After completing four seasons one the court with Duke, Sasha Karelov is ready to try her hand at beach volleyball. Karelov transfers to Long Beach State, to begin her new collegiate career as a beach volleyball player in the 2017 season.
With the Blue Devils, Karelov took over the back row, picking up every ball she could. In each of her matches over the final three seasons with Duke, Karelov picked up over five digs per set.
In her final season, Karelov was named as the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, picking up 634 digs for the Blue Devils on a average of 5.42 per set. After a spectacular four seasons, she ended her indoor career with 2,023 digs – ranking her third in Duke history and ninth in ACC history.
Karelov earned a number of awards over her four years with Duke, including: Honorable Mention All-American, a three-time all-Region selection, earning first-team honors in her senior campaign. Also in her senior season, Karelov earned first-team All-ACC honors, while also being named a three-time all-ACC selection.
Coming out of high school, Karelov was named the #55 Prep Volleyball Senior ace and #1 recruit coming out of North Carolina.
The team begins their season at home, hosting Irvine Valley and CSU Bakersfield on March 4.