Long Beach State reaches the national finals against USC.
The Beach faces No. 1 USC Saturday to advance to the finals.
The Beach wins the final three flights for a comeback win over the Lions.
Sammee Thomas and Rachel Nieto rally at No. 5 to take the win.
Long Beach State takes both matches 5-0 to remain secure in the Top 5.
Long Beach State (2015): Had an outstanding first competitive season, posting a 17-9 overall record while playing at No. 5 with Sammee Thomas ... Made 391 kills and 312 digs over the course of the season ... Opened her career with a 21-12, 21-16 win at No. 5 over Jones/Cannon of Irvine Valley ... Won 24-22, 21-16 over Jasper-Baylin/Schmitt of UCLA to help capture a 3-2 win over the Bruins at UCLA ... Made 19 digs along with 14 kills in a 21-13, 21-10 win over Castellanos/Scioscia of Loyola Marymount ... Rebounded from a loss to Boyan/Schreiber of Hawai'i in the final regular season match with a 21-19, 21-18 win over the Rainbow Wahine duo at the AVCA Championships ... Also captured a win over Cupp/Toghiyani of Florida International at Gulf Shores.
(2014): Redshirted during the 2014 season.
Long Beach State Women's Volleyball: Redshirted during the 2013 season before focusing on beach volleyball.
High School: A two-time all-conference selection at Las Lomas High School ... Averaged 3.44 kills per set while leading the Knights offensively as a senior ... Finished with 203 kills on .358 hitting ... Also led Las Lomas in digs, averaging 4.1 per set ... A two-time scholar-athlete.
Personal: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... Parents are Mark and Dede Nieto ... Majoring in Psychology.
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