Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto were selected as first-team All-Big West for the third time each.
Seeded fourth, the seniors reached the finals before falling in three sets to Cal Poly’s Van Winden and Miric.
Long Beach State won the top three flights in straight sets against the Seminoles.
Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto and Sasha Karelov/Kobi Pekich received first-team accolades.
Long Beach State (2017): A first-team All-Big West selection in her first year at Long Beach State … Posted a 22-13 overall record while playing exclusively with Kobi Pekich … Went 20-12 at No. 2, their primary flight … Set the single season and career pairs wins records at No. 2 in the process … Also shared the single-season individual wins record … Needs nine wins at No. 2 in 2018 to become the career leader in wins at the flight … Led the team with 371 digs on the season … Made 19 kills to tie a season-high in her debut against Irvine Valley … Won four straight matches to open the season … Won 21-13, 21-17 over Dunn/Lind of Stetson to seal a 3-2 win over the Hatters … Won eight straight matches during the year, including wins over Tan/Yeomans of UCLA and Schucht/Taylor of Hawai’i … Made 16 kills and nine digs in the 21-15, 21-15 win against the Rainbow Wahine … Claimed a three-set win over Schwan/Strickland of Washington 21-13, 19-21, 15-10 … 21-9, 21-17 winners over Halllaran/McDonald of #8 Arizona in a big win for postseason selection … Playing at No. 3 at the NCAA Championships, did not finish against Pepperdine and then lost a heartbreaker in the deciding match against LSU, falling 14-21, 21-19, 17-15 to Lindelow/Powers of LSU.
Duke: An Honorable Mention All-American at Duke, where she played four seasons as the team’s libero … The 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, making 634 digs for the Blue Devils, an average of 5.42 per set … Also averaged over an assist per set with 16 aces in 2016 … A three-time All-Region selection, earning first-team honors as a senior … Finished her career with 2,023 digs, ranking third in Duke history and 9th in ACC history … Earned first-team All-ACC honors as a senior and was also a three-time All-ACC selection … Averaged over five digs per set in each of her final three seasons at Duke.
High School: A four-year letterwinner at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh … Was the No. 55 Prep Volleyball Senior ace and the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina coming out of high school as a libero/defensive specialist … Went 27-1 and were state runner-ups in her senior season … Finished the season with 315 kills, 330 digs and 74 aces … Led Leesville in digs and aces for three seasons … Named the Cap Eight Conference Player of the Year after making 363 kills and 90 aces as a junior.
Personal: Parents are Evgeni and Marina Karelov … Mother was a member of the Belarus National volleyball team from 1984-86 … Interned with North Carolina congressman Scott Peters in the summer of 2016 … A graduate transfer student.
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