Senior Brad Hemmerling had seven kills and seven digs in a 3-0 win over Princeton on Tuesday.
Jan. 31, 2012
LONG BEACH - The No. 11 Long Beach State men's volleyball team toppled Princeton, 25-13, 25-9, 25-18, in non-conference action Tuesday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU improved its overall record to 4-4 and is now 2-0 at home, while Princeton dropped to 0-2 on its young season.
Senior Jim Baughman led a balanced 49er attack with eight kills and four service aces in two sets played. He also finished the night with a .636 (8-1-11) hitting percentage.
Senior Brad Hemmerling added seven kills and seven digs, while sophomores Taylor Crabb and Ian Satterfield had six kills each. Senior Ryan Meehan and sophomore Jeff Ornee also combined for eight kills and eight blocks.
In the first set, Long Beach State raced out to a 5-1 lead, forcing the Tigers to burn an early timeout. Princeton then scored the next two points, but the 49ers proceeded to go on a 6-1 run, capped by a Baughman ace, to pull ahead, 11-4. LBSU cruised the rest of the way as it led by at least five before ending the set with five unanswered points for the 25-13 victory.
Long Beach State registered a .438 attack percentage, while Princeton hit just .107. Hemmerling led the way with seven kills and no errors on nine attempts.
The 49ers carried their momentum into the second stanza, going up 4-0 on a double block by Meehan and Hemmerling. The Tigers would come within two before LBSU responded with an 8-2 run, which ended with a kill from Crabb, to open up a 14-4 lead. Long Beach State never looked back from there as a Baughman ace eventually gave it the 25-9 win.
The 49ers once again held a lopsided advantage in hitting percentage (.316 to -.174).
Princeton put up a fight in the third set until junior Colten Echave sparked a 6-0 spurt with three service aces to give Long Beach State a 19-11 lead. That run was all LBSU needed as it came away with the 25-18 victory.
Satterfield led the 49ers in the third set with six kills and one error on seven swings.
Will Siroky had a team-high six kills and hit .667 for Princeton.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid for its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home opener on Friday, Feb. 3, when it entertains No. 10 Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m.
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