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LBSU's Pekich Named Elite 90 Award Winner for Beach Volleyball


*Kobi Pekich is the second-straight Big West beach volleyball student-athlete to be presented with the NCAA Elite 90 Award.  Hawaii's Katie Spieler earned the honor in 2016.

Courtesy Long Beach State Athletics

Senior Kobi Pekich was presented with the NCAA Elite 90 Award for Beach Volleyball at Thursday night’s NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship banquet, honoring the participating student-athlete with the highest GPA.

Pekich, a senior majoring in Liberal Studies with a teacher education emphasis, has a cumulative 4.00 GPA over her collegiate career. A transfer from Irvine Valley College, Pekich is a two-time first-team All-Big West selection in beach volleyball as well in her second season at Long Beach State.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90.