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College Notebook: Long Beach State Men’s Volleyball Back To Winning Ways

No. 5 Long Beach State men’s volleyball got back to winning ways and picked up a pair of four-set victories at the Ohio State Tournament last weekend. The Beach (7-1) opened the road trip with a 24-26, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19 win over No. 9 Penn State, and then finished the week by taking down host No. 15 Ohio State 25-21, 25-20, 28-30, 25-22.

LBSU posted its highest attack percentage of the season (.392) in the win over the Buckeyes. Junior setter Carlos Rivera dished out 83 assists in the two games, while four players reached double-figure kills. Junior Ethan Siegfried (pictured) finished the weekend with a team-high 26 kills. He also had 10 digs, five blocks, three assists and two aces.

LBCC Football

The Vikings held an on-campus ceremony last week for sophomore wide receiver Zion Bowens, sophomore linebacker D’Anthony Jones, freshman wide receiver Tariq Culpepper, sophomore wide receiver Jabari Minix and freshman offensive lineman Teeshaun Turpin to all sign National Letters of Intent.

Bowens, a Long Beach Poly High alum, signed his NLI with the University of Hawaii after he made the All-State and All-Conference First-Team last season. He averaged 67.5 receiving yards per game and scored eight touchdowns.

Jones signed with the University of Houston after being named conference Defensive Player of the Year with 62 tackles, 10.5 sacks and four interceptions. He was also named to the California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) All-America First-Team and the Region III All-California team.

Turpin will attend University of North Texas, Culpepper signed with Arizona Christian University, and Minix is going to the Ottawa University Arizona.

LBCC Women’s Basketball

An eight-game winning streak has the Vikings (16-8, 6-0) leading the South Coast Conference. LBCC rolled over El Camino and L.A. Southwest on the road last week while sophomore guard Donavion Huskey continues to lead the way with 23.6 points per game.

LBCC Baseball

The Vikings (7-2) swept Irvine Valley College in three games over five days last week, including a 13-10 extra innings comeback victory on the road Saturday. LBCC scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, and then scored three runs in the 12th inning to clinch the sweep.

Sophomore center fielder, and Lakewood High alum, Carter White was the only Viking with three hits. Catcher Diego Altamirano drove in three runs and scored three times on two hits and two walks.

LBCC Men’s Basketball

Two road losses last week at El Camino and L.A. Southwest have knocked the Vikings (16-8, 3-3) out of first place in the South Coast Conference. There are four games left in the regular season, and LBCC is still without star sophomore Jace Bass due to injury.

LBSU Women’s Basketball

The Beach (10-12, 5-4) suffered a disappointing 61-41 loss at Cal Poly last week. Sophomore Jasmine Hardy scored a team-high 15 points for LBSU. The Beach is in third place in the Big West and two games behind first-place UC Davis.

LBSU Men’s Basketball

Last week, LBSU (7-17, 2-6) officially took over last place in the Big West after a 92-75 loss at seventh-place Cal Poly. Sophomore transfers Chance Hunter and Michael Carter III both scored a team-high 15 points for the Beach.

LBCC Softball

The Vikings (1-3) won its season opener at El Camino 8-1, but has lost three games this month. Sophomore Jade Wittman leads LBCC with nine hits, five RBIs and two triples.

LBSU Women’s Water Polo

The Beach (6-2) split its four games at the Triton Invite in San Diego last weekend thanks to wins over Loyola Marymount and Indiana. LBSU finished seventh place in the UC San Diego tournament, while junior Elena Kotanchyan and freshman Anne de Kleer combined to score 17 goals for the weekend.

LBCC Men’s Volleyball

The Vikings (3-1) picked up a 25-10, 22-25, 25-16, 25-14 win at Golden West in the heart of an early-season road trip. Freshmen Arsene Ponsin and Erik Hernandez combined for 27 of LBCC’s 44 kills in the match.

LBSU Women’s Tennis

Last Saturday, the Beach (2-1, 1-0) picked up a historic win over visiting San Diego State 4-1. LBSU has beaten SDSU at least once in each of the last 15 seasons. Junior Lalita Devarakonda improved to 3-0 in the dual season with a straight-set singles win.

LBSU Indoor Track & Field

Senior Jason Smith set the meet records in both the long jump (25’ 4.75”) and high jump (7’ 1.75”) at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado last weekend. Senior Charlie Vernoy brought home event wins in the shot put (51’ 2.25”) and weight throw.

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.