Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fall Sports Recap

Cross Country
Long Beach State senior Rosa Del Toro and sophomore Heath Reedy earned USTFCCCA All-Region awards for their efforts this season. Both Cross Country teams concluded their seasons at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford. Reedy recorded the highest finish among all LBSU runners at the Stanford Golf Course Reedy finished in 18th place with a personal-best in the 10,000-meters of 29:52. The 49er men's team placed ninth out of 25 teams, tallying 288 points and was the second highest team from the Big West. Del Toro was the top runner for the women's squad in the 6K meet, crossing the finish line in 19th with a time of 20:49, just missing qualifying for the NCAA Championship by one place and one second. The LBSU women's team finished in 11th out of 31 teams, collecting 332 points and was the third highest team from the Big West.

Women's Volleyball
Your 49ers became the 25th consecutive team to make the NCAA Tournament, No. 23 Long Beach State faced No. 20 University of San Diego Toros first round. After a hard battle, Long Beach fell 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21 in the only matchup between ranked teams in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Long Beach State finishes the 2011 season with a 23-7 overall record. Long Beach State is slated to return nearly the entire roster, including all starters other than Ledoux and senior libero Lauren Minkel, who led the 49ers with 15 digs in her final match.

Senior Caitlin Ledoux and sophomore Haleigh Hampton were both named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-West Region Team, as announced by the AVCA. With their selection to the All-Region team, both Ledoux and Hampton are guaranteed at least an Honorable Mention All-America selection.

Women's Soccer
The Long Beach State women's soccer team's historic run came to an end as it fell to top-seeded and third-ranked Duke, 2-0, in front of 2,192 fans at Koskinen Stadium. LBSU ended the season with an 18-6-1 overall record, marking the most wins in school history. Prior to their loss in the NCAA Elite Eight, the 49ers had won a program-record eight consecutive games with seven of those coming by way of a shutout. LBSU had not allowed a goal in 544 minutes until Duke found the back of the net at the 66:28 mark. Long Beach State finished the best season in program history with a school-record 49 goals, 52 assists and 150 points. In their third postseason appearance, the 49ers not only won their first NCAA Tournament game, but also became the first team in Big West Conference history to move on to the Elite Eight.

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