The women’s volleyball team clinched its 12th Big West Conference Championship in November, earning Long Beach State its 25th consecutive entrance into the NCAA Volleyball Championship by beating University of the Pacific. The 49ers joined Penn State, Stanford, and Nebraska as the only programs with that distinction.
The 49ers fell to the University of San Diego in the first round, but the strength of their showing led to post-season honors.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association named Caitlin Ledoux and Haleigh Hampton to its Honorable Mention All-America team. Ledoux was selected as an All-American for the third time, while Hampton led the 49ers with 330 kills and ranked third in the nation in blocking.
Long Beach State is highly regarded in volleyball circles, led by American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame honoree Brian Gimmillaro, who led his 28th season in the fall, having guided the school to three of its five national championships.