‘Niner Notes: Nov. 17

Women's Volleyball: Four sign to play with The BeachThe Long Beach State women's volleyball team announced the signing of four players as part of its 2010 recruiting class on Monday.Delainey Aigner-Swesey, Haleigh Hampton, Alma Serna and Ashley Vazquez will join the 49er roster next season.Aigner-Swesey, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, is currently attending Serrano High School, Beach sophomore Caitlin Ledoux's alma mater. Hampton, a 6-foot-7 middle blocker, and Serna, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter/middle blocker, are rated as Top 100 recruits by PrepVolleyball.com.Vazquez is a 6-foot-1 setter who has played on the Puerto Rico junior national team.Ledoux bags conference honorSophomore Caitlin Ledoux earned her first career Big West Conference Player of the Week recognition, the conference announced on Monday.Ledoux collected a career-high 33 kills in a 3-1 win over UC Riverside last Friday, and followed up that effort with 21 kills and 19 digs in a losing effort against Cal State Northridge on Saturday. She averaged 6.00 kills per set and 3.11 digs per set for the weekend.Men's Basketball: LBSU travels to PepperdineThe 49er men's basketball team will see its first road action of the season when it faces Pepperdine at 7 p.m. tonight at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.The Beach (1-0) will

By | 2009-11-17T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 17, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Men's Volleyball, Sports|

Sophomore duo calms the Waves in first road test

Box scoreMALIBU — In a nonconference affair featuring a pair of athletic guards, Larry Anderson's personal highlight reel was the momentum changer Tuesday night.Long Beach State's men's basketball team used a second-half charge to defeat the host Pepperdine Waves, 67-58, at Firestone Fieldhouse.Anderson scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, including a pair of game-changing dunks early in the period.LBSU (2-0) was in a funk for most of the first half — shooting just 8-of-23 from the field — and Anderson entered the break 0-for-3 as Pepperdine led 31-29 at the intermission.But then the 49er defense picked up.Anderson gave LBSU a 39-34 lead with 15:29 to play when he stepped in front of a pass at the top of the perimeter and took it in for a dunk. Thirty seconds later, he slammed home two more points on a fast break with Pepperdine's Corbin Moore trailing behind in an attempt to block the dunk."Momentum, it's as simple as that," said Anderson, who shot 9-of-12 from the free-throw line, converted 5-of-10 from the field, added five rebounds and handed out four assists. "We got the steals, we got the rebounds that [head coach Dan Monson] emphasized at

By | 2009-11-17T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 17, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|

RAMIREZ: LBSU-Pepperdine game not short on star power

The Long Beach State-Pepperdine men's basketball game has to be one of the most under-hyped matchups all season.Over the summer, I went to the Walter Pyramid to watch players play pick-up basketball, and I saw two of the most athletic guards in the Big West and West Coast conferences.There was LBSU sophomore guard Larry Anderson knifing his way to the basket, setting up teammates and knocking down 3-pointers. Right there with him was the Waves' 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Keion Bell throwing down between-the-legs dunks and reverse jams.I really couldn't believe how graceful these two players were. Bell is best known for being a high-flying guard after a YouTube video featuring him dunking over five people was shown on Yahoo! Sports and SportsCenter's Top 10 plays last month. "It was sort of a love-hate thing because we as players love to see ourselves gain recognition," Bell said. "However, I don't want people to think that I'm just an athlete, as if all I can do is dunk because I like to think of myself as a complete player." He did just that in Pepperdine's season opener, pulling down 10 rebounds while scoring a game-high 20 points before fouling out in a

By | 2009-11-16T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 16, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|

Balanced attack keys wire-to-wire win

For the 4,122 in attendance, as well as some of the players, the excitement was almost uncontainable on Saturday night.The Long Beach State men's basketball team never trailed in what turned into an 86-65 victory over Alaska-Anchorage in its season opener at the Walter Pyramid.The Beach (1-0) was able to score a win in its season-opening game for the first time in head coach Dan Monson's three-year tenure at LBSU."It's good to have the first one over with," Monson said. "We had to bring them down from Alaska, but we got one."Sophomore Larry Anderson led the scoring for the 49ers with a game-high 18 points and a game-high seven assists in 35 minutes. The 6-foot-5 guard was one of five starters to score in double-figures for The Beach on Homecoming night."I'm just trying to get my team involved," Anderson said. "Once I get them involved … then it's going to open up for me to get my shots."T.J. Robinson led The Beach with a game-high 11 rebounds, to go along with 15 points, en route to collecting his first double-double of the season. The sophomore had five double-doubles last season.The Seawolves, who officially counted the game as an exhibition, were

By | 2009-11-14T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 14, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|

49er men’s hoops signs three recruits

The Long Beach State men's basketball team sealed a large portion of its 2010 recruiting class on the first day of the early signing period, head coach Dan Monson announced Wednesday.LBSU was able to land three key high school recruits from three different states, including an ESPNU 100 player and a Long Beach Poly guard.The most notable player to sign with the 49ers is Jacob Thomas, a guard from Minnesota. Thomas, who ranks No. 89 on the ESPNU 100 list, averaged 22.7 points per game and 4.0 rebounds in his junior season. The 6-foot-4 Columbia Heights native scored in double figures in all 29 games he played in last year, including eight 30-point games."He is a kid who is an elite scorer and an elite shooter," Monson said in a press release. "Those [recruiting] rankings don't mean much, but still, you don't get a lot of kids in our league who are ranked that highly. He is ranked that high for a reason. He can score on anybody and he just has a knack for putting the ball in the basket."The Beach also signed Shelton Boykin, who averaged 10.2 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Jackrabbits

By | 2009-11-11T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 11, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|

LBSU men face heightened expectations

Anticipation has been surrounding the Long Beach State men's basketball team for months, but it is finally coming to a head as the 2009-10 season is just days away.After going 10-6 (second place) in Big West Conference play last season, the 49ers ended the year on a sour note with a 65-60 loss to Pacific in the conference tournament. This season LBSU is a favorite to win the conference title, but getting to that point could be a tough task as the 'Niners will have a target on their backs.LBSU was picked to finish first in the Big West media poll, and was the consensus pick by the coaches at media day, although there was no official coaches' poll this season.One reason for the acclaim is that LBSU will return a wealth of talent this year - eight returners and four starters - from a team that improved its record from 6-25 in 2007-08 to 15-15 just one season ago.Head coach Dan Monson, who is in his third year at LBSU, is not treating this season any differently despite the high expectations for his squad."I think every year is exciting as a coach," Monson said. "Every year brings different challenges,

By | 2009-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 8, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|

SEASON PREVIEW: Beach men to face higher expectations

Anticipation has been surrounding the Long Beach State men's basketball team for months, but it is finally coming to a head as the 2009-10 season is just days away.After going 10-6 (second place) in Big West Conference play last season, the 49ers ended the year on a sour note with a 65-60 loss to Pacific in the conference tournament. This season LBSU is a favorite to win the conference title, but getting to that point could be a tough task as the 'Niners will have a target on their backs.LBSU was picked to finish first in the Big West media poll, and was the consensus pick by the coaches at media day, although there was no official coaches' poll this season.One reason for the acclaim is that LBSU will return a wealth of talent this year — eight returners and four starters — from a team that improved its record from 6-25 in 2007-08 to 15-15 just one season ago.Head coach Dan Monson, who is in his third year at LBSU, is not treating this season any differently despite the high expectations for his squad."I think every year is exciting as a coach," Monson said. "Every year brings different challenges,

By | 2009-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 8, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|

Maniacs set up camp at the Pyramid

A gym filled with tents, decorated black and gold banners and students partaking in pre-game activities are scenes typically associated with the Dukes and North Carolinas of the basketball world.But the Long Beach State athletic program, along with the Monson Maniacs, are striving to recreate that big-time college basketball atmosphere at the Walter Pyramid.Monson Maniac Co-President Anthony Olton describes the Maniac experience as "unreal," adding, "What other outlet can you go to, where you can scream at the top of your lungs the most rude and obnoxious stuff and get away with it, and have your friends cheer you on."On Friday, Nov. 13, the athletic department will host a homecoming eve campout at the Pyramid. All Cal State Long Beach students are welcome to participate in the all-night rally leading up to the men's basketball homecoming game against Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.The campout will begin around 10:30 p.m. on Friday following the women's basketball game against Prairie View A&M. Students are encouraged to bring pillows, sleeping bags and tents in an effort to promote Beach pride."We are trying to create an atmosphere they are attracted to," LBSU Director of Marketing Dedan Brozino said. "Here at Long

By | 2009-11-04T00:00:00+00:00 Nov 4, 2009 | 12:00 am|Categories: Men's Basketball, Sports|
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