Long Beach State Volleyball

Long Beach State Men’s Volleyball Gets National Championship Rings

The 2018 NCAA men’s volleyball champion Long Beach State squad received their national championship rings in the Pyramid on Saturday, shortly before the school’s men’s basketball team won a Homecoming game against Menlo.

The brief ring ceremony began with a highlight video of the previous season, with a heavy dose of the 49ers’ win over UCLA in the national championship. Head coach Alan Knipe said last month that he wanted to do the ring ceremony at a basketball game so that his team could enjoy the moment without having to prepare for their own match right after. The team will unveil the NCAA championship banner in the Pyramid at its home opener.

Knipe’s instinct may have been correct–after lining up to get their rings, his team enjoyed showing them off to the crowd and cameras.

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.