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.
The Beach won its first road match of the season to open conference play, gutting out a 23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 17-15 win at UC Riverside.
LBSU started off slowly, but gained its footing and dominated the final three sets in a 3-2 win over Montana State.
The Beach got a career-best 19 kills from Megan Kruidhof but couldn’t take down Utah Valley on the road.
LBSU took the first set against No. 9 Kansas, but couldn’t quite get over the top in a 3-1 defeat on Friday afternoon.
Long Beach State (2016): Made eight starts and played in 105 sets as a sophomore ... recorded 67 kills on a .222 hitting percentage ... posted a double-double on Oct. 21 at UC Santa Barbara thanks to a season-high 13 kills to go with 11 digs ... made it consecutive double-doubles Oct. 22 at Cal Poly, finishing with 11 kills and a season-high 16 digs ... hit a season-best .471 at Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 18) ... stuffed the stat sheet with eight kills, 10 digs and four blocks (two solo) against North Texas (Nov. 25).
(2015): Started the first four and final five matches of the season at outside hitter, totaling 82 sets played in her freshman season ... Big West Freshman of the Week after season's final weekend (Nov. 30) ... Hit .538 at UC Santa Barbara with eight kills on just 13 swings and an error ... Reached double-figures in digs in six matches, including four straight from Oct. 17-29 with a career-high 16 vs. UCSB (Oct. 23) ... Put down an ace in five straight matches (Oct. 17-31) and in eight of nine matches (Oct. 17-Nov. 21) ... Credited with two solo roofs at CSUN (Nov. 13) ... Had a career-best 12 kills vs. Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 20) on a career-high 29 swings ... Recorded her first double-double in the final match of the year vs. Denver (Nov. 28) with 10 kills and 11 digs.
Lakewood HS: A two-time All-CIF first team selection and four-time All-Moore League selection … also earned Prep Volleyball All-America High Honorable Mention after her senior season … led Lakewood to back-to-back Moore League championships in 2013 and 2014 … a member of the Press-Telegram’s Dream Team for all four years in high school … reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section tournament in 2013 and 2014.
Personal: Played for the Goldenwest Volleyball Club … daughter of Ron and Terri … her father Ron played basketball collegiately at Cerritos College and CSUN and professionally in Europe … undecided on a major.
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