Long Beach Leader And Tri County Bulletin E Edition Page 2

Page 2 Thursday, September 17, 2015 Tri-County Bulletin/Long Beach Leader CSULB Extends Win Streak to Six Games Long Beach State stretched its winning streak to six matches with a three-set win over Central Arkansas, winning 25-16, 25-21, 25-23 recently. Nele Barber picked up fourth double-double in a row, a 10 kill, 12 dig per- formance that capped off a 4-0 weekend for the Beach. Long Beach State (8-2) never trailed over the first two sets, a dominant showing early on the way to the win. The team hit .284 overall, led by Ashley Murray who had 12 kills on .526 hitting. The Beach got out to a quick start, winning the first three points of the match against Central Arkansas (2-8), and opening up an 8-3 lead on the way to a breezy win. Hitting .500 in the set, Long Beach State eventually opened a 10-point lead on a three-point push including an ace behind Mykah Wilson's serving, and the 49ers went on to win the set 25-16. The second set featured more of the same. A quick dump and an ace from Jenelle Hudson got the 49ers out to an early lead, and Long Beach State led 8-1 before Central Arkansas had its second side out. Four aces and .344 hitting in the set helped the Beach continue to control the set, and the Beach went on to win 25-21. Central Arkansas used the momentum from pulling within two points late in the second to force a much closer third set. Both teams, who had hit at a very efficient rate, struggled in the third set, with neither team hitting over .100 in a set that fea- tured 10 tie scores and seven lead changes. Tied at 8-8, Central Arkansas went on a four-point run to open what would match the largest lead of the match for the Sugar Bears at 12-8. Still leading at 15- 11, The Beach came out of a timeout with a greater focus, as Barber turned the tide with a side out, and along with an ace from Sarah Miller, the 49ers tied the match once more at 15-15. The Sugar Bears held onto the lead however, and were on top 20-18 before a final run put the 49ers in top once more at 21-20. The swings continued, as UCA took a 23-21 lead on a kill by Samantha Anderson, but a Barber kill once again stopped the momentum of Central Arkansas, and LBSU won the final three points of the match to take a 25-23 victory. Long Beach State will co- host another tournament next week, hosting three important matches in the Walter Pyramid. The Beach will play two ranked opponents in San Diego and UCLA on September 18 before returning to face Oregon State on Saturday, September 19. Women's Soccer On a hot and humid day in Los Angeles, No. 23 Long Beach State (4-2-2) and Pac-12 mem- ber USC went the distance, play- ing to a 0-0 double-overtime tie Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field. The game was expected to be a defensive battle as LBSU entered the match-up having allowed just three goals (0.40 GAA), while the Trojans had given up five (0.83 GAA). This was the 49ers' second- straight overtime game and fifth (1-2-2) in their first eight con- tests. The Beach defense looked strong, forcing USC into tough shots that were either from long distance or bad angles as the Trojans held only a slight 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. The two teams also had one corner kick each. Junior goalkeeper Ashton McKeown tied her season high with five saves en route to Long Beach State's fifth shutout of the season. LBSU has allowed only one goal over the last five games (501:40). Freshman Fatmata Kamara led the Beach offense with two shots, while junior Mimi Rangel, sophomore Ashley Gonzales and freshman Rocio Rodriguez added one attempt each. Kamara and Rangel both put one shot on frame. USC (3-3-1) led the way in first-half attempts, 6-to-2, but both teams finished with one shot on goal. The Beach also earned the only corner kick of the period at the 32:59 mark. Sophomore Jessica Vincent stepped up to serve it into the box and it appeared as if the 49ers took the lead as they were able to get the ball through to the back of the net, but they were whistled for a foul on the play. Kamara closed out the half with both of Long Beach State's shots as her attempt in the 38th minute was blocked and her strike in the 40th minute was stopped by USC keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme. The defensive showdown continued in the second half and both overtimes with the game ultimately ending in a scoreless draw. Rangel had LBSU's best look after the break as her shot was saved in the 62nd minute. Gonzales' late attempt also went wide at the 87:24 mark, while Rodriguez took the 49ers' only shot in the extra periods (93'). Long Beach State will stay on the road during the upcoming week as it makes its only regu- lar-season out-of-state road trip. The Beach is set to face Cincinnati on Thursday, September 17, before making its way to No. 24 DePaul in Chicago on Sunday, September 20. UC Irvine men's basketball alum Darren Fells had quite a day in the 2015 NFL season opener for the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Fells, in his second season as a tight end for the Cardinals, had four receptions for 82 yards in Arizona's 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 82 receiving yards were the most by a Cardinals' tight end in a game since November 1989, according to azcardinals.com. Fells had a 48-yard reception and run in the second quarter to set up the Cardinals' second touchdown of the game. With 9:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, Fells hauled in a 17-yard scoring pass from Carson Palmer to put Arizona up 24-16. This was Fells'second career touchdown reception for the Cardinals. He caught a one- yard scoring pass in the second quarter of Arizona's 27-16 loss at Carolina in an NFC Wild Card game last season. Fells, a member of the Anteater basketball program from 2004-08, ranks No. 4 in UCI history with 780 rebounds, is 13th in career scoring with 1,252 points and is tied for ninth in career steals with 103. He is one of just six players in the 50- year history of the Anteater pro- gram to record at least 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in a career. Fells led the Big West Conference in field-goal per- centage (.569) and offensive rebounds at 2.78 per game as a senior in 2007- 08. He was third in the league in r e b o u n d i n g (7.2), fourth in steals (1.59) and ninth in scoring (14.4). He was named to the All-Big West second team and was selected to the All-Big West To u r n a m e n t team after aver- aging 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in UCI's four games. During his four seasons at UCI, he played in 123 games with 103 starts. Following his Anteater career, Fells played five sea- sons of professional basketball in Belgium, Finland and Argentina. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks as a rookie free agent in March 2013. He was waived later that year and re-signed with the Seahawks 12 days later. He was released by Seattle in August 2013, and was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in October 2013. Fells signed a futures contract with the Cardinals in January 2014. Fells was an All-State tight end at Fullerton High School prior to joining the UCI basket- ball program. His older brother, Daniel, is an eight-year veteran of the NFL and is currently with the New York Giants. Women's Soccer Women's soccer kept up with Washington Sunday afternoon in Merlo Field, but fell short of the net losing 2-0 to the Huskies to finish the Nike Portland Invitational. UW (6-1-0) got on the board in the fifth minute following a brilliant through ball by Rachel Wheeler to Shannon Simon whose finish slipped through Fullerton Having Rough Road Trip Cal State Fullerton suffered its sixth loss by way of sweep this season, falling to Sacramento State 3-0 (20-25, 18-25, 16-25) in the Bulldog Showdown Saturday night. The Titans (0-9) failed to win a set during the weekend against Sacramento State (10-1), getting outhit .246 to .181. Freshman Kyra Hill led the Titans with seven kills and Mackenzie Olsen dished out 24 assists. Sophomore Katie Roux recorded a season-high 18 digs to lead the team while Paige Reed added 16. For Sacramento State, Sloan Lovett led the way with 12 kills and Madeline Cannon added 10. Kennedy Kurtz had 28 assists while Lexie Skalbeck had 15 digs. The first set was the closest of the match between the two teams as it featured 10 ties and five lead changes. The teams went back and forth until the score was tied, 17-17. The Hornets ran off four straight points to take the lead and would Ashley Murray Fatmata Kamara Darren Fells Marc Morial Humanitarian Tori Turner Community Choice Youth Award Winner Jeff Johnson Trailblazer Caroyln Hunter Owner-Operator Marvin Sapp Living Legend Aaron Johnson Community Choice Youth Award Winner Ava Duvernay Arts & Entertainment (not shown) 2015 McDonald's For McDonald's 365Black Award recipients, being selfless is the reward. Please join us as we applaud their tireless dedication to being deeply rooted in the community and inspiring others to keep giving back the lovin' to the places they call home. To find out more, visit 365Black.com . The biggest rewards happen off stage. (Cont. on Page 6) Former UCI Basketball Standout Has Big NFL Opening Day

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