Long Beach State men’s volleyball advances to NCAA final

The Long Beach State men’s volleyball team dug deep and came out with an exciting four-set win in the NCAA Final Four over Pepperdine, pulling away emphatically in a 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-15 decision.

Long Beach State (27-2) advances to the NCAA championship match for the second year in a row and will face Hawaii Saturday at 5 p.m. in a meeting of the two top teams in the nation. The two teams have met three times this year, with all three going five sets before historic crowds.

“We’re excited to get the opportunity to play for the national championship here in Long Beach against a really good team in Hawaii,” said Long Beach State coach Alan Knipe.

The match is sold out, but the university will host a watch party on the lawn behind the Pyramid.

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