The duo are the second LBSU pair to be recognized as All-Americans in Beach Volleyball.
The event will be held from May 11-13 in Hermosa Beach.
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.
Long Beach State (2016): Ranks 10th all-time in school history with 35 career wins … Sits 8th in career digs at Long Beach State … A first-team All-Big West selection along with her primary partner Nele Barber … Went 18-13 individually on the season … Went 10-3 in dual matches at No. 2, and 6-8 at No. 1 ... Went 2-3 with Kobi Pekich and 16-10 on the year with Barber … Went 8-1 with Barber in the second flight before moving to No. 1 … Had wins against Nebraska, Cal and Arizona in that stretch … Won 21-15, 16-21, 15-13 over Maglio/Spieler of Hawai’i, making 15 kills and 14 digs on April 22 … Hit .615, making 16 kills with no errors in a win at the Big West Championship over Conati/Sato of CSUN.
(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 … Due to injuries on the team, returned in 2016 and played in 19 sets as a serving specialist.
Las Lomas 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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