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Barber and Nieto Named Big West Pair Of The Week

April 3, 2017

Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State’s top flight pair of Rachel Nieto and Nele Barber were named the Big West Pair of the Week following outstanding results in a packed week of action.

The pair led No. 5 Long Beach State to five victories over the five other Big West programs that sponsor beach volleyball, and the juniors went 6-1 overall and are now 19-1 on the season.

Two of their biggest wins came at the Big West Challenge, as wins against then No. 5 Hawai’i and Cal Poly were important in a pair of 3-2 team wins.

Overall, the pair now have 25 wins in the top flight, passing former All-Americans Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke for the most in school history, and their 19 wins are the most in a single season in school history as well at No. 1.

The pair earned the honor for the second time this season, and are the first repeat winners of the award in 2017.



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