Hawai'i, Long Beach State Boast All-American Honorees
Long Beach State's No. 1 pair in Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto and Hawaii's top flight tandem in Mikayla Tucker and Morgan Martin earned All-American honors as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Barber and Nieto recorded a 25-11 overall mark in their junior campaigns to help lead the Beach to its first NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship. The duo played every match at the No. 1 spot as LBSU finished the 2017 season with a No. 7 national ranking.
Big West Pairs Team of the Year in Tucker and Martin helped the SandBows to its best-ever season in program history after advancing to the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament. The pair went 20-15 overall after playing at the top flight in all 36 matches. After recording key wins over ranked opponents including Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Florida and Arizona, the pair helped UH claim its second-consecutive Big West title. UH finished the season with a No. 3 national ranking.
These are the second and third All-American pairs honored by the AVCA in Big West history.