Defending champs Long Beach reloads with standout recruiting class

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The defending NCAA champions are bringing in recruits with experience of winning championships at the high school, club and international levels.

Long Beach State announced recently that Mason Briggs, Aidan Grosz, Nate Harlan, Aidan Knipe, Grant Marocchi, Zach Schneider and Karl Stenlund have all committed to play for the 49ers starting in 2020. Continue reading “Defending champs Long Beach reloads with standout recruiting class”

St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. St. Francis versus Long Beach State is ranked No. 11 on the list.]

Coach Mike Rumbaugh isn’t shying away from a tough non-conference match — he may have even scheduled the toughest possible match for St. Francis. Continue reading “St. Francis schedules match vs. defending champs Long Beach”

Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season

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The rematch is set for one of the most intense NCAA Tournament matches last season.

Ohio State as part of unveiling its 2019 schedule earlier this week announced it will play a two-match non-conference road series against the defending NCAA champions Long Beach State on Feb. 8-9. Continue reading “Ohio State, Long Beach State rematch scheduled for 2019 season”

Long Beach, UCLA, Pepperdine players make U.S. roster for exhibition series

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Four current college men’s volleyball players will be on the U.S. roster for exhibition matches against Argentina.

Long Beach State outside attacker TJ DeFalco and opposite Kyle Ensing, UCLA setter Micah Ma’a and Pepperdine outside attacker David Wieczorek were selected to play in the three-match series that begins Wednesday. Continue reading “Long Beach, UCLA, Pepperdine players make U.S. roster for exhibition series”

Long Beach outside competes at European Beach Volleyball Championship

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Fresh off of winning the NCAA championship a Long Beach State outside attacker will now attempt to win a European championship.

Outside attacker Ryan Poole is part of a pair representing England at the CEV U22 Beach Volleyball European Championship that started Thursday in Latvia. Continue reading “Long Beach outside competes at European Beach Volleyball Championship”

Stat Breakdown: Long Beach’s DeFalco, Ensing in Volleyball Nations League

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Outside attacker TJ DeFalco and opposite Kyle Ensing just continue to win — even in the college men’s volleyball offseason.

The two Long Beach State All-Americans months after leading the 49ers to the NCAA championship helped the United States win the bronze medal on Sunday at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals. Continue reading “Stat Breakdown: Long Beach’s DeFalco, Ensing in Volleyball Nations League”