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.
Long Beach State’s No. 1 duo now has the most wins in the top flight in school history.
The Beach defeated Cal Poly and CSUN Sunday to go 4-0 in Huntington Beach.
Nele Barber, Rachel Nieto, Kobi Pekich and Sammee Thomas all receive first-team honors.
Long Beach State Beach Volleyball (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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