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Long Beach State Notebook: Memorable Times For Men’s Volleyball, Baseball

Long Beach State men’s volleyball reclaimed their No. 1 ranking by knocking off Hawaii twice last weekend. The Beach won on Friday and Saturday night in a pair of five-set thrillers.

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The Dirtbags had a memorable weekend. They lost head coach Troy Buckley on Thursday, and then won their first series of the season.

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This week, the Dirtbags are playing their Big West series against Cal Poly at Bohl Diamond at Blair Field Thursday-Saturday because of the Easter holiday on Sunday. The series will continue at 6 p.m. on Friday, and conclude at 2 p.m. on Saturday. LBSU and Cal Poly are last in runs scored in the conference.

LBSU dropped its Big West Conference series with rival Cal State Fullerton last weekend, but picked up a win off the first-place Titans in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader.

After losing the series opener 5-2, LBSU pitcher Ashley Coleman allowed a one-out double in the top of the first inning of the second game. She got out of the jam with a strikeout, and then senior Nichole Fry delivered her 17th career home run, and sixth of the season, in the bottom of the first. That was all the Beach needed in a 1-0 victory as Coleman scattered six hits and struck out a season-high tying seven batters. It’s her sixth shutout of the season.

LBSU (17-21, 4-5) dropped the series finale 9-6 on Sunday. Fry went 5-for-10 on the weekend while scoring four runs.

The Beach is back at the LBSU Softball Complex for a doubleheader on Friday, and one more game at the same time on Saturday. LBSU is now fifth in the conference standings after a month of play, and the Gauchos are last.

No. 9 LBSU (17-7) dropped both of its matches last week against No. 2 USC and No. 12 Cal. The No. 2 flight duo of Zoi Konstantopoulou and Nicci Reinking took their match in a 3-2 loss to the Golden Bears.

LBSU is going to Westwood for a pair of matches on Saturday. After playing No. 15 Grand Canyon at noon, the Beach will face the No. 1 Bruins. UCLA (26-1) lost its first match of the season last week against No. 2 USC.

Senior Joe Fryer and Wilson High alum Hunter Epson finished tied for 11th place after shooting 2-over for the weekend at the El Macero Classic hosted by UC Davis.

LBSU and UC Irvine played the annual Black & Blue Rivalry match to a 3-3 draw at Old Ranch Country Club last week. The Beach has not lost head-to-head against UCI the past six years.

Sophomore Charlie Vernoy had the standout field performance for LBSU at the UCSD Triton Invite last weekend. He posting a 9-foot personal best in the discuss to take a 3-foot Big West Conference lead, and had a personal best hammer throw of 182’8”.

Jack Rose Track is hosting the 25th Annual Beach Invitational on Friday and Saturday. This elite event on campus features schools and athletes from around the country.

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.