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship appearance … Also named First-Team All-Big West … Played all season at No. 1 with Rachel Nieto, finishing the year with a 25-11 overall record … Tied the old school record with the 25 wins in one season, and set a new school mark for wins in the top flight with Nieto … Started the season with 14 consecutive wins … That run included wins over Andrew/Kuhlman of Florida State, Allen/Allmer of LSU, Knudsen/Roh of Pepperdine, and Slattery/Sponcil of LMU … Finished with 18 kills and 12 digs in the win over Knudsen/Roh … Took her first loss of the season against McNamara/McNamara of UCLA … Grabbed victories on the way to 3-2 team wins over both Hawai’i and Cal Poly at the Big West Challenge ... Won 21-18, 22-20 vs. Martin/Tucker of UH with 14 kills, and 21-19, 21-13 against Hubbard/Sonny of Cal Poly … Was the team’s leader in blocks with 62 on the year … Made 25 kills against Coppola/Nuss in the NCAA Championships, tied for 8th in school history.
(2016): A first-team All-Big West selection in her first season … Started the season with Sammee Thomas, then partnered with Rachel Nieto with whom she earned all-league honors … Went 16-10 with Nieto, including 8-1 at No. 2 … With Nieto was the team’s primary pair at No. 1, going 6-7 … Second on the team with 410 kills on the year, hitting .347 … Also finished with 30 blocks, second on the team … Won first three matches with Nieto, including a 21-16, 16-21, 16-14 win over Bukovec/Strange of USC … Made a season-high 27 kills on .548 in a three-set win over Bonomi/Schulz of Arizona … Won six straight matches at No. 2 before moving to the top flight … Went 2-2 at the Big West Championships, falling in three sets in the championship match with Hawai’i.
Long Beach State Volleyball: A star for Long Beach State, Barber was a two-time first-team All-Big West selection in her two seasons at Long Beach State … An Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All-Region selection as a senior … Team went 46-16 in her two seasons … Led Long Beach State in both kills and digs in each of her two seasons … Recorded 45 double-doubles in her two seasons at LBSU, and averaged 4.10 kills and 3.51 digs per set as a senior … Played in every set in each of the last two seasons.
Marquette: A two-year starter at outside hitter for Marquette … Made 314 kills and 271 digs over the course of the 2014 season … Named to the All-Big East Championship team after averaging 4.25 kills per set and hitting .460 while leading the Golden Eagles to the championship with wins over Butler and Creighton.
High School: Competed for the Germany Junior National Team for indoor volleyball with more than 80 appearances from 201-13 ... Averaged 2.33 kills per set and hit .320 at the 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championshipp … Also helped lead Germany to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship
Personal: Born in Berlin … Majoring in American Studies.
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