Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto were selected as first-team All-Big West for the third time each.
The duo went 4-0 last week, including a win over No. 16 Loyola Marymount.
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.
Career: Enters 2018 with 41 career wins with Nele Barber, needing 20 to tie the school record set by Janisa Johnson and Tyler Jackson ... Holds the individual flight one victories record along with Barber ... Is two wins away from moving into second-place in individual victories at Long Beach State and needs 23 as a senior to set the school record.
Long Beach State (2017): A First-Team All-American with Nele Barber, becoming the third and fourth players at Long Beach State to earn that honor ... Also named First-Team All-Big West ... Played all season at No. 1 with Barber, 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 Barber ... 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 ... Made 20 kills with 20 digs in the three-set win over Slattery/Sponcil ... 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.
(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 ... Remained with the team in 2017, and played in 106 of 108 sets as a libero and defensive specialist ... Second on the team with 274 digs, and made 15 aces.
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: Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology ... Entered into Kinesiology Master’s program.
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