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Long Beach State Notebook: Men’s Volleyball At Home This Weekend

The No. 1 Long Beach State men’s volleyball team will be back at Walter Pyramid this weekend for a pair of nonconference matches on the new Taraflex playing surface.

WATCH HIGHLIGHT VIDEO from last weekend when The Beach christened the new floor.

LBSU will host No. 8 Stanford at 7 p.m. on Friday, and Saint Francis on Saturday at the same time. The Beach leads the all-time series with Stanford 52-29 after 11 of the last 12 meetings.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Deishuan Booker and Edon Maxhuni took turns carrying the Long Beach State men’s basketball team to 70-57 win over UC Riverside on Wednesday night at Walter Pyramid. Booker scored almost half of the LBSU points in the first half, and Maxhuni made four of his five 3-pointers in the second half as both guards finished with 21 points each.

WATCH HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

BASEBALL

The Dirtbags picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday against No. 16 Michigan.

LBSU is back at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field all weekend to face their fourth ranked opponent already this season. No. 18 TCU already has a quality win over No. 1 Vanderbilt and is hitting .283 as a team. The series continues at 6 p.m. on Saturday and concludes at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

SOFTBALL

LBSU picked up the first shutout win of the season over San Jose State 5-0 last weekend as junior pitcher Ashley Coleman struck out four and Alyssa Gonzalez hit a 3-run home run. The Beach is back at LBSU Softball Complex all week for six games as part of the Louisville Slugger Invitational, and the Sunday afternoon matchup with No. 1 UCLA is the last of the four-day marathon. The top-ranked Bruins (17-1) have an impressive .533 team slugging percentage and 1.11 team ERA that ranks fifth in the nation. UCLA lead the all-time series with LBSU 70-11, and the Beach has only won one of the last 11 meetings win 2015.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

The Beach (3-1) opened up the 2019 campaign last week with three victories and a pair of sweeps over Cal State LA and CSU Bakersfield. The pair of Allie Loitz and Sydney Stevens picked up four 2-0 wins on the week. No. 8 LBSU is at USC today for a pair of matches against No. 15 Stetson and No. 5 Florida State.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Tonight is senior night for LBSU with rival Cal State Fullerton in town, and then The Beach will finish the regular season at UC Irvine on Saturday afternoon. When the Beach beat Fullerton 59-53 in early February, junior Aaryon Green scored a career-high 14 points to go with 10 rebounds. LBSU entered the week tied for sixth in the Big West with the Titans.

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

The Beach split four games in Michigan last weekend while freshman Orsi Hertzka and junior Maria Mimidi each scored four goals on the final day of competition.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

LBSU dropped its first match of the season with a 4-3 loss to San Diego last weekend, but stayed undefeated in the Big West with a 6-1 win over Cal Poly. The Beach is back at Rhodes Tennis Center on Friday for a nonconference match against Weber State before traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a rescheduled conference match at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Big West rivalry was postponed last weekend due to rain.

TRACK & FIELD

Long Beach Poly alum Vincent Calhoun had a personal best 7’3” high jump over the weekend at the Beach Opener, and that ranks second all-time at LBSU.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.
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