March 17, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State continues a three-match homestand this week, hosting No. 1 Pepperdine Tuesday and Cal State Northridge Thursday at the LBSU Sand Courts. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The first match of the week is a rematch of one of the top rivalries in Sand Volleyball, pitting the same teams that have competed for the national championship in each of the last two seasons against each other. Pepperdine enters the season once again ranked No. 1, but it was the 49ers that had the last laugh a season ago, handing the Waves their first ever loss in Sand Volleyball, as Long Beach State defeated Pepperdine 3-2 in the AVCA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. one year ago.
One of the winning pairs from that championship match, Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson, returns for the 49ers, and the two have posted a 5-2 overall record this season while making a jump from the No. 5 flight to the No. 2 flight, just behind Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic on the 49ers. Chelsea Cabrajac and Bre Mackie have also gotten off to a hot start in 2014, posting a 6-1 overall record, including a 4-0 start in dual match play.
The Waves had Lara Dykstra and Becca Strehlow compete in the top flight during their first two dual matches, while seniors Kellie Woolever and Kelley Larsen won the pairs championship at the USAV Championship last weekend.
After hosting the Waves, Long Beach State will take on a new opponent, facing first-year squad Cal State Northridge. A familiar foe from Big West indoor volleyball, the Matadors have had a rough start to their first campaign, going 0-6, but coming close to a win in a 3-2 defeat at UCLA in their first-ever Sand Volleyball match.
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