With the coronavirus pandemic canceling sporting events worldwide, Long Beach State long jumper Jason Smith has been hopping through every hoop needed to stay positive moving forward.
Although the Beach’s unconventional end to the season was not on their own terms, the program remains motivated to make a strong return.
As the lowest-seeded team in the bracket, the Beach will look to pull off a historic upset Thursday to keep its season alive.
Long Beach State entered the match as the fifth seed, but lost to eighth-seeded Cal Poly behind a combined 50-point performance between Cal Poly’s stars.
Long Beach State snapped its two-game losing skid with a win over the Aztecs in its home-opener.
Down by one with 2:56 left, the Beach fell behind on a 8-3 Titan run as the final regular-season buzzer sounded.
The Beach played a close game up until the final frame, led by sophomore Justina King’s 11-point fourth quarter for a win on senior night.
The Beach found their rhythm after slow starts in each set, winning 3-0 against the Lions Friday at the Walter Pyramid.
After leading early, the Beach found themselves on the wrong side of their extra-inning home-opener.
The Beach dominated in a Big West conference matchup Friday, winning 6-1 against the Titans at Rhodes Tennis Center.