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.
Redshirt senior Rachel Nieto set a career high with 22 digs in Friday’s win over UC Riverside, then recorded 22 more in Saturday’s sweep of CS Fullerton to earn Big West Defensive Player of the Week.
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.
LBSU bounced back for a 27-25, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Wright State on Friday night.
Nele Barber had 18 kills and YiZhi Xue hit .692 in a 3-0 win over UC Davis.
Long Beach State (2016): Re-joined the indoor team midway through conference play after playing exclusively with the beach volleyball program for the previous two seasons ... appeared in six matches, playing 19 sets ... made her season debut vs. UC Irvine (Oct. 28) and recorded an ace and a dig ... had a season-high three digs and a kill vs. UC Davis (Oct. 29).
(2013): Did not appear in a match as a freshman.
High School: A two-time all-conference selection at Las Lomas High School ... Averaged 3.44 kills per set while leading the Knights offensively as a senior ... Finished with 203 kills on .358 hitting ... Also led Las Lomas in digs, averaging 4.1 per set ... A two-time scholar-athlete.
Personal: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... Parents are Mark and Dede Nieto ... Majoring in Psychology.
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