Cal State Fullerton’s women’s volleyball program has dropped 45 matches in a row to its Long Beach State counterpart. And, if the Friday night match in the Walter Pyramid is a viable indicator, that streak is more likely to hit 145 before it is to be broken when the Titans play host to the 49ers in Fullerton on Nov. 12. Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s team opened the match with five consecutive points to coax the first of what was to prove a maximum six timeouts out of his counterpart from the Titans, Carolyn Zimmerman. And Long Beach was in front, 10-2, before the visitors were able to score back-to-back points. Fullerton (11-8 and 3-3) led only twice, at 1-0 and 2-0 in the final game, and its deepest deadlock came at 4 in Game 3. Yes, it was as one-sided as the score would indicate. Alexis Crimes, Mariko Crum, Robin Miramontes and Ali Daley combined for 43 of the 49ers’ 55 kills, with the first three bagging 11 apiece. Long Beach, playing its first match on its home floor in three weeks, cruised to its fourth Big West conference victory in a row Friday, sweeping the Titans in something less than 90 minutes, 30-15, 30-16 and 30-17, in front of a season-high gathering of 1,925 that included some noisy and appreciative Girl Scout Troops. The 49ers, 14-4 overall and 4-1 in conference, return to the same floor tonight for a 7 p.m. conference match with the UC Riverside Highlanders. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Long Beach played as well defensively as it has all season, holding the Titans to a .035 attack percentage. “This felt like /\x27/Long Beach State volleyball’ for the first time this year,” Gimmillaro said afterward, before quickly amending it to “for the first time in a couple of years. “We executed at a level that we had been accustomed to (in previous seasons). It was a great crowd. And we’re getting better.” Miramontes, a junior starting her first match of the season and playing outside hitter with Rosie Lewis sidelined with a sore knee, turned in her most impressive performance of the season, coming up just one short of her career high with 14 digs. The team’s starting opposite a year ago, the fourth-year junior is making the most of her recent extended playing time. “I figured that if I earned it in practice, I’d get my chance,” she said, smiling. “I think this was the only time I’ve played outside (hitter) in my life.” She doesn’t expect any letdown tonight, from herself or her teammates. “We’re great about approaching things one game at a time,” she said. “If anything, (tonight’s match) should be even harder.” — Frank Burlison can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I’m so happy she’s back. It was so sad when she was gone,” said senior Lita Hernandez, who has known Danielle since seventh grade. “She had no right to leave. She’s not a dangerous person.” Zolozabal caught up Brinkman on the music they’ve been singing in choir. “I missed her a lot,” said Zolozabal, who has shared choir classes with Brinkman for six years. “It was really odd. I felt alone.” Looking back, Superintendent Maria Ott said she’s not sure whether she would make the same decision again, but the seriousness of the offense –possession of a knife — required reassigning Brinkman to another school. Following state education code, possession of a dangerous object is grounds for expulsion, according to Ott. The county board members voted 4-3 to overturn the district’s decision, but Ott said the split decision is not a compelling reason for the district to change its policy or procedures regarding student discipline. Board member Albert Chang said he disagrees with the county’s decision. Student discipline depends on the seriousness of the offense, not academic record, he said. “I still think the district did the right thing by expelling a student. I support our decision,” he said. “If you look at who the county board members are, they aren’t elected. They’re political appointees … (They don’t) necessarily stand for what our district stands for. Our district stands for safety for our students.” Board member Judy Nieh said the district always looks for ways to improve, and this case brings an opportunity to let students know that if they accidentally bring something dangerous to school they have the option of telling an administrator or a teacher. Esther Chou can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week When school started in the fall, she enrolled at Nogales High School, another comprehensive high school in the district, with the expectation that she could return to Rowland at the start of the second semester in late January. Her parents, Keith and Anita Brinkman, said it was an accident and Danielle — who has a good academic and discipline record — didn’t deserve the severe punishment. Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Education overturned the school district’s expulsion decision, allowing Brinkman to return to Rowland High School sooner. For the Brinkmans, who have appeared on television news and the radio, Danielle’s return to Rowland High School was the happy ending they had hoped for. “This is where I’ve been. This is where I’m supposed to go,” Danielle said. “I’m happy it’s over. I can go back to school, get on with my life.” Keith and Anita Brinkman were elated, snapping photos commemorating their daughter’s first day back. ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Although classes started several weeks ago, Monday was the first day of school for Rowland High School senior Danielle Brinkman. Brinkman greeted her friends before her first class of the day. “I woke up late today,” she told Kim Zolozabal, a friend from the school choir. “I got up at 5.” Brinkman, 17, was expelled for bringing a folding pocket knife to school in June. She uses the knife at her job at Albertson’s supermarket and accidentally brought it to school after leaving it in the pocket of her pants.