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.
Nele Barber earns her fourth Big West Player of the Week honor this season while YiZhi Xue claimed her second Freshman of the Week honor.
Nele Barber, Ashley Murray and YiZhi Xue all earned First Team All-Big West honors while Xue and Hailey Harward were named to the All-Freshman team.
LBSU dropped the opening set, but took control of the match for a 25-27, 25-18, 25-21, 25-9 win over North Texas.
Nele Barber had 18 kills and YiZhi Xue hit .692 in a 3-0 win over UC Davis.
Long Beach State (2016): First Team All-Big West ... Big West All-Freshman Team ... Big West Defensive Player of the Week (Sep. 12) and two-time Big West Freshman of the Week (Oct. 3, Nov. 28) ... led the team with 122 total blocks, averaging 1.04 blocks/set ... finished third on the team with 22 kills (1.90 per set) and had a team-leading .345 hitting percentage ... had 10 kills and five blocks in her first career match at Portland State (Aug. 26) ... Posted a career high 11 blocks vs. Duke (Sep. 9) then matched that total vs. North Texas (Nov. 25) ... hit .556 (12 kills on 18 swings) vs. UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 1), starting a string of three straight matches with double-digit kills ... posted 13 kills on .542 hitting at Cal Poly and added three solo roofs ... had a career-high 14 kills at UC Irvine in a match that started on Sep. 24.
Nanjing No. 3 High School: Played for head coach Gao Yuan while in high school ... won a gold medal at the Chinese National Student Athlete Competition in 2014 ... won another gold medal at the Jiangsu Province Teenager Volleyball Competition.
Personal: daughter of Gang and Yan ... goes by her nickname "Eri" ... majoring in international business.
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