March 7, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State begins the second season of Sand Volleyball ranked second in the nation, coming off of the team's National Finals appearance one year ago in the inaugural season of Sand Volleyball. The 2013 campaign begins on Monday, as the 49ers host No. 4 Florida State and No. 6 UCLA on Monday.
Long Beach State will host a neutral match between Florida State and the UCLA before hosting the Seminoles in a rematch from the National Semifinals a year ago.
The Noon match marks the sand volleyball debut for UCLA, as the Bruins introduce their team in 2013, while both Florida State and Long Beach State were invited to the four-team AVCA National Championship as season ago.
The 49ers enter the season ranked No. 2 in the country, based on the strength of the returning roster, which has all but one player returning from the national runners-up from 2012. That includes All-Americans Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke, who were one point away from capturing the pairs title last year. Also returning for the 49ers are three other complete teams in Jocelyn Neely and Lauren Minkel, Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson, along with Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla. Chelsea Cabrajac, who was also invited to the National Pairs championship a year ago, will play with Bre Mackie to start the season, while Alex Reid and Erin Juley will press all teams for playing time.
Long Beach State will host 12 home matches in 2013, having established a reputation as one of the best home sites in college sand volleyball in its second season as an NCAA emerging sport. The sport is continuing to grow, with the 49ers hosting four first-year programs in addition to facing their indoor conference foe in Hawaii, along with the defending national champions Pepperdine.
The sand volleyball courts are found on campus, located directly behind the baseball diamond past the Walter Pyramid. Fans can park in Lot 13 and make the short walk to the courts. Admission is free.
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