Coach Alan Knipe spoke on his team’s breakthrough to their first national championship after semi-final losses in each of the last 2 years.
#1 LBSU outlasted #6 OSU in an epic national semifinal Thursday night in four sets. The 49ers move on to the national championship Saturday to await the winner of 2-seed BYU and 3-seed UCLA.
The competition is set to debut on May 25
A common theme arose when the Long Beach State players and head coach Alan Knipe took the stage in front of the NCAA media contingent on Wednesday: the team does not see themselves as the favorite and is looking to build on team chemistry and past experiences to push through to a national title.
The consensus top team (LBSU) and the back-to-back National Champions (Ohio State) battle for a spot in the National Championship.
Long Beach State junior setter Josh Tuaniga was named the 2018 TeamSnap/AVCA Division I-II Men’s Player of the Year. Tuaniga was presented with the award at the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship Banquet in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening.
As the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, LBSU earned a bye to the Final Four, but head coach Alan Knipe says that the team will continue its weekly routine of attempting to reach small goals of one or two percent improvement even in the final week of the season.
Long Beach State’s Alan Knipe leads his team into the NCAA tournament with the #1 overall seed and a 26-1 record.
The AVCA announced its Division I-II Men’s All-America Teams on Monday with 10 players each earning first and second team honors and 27 garnering honorable mention accolades. Loyola senior Jeff Jendryk wrapped up his fourth honor, while BYU rookie Gabi Garcia Fernandez was tabbed as Newcomer of the Year.
#1 Long Beach State won the inaugural Big West Conference tournament with a straight-set victory over #4 Hawai’i Saturday night.