Long Beach State sets NCAA record for best offense in modern era

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The Long Beach State offense ended the season being the best in the nation and the best in the modern history of NCAA men’s volleyball.

The NCAA champion 49ers with their .375 attack percentage set the single-season team record for the most efficient offense in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball history during the 25-point rally scoring era. Continue reading “Long Beach State sets NCAA record for best offense in modern era”

Long Beach State, Pepperdine players make initial U.S. roster for Nations League

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Three current college men’s volleyball All-Americans will be on the U.S. preliminary roster for the biggest international tournament of the year.

USA Volleyball announced Monday that Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco, Long Beach State opposite Kyle Ensing and Pepperdine outside attacker David Wieczorek were selected to the 26-player U.S. roster for the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Continue reading “Long Beach State, Pepperdine players make initial U.S. roster for Nations League”

Maturity key reason for Long Beach State winning national championship

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Brendan Yu | Off the Block special contributor

In the wake of its unceremonious VolleyFour exits the past two years, the maturity of the Long Beach State had been called into question.

But as they amassed a near flawless 24-1 record during the regular season, the 49ers left little doubt that this year was a much more experienced and – more importantly – disciplined team. Continue reading “Maturity key reason for Long Beach State winning national championship”

Historical stats, notes from Long Beach State beating UCLA in NCAA finals

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Long Beach State and UCLA playing in the NCAA Tournament finals lived up to the all the hype and set several records in the process.

Check out historical notes and stats to know from Long Beach State’s five-game victory against UCLA on Saturday to win the NCAA championship. Continue reading “Historical stats, notes from Long Beach State beating UCLA in NCAA finals”

Take a pickaxe to the drought: 49ers win first NCAA championship in 27 years

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It was just that type of special season for setter Josh Tuaniga.

With the fourth game tied at 24-24 and Long Beach State two points away from elimination, the 2018 National Player of the Year had a setter dump kill to set up a game-point opportunity. Seconds later ,Tuaniga was behind the service line and ripped off an ace to force a decisive fifth game in the NCAA Tournament finals. Continue reading “Take a pickaxe to the drought: 49ers win first NCAA championship in 27 years”