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‘Niner Notes

Women’s soccer sweeps weekly accolades

For the second time this season, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team swept the Big West Conference’s player of the week awards Monday.

Shawna Gordon and Emily Kingsborough were named offensive and defensive player of the week, respectively. The tandem led the 49ers to a 1-0 victory over No. 21 Arizona State last Friday.

Gordon earned her first honor of the season after scoring the game-winner in the 34th minute.

Kingsborough picked up her second honor of the season after posting her third shutout this year.

LBSU (7-3-1) will open Big West play at home this weekend against Cal Poly (Friday, 3 p.m.) and UC Santa Barbara (Sunday, 1 p.m.).

Women’s volleyball jumps in rankings

After a pair of quick 3-0 victories, the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team moved up two spots to No. 21 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll on Monday.

The 49ers (11-3, 1-0 Big West Conference) took down Loyola Marymount on Friday before sweeping Cal State Fullerton in the conference opener Saturday.

Penn State, the defending national champion coming off an undefeated 2009 season, dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 after dropping its second match of the season. Stanford unanimously maintained the top spot and received all 60 first-place votes.

LBSU will travel for a pair of matches against UC Santa Barbara (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Cal Poly (Saturday, 7 p.m.).

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