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Long Beach’s MacRae, Knipe Take Silver With USA Volleyball Youth

Long Beach’s Nick MacRae and Aidan Knipe are headed home from Costa Rica with silver medals after a successful week at the NORCECA U19 Championship in San Jose.

MacRae is a Wilson, LBCC, and Long Beach State alum who is currently the top assistant for the defending national champion Long Beach State men’s volleyball team. MacRae, who was named the nation’s top collegiate assistant, is an assistant with the USA Boys’ Youth Team. The team’s starting setter is Knipe, the son of the LBSU men’s volleyball team’s coach and a class of 2019 commit to the LBSU program.

Knipe started every match for the USA, which went 4-2 including a championship match loss to Cuba. Knipe finished second among all setters in the tournament with 3.83 assists per set.

By virtue of the championship match appearance, the USA qualified for the FIVB U19 World Championships, which will be held in Nanjing, China in July.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.