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49ers Host Bucknell as Primer to Showdown with Hawai'i Friday to Open Big West Play

Junior Kelly Ringel (432) moved to fourth on the all-time career-saves list last weekend passing Kims Hayes (414).

March 10, 2013

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THE BEAT GOES ON: The ninth-ranked Long Beach State women's water polo team kept rolling full-steam ahead last weekend extending its winning streak to 13 games. The 49ers are led by All-Conference honorees Chelsea Parks (37), Melissa Matheson (26), Coriann Snyder (22), and newcomer freshman Christina Kotsia (27).

The 49ers wrapped up their tournament season 16-2, dropping only two matches to then No. 7 San Diego State 7-6 (Triton Invitational) in overtime and current No. 1 USC 9-1 (Lancer Invitational).

MOVING ON UP: Junior goalkeeper Kelly Ringel moved up one spot on the all-time career-saves list at Long Beach State surpassing Kim Hayes (414) Friday against Redlands at the Claremont Convergence. Ringel was just two saves shy of surpassing Hayes entering the tournament and finished with 19 to push her total to 432.

With 14 matches remaining in the season including the Big West Tournament, Ringel has a chance to pass Amanda Wightman (552) for third on the all-time career-saves list. The Long Beach, Calif. native will need 121 saves the rest of the way to take Wightman's place.

HERDING THE BISONS: The 49ers will finally host their first of two home games of the 2013 season with the first contest coming against Bucknell, Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Campus Pool.

LBSU will be BU's fifth game on its 11-game west coast road swing that ends at the Aztec Invitational next week. The Bison (3-8, 1-2 CWPA) enter Tuesday's match up with a seven-game losing streak after going 0-4 this past weekend at the Roadrunner Invitational in Bakersfield, Calif.

Long Beach State currently leads the head-to-head series against Bucknell 4-0 with the most recent 49er victory about this time last year 6-5 in overtime.

SHOWDOWN AT THE BEACH: The ninth-ranked 49ers are set for a 3 p.m. showdown with the eighth-ranked Rainbow Wahine to open Big West Conference play Friday, March 15th, at the Campus Pool.

This will only be the second match-up between the two schools since Long Beach State left the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after the 2008 season to join the Big West Conference.

The Beach last fell to Hawai'i (7-5, 0-0 Big West) in its last meeting 6-4 in 2012 at the UC Irvine Invitational

UH will open its conference slate with a match against sixth-ranked UC Irvine Thursday, March 14, before the showdown against Long Beach State.

The 49ers will look to improve upon its 1-3 record in conference opening matches against the Rainbow Wahine Friday. LBSU is currently 5-2 against ranked opponents and 13-1 during day games this year.

LAST TIME OUT: The women's water polo continued its dominance in tournament play last weekend going 4-0 at the Claremont Convergence to make it three-straight undefeated tournaments. The LBSU defense kept its opponents at bay during the stretch giving up only 15 scores the entire weekend.

Long Beach State took care of business on day one sinking Redlands 16-4 Friday morning before crushing Whittier 22-5 in its afternoon match at Axelrood Pool behind Chelsea Parks' eight goals. Kelly Ringel split time in the cage with Alexis Butler and Mackenzie Robinson in each game.

LBSU mixed it up a little to start day two of the tournament with the bench getting the starting nod with Butler in the cage the entire game. The 49ers kept La Verne to a measly three goals in the 14-3 victory at Las Flores Park while Justine Morgan and Parks each led the team with hat-tricks. The Beach then concluded the tournament routing a physical Pomona-Pitzer team in the evening with the 14-3 win behind Christina Kotsia's four goals.



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