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The562.org’s College Athletes Of The Week

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Jessica Blakeman, LBCC Volleyball

The Vikings improved to 15-3 last week in a split pair of matches, with a loss to El Camino and a win over Passadena. The Vikings were led in both matches by Jessica Blakeman, who had 13 kills and 17 digs in the loss and 11 kills, 3 digs and a block in the win over Pasadena, which came at home in four sets.

Ashley Gonzales, Long Beach State Soccer

Long Beach State senior Ashley Gonzales made history on Sunday night in a 2-1 win over UC Irvine. Gonzales scored a goal with 20 minutes left to put Long Beach State up 2-0, a goal that ended up being the deciding score in a win that gives LBSU inside track on a Big West title. It also was Gonzales’ 34th career score, giving her the new career record for most goals in LBSU history.

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.
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