CHAMPIONS! Long Beach State Hands Pepperdine First Loss In Sand Volleyball History To Capture 2013 National Championship
Jocelyn Neely and Lauren Minkel win in three sets to seal the win for the 49ers.
Long Beach State's Jackson and Johnson capture Silver pairs title.
Pairs play continues tomorrow at Hermosa Beach.
Long Beach State sweeps second straight opponent.
Changes don't slow down 49ers in sweep of the Roadrunners.
Sand Volleyball (2012): A First-Team All-American and a National Pairs Finalist in the first season of Sand Volleyball ... With Caitlin Ledoux, one of 16 teams chosen to compete for the AVCA National Pairs Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala. ... Defeated Stetson's Melville and Bassett in straight sets 21-11, 21-12 to advance to the quarterfinals ... Made the semifinals with a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Newgard and Tiegs of Florida State ... Outlasted Stepanova and Pardon of Florida State 21-19, 17-21, 15-8 to reach the national finals against Racich and Ross of Pepperdine ... Lost in three sets in the National Finals 14-21, 21-15, 16-14 ... Ended the season with an individual and pairs record of 20-10, playing each match with Ledoux ... Made 459 digs during the season, the most of any 49er ... Also hit .377 with 354 kills, second only to her partner Ledoux ... Added 47 aces on the year.
Beach Volleyball: Has an extensive sand volleyball resume ... Ranked No. 1 overall for U21 with Summer Ross ... Participated in the 2011 women's FIVB World Tour ... Finished in fifth place at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia ... Won the 2010 U21 FIVB World Championships in Alanya, Turkey ... Finished in fourth place at the women's FIVB Exhibition in South Korea as the only junior team entered with Caitlin Ledoux ... Also won FIVB World Championships at the U19 level in 2007 and 2008 ... Has been on the USA Junior National Team for the last five years.
Long Beach State Women's Volleyball: A first-team All-Big West selection as the team's starting setter ... Finished 2012 with 1150 assists, leading the Big West with a 10.75 assist per set average ... Also hit .269 with 113 kills on the year while averaging 2.46 digs per set ... Spent one season as the starting setter for Houston before transferring to Long Beach State.
Los Osos High School: A four-year letterwinner at Los Osos ... Named the team's MVP three times ... Led the Grizzlies to the CIF playoffs four times, reaching the quarterfinals as a senior ... Named the All-Inland Valley Player of the Year ... A first-team All-CIF selection and the MVP of the Baseline League ... A Prep Volleyball Senior Ace, No. 93 in 2009.
Personal: Born in Glendora, Calif ... Mother is Debbie Roenicke ... Graduated Cum Laude from Los Osos High School ... Brother Bryce leads a long list of family members in baseball, playing in college ... Uncle Ron Roenicke is the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers ... Also has four cousins playing collegiate or professional baseball ... Recruited by USC, UCLA, Hawaii, Florida State and Cal Poly ... Majoring in business.