No. 2 Long Beach State Sweeps No. 11 Lewis On the Road
Ensing knocks down a season-high 15 kills, Amado posts a career-best seven blocks in win
— LBSU Mens Volleyball (@LBSU_MVB) January 13, 2018
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 2 Long Beach State men’s volleyball received several solid performances Friday night as the Beach earned a 3-0 [27-25, 25-18 25-19] victory over Lewis in Romeoville, Ill. The Beach hit .386 as a team and held the Flyers to a .160 attack percentage.
Junior opposite Kyle Ensing led the offense with a season-high 15 kill-effort, while junior setter Josh Tuaniga dished out 32 assists. Senior middle blocker Nick Amado put up a career-high seven blocks at the net to help the Beach to 13.0 total team blocks, the most they’ve recorded as a team.
Tuaniga, along with senior outside hitter Bjarne Huus, also contributed at the net as the duo posted five blocks each. Tuaniga logged the Beach’s only solo block to go along with four block assists, while Huus recorded five block assists on the night to tie his career-high.
Freshman middle blocker Simon Anderson continued to show what he can do as he recorded eight kills on as many attempts without committing an error for a perfect 1.000 attack percentage. If that weren’t enough, Anderson boasted three service aces and four blocks on the night.
The two teams played each other hard in the first set as the Beach and Flyers battled through nine ties and five lead changes. Long Beach State led Lewis 7-4 forcing a timeout by the Flyers, then extended its lead to 15-9 as Lewis utilized its final timeout. However, the Flyers would not go away as they chipped away at the Beach’s lead and eventually evened the score at 21-21 forcing an LBSU timeout. From there, the Beach and Flyers were neck and neck, exchanging points until they found themselves deadlocked at 25-25. At that point, Ensing gave Long Beach State the lead for good with a kill followed by a Lewis attack error as the Beach claimed game one, 27-25.
After having fought hard for the first set, Long Beach State held Lewis at bay during the second frame. The Beach defense forced the Flyers into six attack errors and a .000 (6-6-19) attack percentage, while LBSU hit .250 (10-5-20) in the set.
Following three early ties, Long Beach State tallied three straight points and never looked back. Once ahead 8-5, the Beach held the led for the remainder of the set and cruised to a 25-18 victory.
With a 2-0 set lead, Long Beach State hit .462 (13-1-26) in the third set and, following six early ties, jumped out in front with an Anderson kill which sparked three straight points for the Beach. LBSU held a comfortable lead from there went on to win 25-19, completing the sweep.
Long Beach State returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m., when it takes on No. 7 Loyola Chicago at the Gentile Arena. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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