Long Beach State men’s water polo continued its hot start by winning three of its four games at the Inland Empire Classic in Riverside last weekend. LBSU (6-2) is ranked No. 7 in the latest coaches poll.
The Beach opened the tournament at Redlands with a 16-5 win over Whittier and a 19-4 win over Concordia. The only loss on the weekend came against No. 8 Pepperdine 10-8 on Sunday morning in a preview for Golden Coast Conference action next month. LBSU finished the weekend with a 17-8 win over Air Force.
Through eight games, LBSU senior Austin Stewart leads the team with 24 goals. Five other players have scored in double figures for the Beach.
LBSU (3-6) picked up a five set win over South Florida at the Gator Invitational in Florida last weekend. The Beach dropped the first two sets against South Florida but came back to win 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 16-14. LBSU also lost to James Madison and No. 11 Florida, but did force a fifth set against the host Gators.
Sophomore outside hitter Kashauna Williams led the Beach in kills in all three matches and was named to the All-Tournament Team after recording a career-high 26 kills against Florida.
LBSU (2-5-0) lost its first two road games of the season without scoring a goal in Texas. The Beach was blanked by Ole Miss 3-0 and SMI 1-0 during the invitational. Both Ole Miss and SMU are receiving votes in the national rankings this week.
Senior Alyssa Allen led the LBSU women to an eighth place finish out of 19 teams at the UC Riverside Invitational. Allen finished 35th overall with a time of 21:35.22 in the 6K. The LBSU men finished 12th out of 26 teams.
LBSU was led by Holland Shourds at the Minnesota Invitational last weekend after the event was cut short due to inclement weather. Holland Shourds had a low round of even-par 72 for LBSU.