No. 1 Long Beach State Sweeps Mount Olive in Record-Setting Win
The Beach improved to 17-0 on the year, marking the best start to the season in program history
LONG BEACH -- The top-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team earned a 3-0 [25-18, 25-16, 25-14] victory over Mount Olive on Wednesday night in a total team effort. With the win, the Beach improve to 17-0 on the year which marks the best start to the season in program history.
Long Beach State rolled past Mount Olive (10-6) hitting .391 to the Trojans' .078. The Beach dominated in all facets of the match as they held the advantage in kills (36-23), assists (35-21), aces (9-1), digs (28-21), and total team blocks (7.5-3.0).
The Beach utilized 13 different players in the match and were led by junior outside hitter TJ DeFalco who finished the match with 12 kills, three digs, three service aces, one block and a .611 hitting percentage (12-1-18). Also contributing offensively were juniors Louis Richard and Kyle Ensing who each tallied seven kills in the contest. Richard's seven kills marked a new career-high for the product out of Los Angeles, Calif.
The offense was paced by junior setter Josh Tuaniga who dished out 23 assists over two sets of action. He split setter duties with freshman Carlos Rivera who finished the match with nine assists, to tie his career-best.
Defensively, Long Beach State got another excellent performance from freshman middle blocker Simon Anderson who led the team with five block assists. Meanwhile, senior libero Matt Butler registered a season-high six digs from the backrow.
Long Beach State opened the first set knocking down four straight points, but Mount Olive bounded back and evened the score at 8-8 before taking an 11-9 lead. The two teams battled each other for a few points before the Beach found their stride and went on a 7-0 run to jump out in front 21-14. With a comfortable lead, LBSU went on to take the first set 25-18.
The second set was close early on as the Beach and Trojans exchanged leads three times before Long Beach State took control of the set. The Beach used several small runs to open up a seven-point lead (21-14) as they cruised to a 25-16 victory.
Long Beach State went into the third set with a 2-0 set lead and quickly jumped out in front 6-2. Freshman outside hitter Ryan Poole who made his collegiate debut in the second set, recorded his first-career kill in the third to put the Beach up 16-11.
If that weren't enough, Poole had the opportunity to play against his older brother, Robert Poole, a senior opposite on Mount Olive. With the Poole brothers both on the court, Ryan finished the match with three kills and one block assist, while hitting .500 (3-1-4).
With a convincing 22-14 lead, freshman outside hitter Ethan Siegfried came in and put the match away as he knocked down back-to-back service aces to give Long Beach State a 25-14 victory.
Mount Olive was led by Robert Poole who posted eight kills, while Jeff Yasalonis registered 20 assists, and Josh Donahue recorded eight digs.
Long Beach State will resume Big West Conference action on Thursday, March 15 when it hosts No. 14 UC Santa Barbara. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
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