Long Beach State cannot find a way to hang on

Despite an underwhelming season, fans of the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team showed up in full force to the annual matchup against Hawai’i. The rivalry game brought out some competition that has been missing from the home team. LBSU (5-15, 2-5 Big West) finished the fourth week of conference play with a loss to long-time rival Hawai’i (12-6, 6-1 Big West). In the series’ storied history, this was the first time since 1985 that former head coach Brian Gimmillaro and former Hawai’i head coach Dave Shoji were not facing each other. The Walter Pyramid was packed with various members of different LBSU athletic teams, season ticket holders and fans from both sides. The game had a feel to it like no other, almost as if the whole season hadn’t mattered up until now. For starters, LBSU head coach Joy Mckienzie-Fuerbringer made an adjustment in the lineup by positioning junior libero Hailey Harward as an outside hitter, and placing senior defensive specialist Rachel Nieto in the libero position. “I’ve hit for my entire life so I felt very comfortable playing outside,” Harward said. “It felt good to able to contribute a lot more than usual.” The contribution by Harward not

LBSU women’s soccer travels to UC Irvine for Big West Conference match

Fresh off winning the Big West Conference home opener against Hawai’i, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team will hit the road to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Anteater Stadium. Leading up to the game, head coach Mauricio Ingrassia noted the positive progression his team has shown throughout the season. “Our team is feeling good,” Ingrassia said. “They’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout the preseason, and now they’re putting them to use on the field.” The 49ers (7-3-1) and the Anteaters (7-3-3) met twice last season, resulting in a 0-0 double-overtime draw at George Allen Field. In the second meeting, LBSU won in a commanding 3-0 victory in the Big West Conference title game. This time around, both teams are bringing a three-game winning streak to Thursday night’s match, and positive starts in their respective Big West Conference campaigns. The 49ers won the aforementioned Big West Conference home opener against Hawai’i, 3-0, while the Anteaters have won two conference matches in a row — a 2-1 double overtime victory against Cal Poly and a 4-1 win against UC Santa Barbara. UCI has many offensive options at its disposal that can swing the momentum in favor

LBSU forward Tori Bolden scores two goals in Big West home opener

The Long Beach State women’s soccer team opened its Big West Conference play in strong fashion Sunday, beating Hawai’i 2-0. Senior forward Tori Bolden scored twice to lift the 49ers to victory at George Allen Field. LBSU (6-3-1) was looking to carry the momentum from its positive preseason into the game against Hawai’i (5-4-0). “Our goal is always to score two goals in a game and keep the other team from scoring,” LBSU head coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “We’re looking to knock the other team out.” In the early minutes of the match, however, it was the Rainbow Wahine who set the offensive tempo of the game and match and looked to convert on their opportunities. During this stretch, the Rainbow Wahine found their best chance to score in the game when a foul was committed inside the 49ers’ box, awarding them a penalty. However, LBSU breathed a sigh a relief as Hawai’i's midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto shot the ball high-right and missed the penalty shot. The game remained scoreless. After the penalty, the 49ers’ offense were able to take control of the game and looked poised to score. LBSU was the clear protagonist in the latter moments opening half and

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu interprets Hawaiian history through hula

Sorry Los Angeles Times, but, according to Hawaiian cultural standards, newspaper organizations are only successful once a song has been written about them. Dancers from the San Francisco-based Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu hula school performed at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach on Saturday. Performers wearing kukui nuts on their wrists and necks interpreted ancient Hawaiian stories through dance, blending traditional Hawaiian styling with contemporary genres. The women donned floral-patterned “pa’u” knee-length skirts and the men adorned a light-yellow “malo” loincloth. “Learning hula is synonymous with learning about the culture. They are not two distinct things,” Patrick Makuakane, the director and founder of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu dance school, said. “Learning hula is not only learning the dance, it’s learning the Hawaiian culture, society and how they live, the way they fell in love, their religion and their government.” Makuakane incorporated the tumultuous evolution of Hawaiian newspapers from 1834 to 1948 into Saturday’s show. “The newspapers loved having songs written about themselves,” Makuakane said. “They go on-and-on about how fabulous they are, how they honor truth and integrity and they usually talk smack about other newspapers; it makes for an interesting

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LBSU drops thriller, defeats Fullerton

  The Long Beach State women’s basketball team split a pair of weekend conference games with a 47-46 on Thursday loss to Hawaii and 69-62 win on Sunday at Cal State Fullerton. With 33 seconds left against Hawaii (20-7, 12-2), senior guard Hallie Meneses slashed into the paint for two of her 19 points, cutting the 49ers’ (20-7, 7-6) deficit to one. However, the 49ers’ decision to not foul on the ensuing Hawaii possession allowed the Rainbow Wahine to drain the clock. “To be honest, I thought [Hawaii] was rattled,” LBSU head coach Jody Wynn said. “In retrospect, I probably should have fouled and sent them to the line.” With two seconds left to play, Meneses only made it past half court before losing the handle on the ball as the clock expired. “I’m proud of our effort,” Wynn said. “It shows how much heart our team has. We all battled. We were undersized and playing five guards out there. Then [Anna Kim] goes down and we lose Anna for the whole second half. It’s tough, but I’m proud of their heart.” On offense, team-captain Meneses led the way with 50 percent shooting from the field and 60 percent from

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