Sophomore Hailey Harward was named a First Team All-Big West performer on Monday, one of four Long Beach State women’s volleyball players to be recognized by the conference.
Long Beach State closed the 2017 season on a high note, securing a 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win to finish the year on a three-match winning streak.
Long Beach State pulled out a 25-18, 15-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-8 victory over UC Riverside on Friday night, led by a career-best 21 kills from sophomore Hailey Harward.
The Beach played tough on the road but came up short in a 25-23, 18-25, 25-16, 27-25 loss at UC Santa Barbara.
Brooke Earkman was named Big West Freshman of the Week and Hailey Harward earned Big West Defensive Player of the Week.
Long Beach State (2016): Big West All-Freshman Team ... two-time Big West Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 10, Nov. 21) ... had 20 matches with 10+ digs and three with 20+ digs ... played libero and outside hitter in her freshman season, primarily serving as the libero to finish second on the team with 377 digs, averaging 3.31 per set ... recorded 17 digs and a pair of aces vs. California (Sep. 2) ... saw her first action at outside hitter against Washington State (Sep. 3), recording four kills ... made her first of eight consecutive starts on the outside vs. LMU (Sep. 8) ... had a season-high 16 kills vs. Arizona State (Sep. 10) and added 12 digs for her first of two double-doubles ... posted 11 kills on 21 swings at San Diego State (Sep. 17) for a season-best .476 hitting percentage ... recorded 50 digs across two matches, starting with 23 at UC Riverside (Oct. 5) followed by a season-high 27 vs. Hawai'i (Oct. 8).
Desert Vista High School: A four-year varsity player at Desert Vista High, going a combined 143-30 in her career ... won back-to-back State Championships in her junior and senior seasons, earning the No. 1 ranking in Arizona and No. 10 in the nation ... as a senior, named a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace (No. 59) and was on the Defensive Dandies first team ... played at outside hitter for the Thunder, recording 943 kills and 1,077 digs in four seasons ... also served as a team captain her final two seasons ... named to the Tempe Union All-City Team her sophomore-senior seasons, named AIA All-Section and All-Division first team and second team ... All-Tribune first team ... as a sophomore, named to the Westwood Tournament All-Tournament Team and was also named Junior Female Athlete of the Year ... played club for Aspire Volleyball Club for 10 years, captaining from the 14's-18's level, and qualifying for Open Nationals in the 16's, 17's and 18's.
USA Volleyball: Played for five years as a member of USA Volleyball as a member of USA Select A1, the Youth National Team and the Women's Junior National Training Team ... won a bronze medal in 2012 and a silver medal in 2013 with the USA Select A1 Red Team ... in 2014 won a silver medal with the Youth National Team ... won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2016 NORCECA Women's U20 Continental Championship.
Personal: daughter of Scott and Linda ... her dad played golf at San Diego State and her mom is a Long Beach State alum ... member of the National Honor Society, AIA Scholar Activity, and Received Athletic and Academic Excellence Awards ... a member of Honor's Choir and worked with the National Charity League in high school ... hobbies include singing, writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends ... also recruited by UCLA, Arizona, Denver, LMU, Arkansas, South Carolina and Pepperdine ... majoring in marketing.
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