No. 7 Beach Volleyball Opens Season With Two Wins
Long Beach State beats two Big West opponents in Northridge.
Northridge, Calif. - Long Beach State went on the road and picked up a pair of sweeps over Big West opposition to open the season 2-0. No. 7 LBSU started with a 5-0 win over CSU Bakersfield before closing out the day winning at CSUN, also 5-0.
The Beach started the day by picking up a quick sweep against CSU Bakersfield (1-3). Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto returned to their winning ways at the top flight in a 21-16, 21-14 win over Sydney Haynes and Emily Hansen. Kristyna Adamcikova made her LBSU debut with Hailey Harward at No. 2, winning convincingly 21-8, 21-8, while Anete Brinke and Sasha Karelov won at No. 3, 21-11, 21-10.
Two freshman also made the lineup for the Beach. Nicci Reinking played with Zoi Konstantopoulou in the fourth flight, and the par won 21-12, 21-9 over Briannah Mariner and Sidney Wicks. Senior Hannah Matt played with Marisa Ramsey at No. 5, and the duo dropped Hannah Manzanares and Aleksandra Djordjevic 21-7, 21-11.
In the second match of the day against CSUN (2-1) Brinke and Karelov moved up to the second flight to collect the first win against the Matadors, 21-14, 21-10 against Kristey/Markel and Nicki Williams. Konstantopoulou and Reinking also won for a second time, defeating Indermill/Molinari 21-19, 21-10.
Adamcikova and Harward clinched the win with a 21-15, 21-10 victory at No. 3 over Lauren McMurray and Autumn Russle, while Matt and Ramsey also won in straight sets against Lauren Conati and Nicolette Pinkney. Barber and Nieto had the toughest match of the day at No. 1 against Owens and Sato, but prevailed in three sets 22-20, 18-21, 15-12.
No. 7 Long Beach State will play No. 5 Pepperdine in their home opener Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the LBSU Sand Courts.
#7 Long Beach State 5, CSU Bakersfield 0
1) Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto, LBSU def. Sydney Haynes/Emily Hansen, CSUB 21-16, 21-14
2) Kristyna Adamcikova/Hailey Harward, LBSU def. Sarah Garrow/Desiree Sukhov, CSUB 21-8, 21-8
3) Anete Brinke/Sasha Karelov, LBSU def. Mattison DeGarmo/Emily Lopez, CSUB 21-11, 21-10
4) Zoi Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking, LBSU def. Briannah Mariner/Sidney Wicks, CSUB 21-12, 21-8
5) Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, LBSU def. Hannah Manzanares/Aleksandra Djordjevic, CSUB 21-7, 21-11
#7 Long Beach State 5, CSUN 0
1) Nele Barber, Rachel Nieto, LBSU def. Aeryn Owens/Katie Sato, CSUN 22-20, 18-21, 15-12
2) Anete Brinke/Sasha Karelov, LBSU def. Kristey Markle/Nicki Williams, CSUN 21-14, 21-10
3) Kristyna Adamcikova/Hailey Harward, LBSU def. Lauren McMurray/Autumn Russell, CSUN, 21-15, 21-10
4) Zoi Konstantopoulou/Nicci Reinking, LBSU def. Erin Indermill/Dani Molinari, CSUN 21 19, 21-10
5) Hannah Matt/Marisa Ramsey, LBSU def. Lauren Conati/Nicolette Pinkney, CSUN 22-20, 21-16
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