Monday, August 22, 2011

Volleyball: 2011 Alumni Game

This past Saturday LBSU Women’s Volleyball kicked off their season with an exciting match against the alumni of the program. The match was high-spirited as former 49ers warmed up in Walter Pyramid alongside your present 49ers of the program. Seeing the two merge together for such an occasion was truly something special. The match kicked off as the alumni set the tone by winning the first point of the game. The current 49ers grabbed the first set by a large margin, but much more was to be said about the second set. The alumni fired back and held alongside the current 49ers point-by-point, and eventually clutching the second set - sending the game to the final and deciding third set. The current 49ers set the pace by grabbing a large lead in at the beginning of the third set and securing the win. The match was filled with long rallies and friendly banter between players. Great volleyball was played between both sides, and for that afternoon both the past and present came together to celebrate the beginning of another exciting season. 

The women’s volleyball program starts the season off with a No. 22 preseason nod, and is also picked to win the 2011 Big West Volleyball Championship. Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro looks to lead Long Beach State to its 12th Big West Championship title. Your 49ers are led by two-time AVCA Honorable mention Caitlin Ledoux and first-team All-Big West selection Haleigh Hampton. This weekend the women’s volleyball team will host the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational. It’s going to be an exciting weekend as they take on teams from the University of Washington, Prairie View A&M, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Please visit for more information and GO BEACH!

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