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Athlete of the Week Long Beach State’s College Athletes Of The Week

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Carly Hill, Long Beach State Volleyball

After a tough loss to UC Irvine last week, Long Beach State was looking for a win in the Pyramid against UC Davis on Saturday night. Tyler Spriggs came up huge offensively for the 49ers but it would have been for naught without the expert defensive work of Carly Hill, who came in and had an excellent match in the back row. Hill led the team with 20 digs, racking up two assists as well.

Sarah Maher, Long Beach State Soccer

Wilson alum Sarah Maher played hero for Long Beach State last week on the islands in a huge must-win Big West game against Hawaii. Long Beach State led 2-1 before Maher’s strike, with her third goal of the season putting the 49ers up 3-1. That ended up being a good thing, because Hawaii scored at the end of the game to bring the score to 3-2.


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.