Daily 49er

LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

Hailey Harward headlines as a First Team select.

Long+Beach+State+sophomore+libero+Hailey+Harward+celebrates+a+point+in+Nov.+18+match+against+Cal+State+Northridge+at+the+Walter+Pyramid.+
Long Beach State sophomore libero Hailey Harward celebrates a point in Nov. 18 match against Cal State Northridge at the Walter Pyramid.

Long Beach State sophomore libero Hailey Harward celebrates a point in Nov. 18 match against Cal State Northridge at the Walter Pyramid.

Joseph Kling

Joseph Kling

Long Beach State sophomore libero Hailey Harward celebrates a point in Nov. 18 match against Cal State Northridge at the Walter Pyramid.

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Share On...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on RedditPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

A disappointing season ended with a consolation prize of four members of the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team (10-19) being recognized in the Big West Women’s All-Conference Team.

Sophomore libero Hailey Harward received the top honor of First Team All-Big West Conference, while junior outside hitter Megan Kruidhof and sophomore middle blocker YiZhi Xue were awarded honorable mentions. Freshman middle blocker Radi Marinova would also be the only member on the team to receive First Team All-Freshman.

“When I found out I was so honored,” Harward said.  “I didn’t expect to make anything since I split time at two positions.”

Harward played libero for half of the season until injuries plagued the outside hitter position. For the rest of the year she took on the role of go-to hitter, producing big numbers for the team. Harward ended the season with 120 kills, while adding 394 digs and 24 blocks. Even with the second half of the season being solely focused on hitting, Harward would rank fifth in the conference in total digs.

Kruidhof played a big role at the beginning of the season, taking on the starting outside hitter position. It was a new place for her, but she took it on with no hesitation.

“It means a lot to get recognized now that I am stepping into a much different role than before,” Kruidhof said. “It shows the hard work I put in, on and off the court.”

She ended the year with 343 kills, 136 digs and 50 blocks. Kruidhof did it all for the 49ers this season, but she understood that she had to continue to improve.

“This just pushes me further to next year to receive mentions on the second or even first team,” Kruidhof said.

Xue had a strong second campaign with an impressive 1.02 blocks per set, ranking her third in the conference. She also added 199 kills.

Marinova started a majority of games this season and was highly effective, contributing 105 kills and 42 blocks. Marinova may compete for the starting spot next season, and has earned some well deserved playing time.

All four players will be returning next season to compete for the Big West Conference title and make a run at the NCAA championship.

Share On...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on RedditPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Baseball

    A calling greater than the game

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Sports

    LBSU struggles in Big West Conference home opener against UC Santa Barbara

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Men's Basketball

    LBSU knocks out CSUF from the top spot in the Big West

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Men's Basketball

    LBSU impresses in conference opener

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Men's Basketball

    LBSU close out non-conference schedule on high note

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Sports

    No. 7 Tennessee too much for LBSU

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Men's Basketball

    LBSU can’t hold on at home against Eastern Michigan

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Baseball

    Dirtbags’ stadium to be renamed in honor of long time benefactor Marilyn Bohl

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Men's Basketball

    Five takeaways from 49ers’ 78-71 victory against Pepperdine

  • LBSU claims four spots in the All-Big West Selections

    Men's Basketball

    LBSU cruises past Pepperdine