Kyle Ensing Records 1,000th Career Kill in Hard-Fought Setback at No. 6 Hawai'i
Ensing becomes just the 22nd player in LBSU men's volleyball program history to reach that feat
April 15, 2018
HONOLULU -- The top-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team pushed No. 6 Hawaii to the brink and came up just short in a heartbreaking 3-2 [21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 11-15] loss on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center to close out the regular season.
With the loss, the Beach move to 24-1 overall and 9-1 in Big West Conference action. Meanwhile, the Rainbow Warriors improve to 18-7 on the year and 6-4 in league competition to secure a No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament.
The bright spot in the night for LBSU came in the fourth set when junior opposite Kyle Ensing registered his 13th kill of the match to reach 1,000 kills in his career. Ensing becomes just the 22nd player in Long Beach State Men's Volleyball to accomplish that feat.
Ensing finished the night as the team's second-leading scorer with 14 kills. He came in behind teammate TJ DeFalco who led all scorers with a season-high 25 kills on a .396 attack percentage. DeFalco also contributed 10 digs for his fourth double-double of the season and 14th of his career.
Pacing the Long Beach State offensive was junior setter Josh Tuaniga who finished the match with 52 assists, while adding eight digs, two blocks, and a service ace.
On the night, Long Beach State posted an attack percentage of .311, while Hawaii hit .328 marking the first time this season the Beach have been out-hit.
Hawaii used the first set to take a 1-0 lead over Long Beach. The Rainbow Warriors took the lead early and following a 2-2 tie, held it throughout as they edged out the Beach, 25-21.
Long Beach State was quick to counter winning the second set, 25-22. The Beach used a 6-0 scoring run highlighted by an Ensign service ace as they broke the game open before winning the set by three and evening the match at 1-1.
The Beach posted their highest hitting percentage of the match in the third set, hitting .464 (16-3-38). LBSU and Hawaii fought through 10 ties and four lead changes in the contest before Long Beach State earned a 25-23 victory to take a 2-1 set lead in the match.
The `Bows controlled the fourth set as they held the Beach to just a .138 attack percentage in the frame. Hawaii held a four-point lead (15-11) at the media timeout that they would not give up. Despite LBSU's efforts, Hawaii came away with a 25-20 win.
For the second time in as many days, Long Beach State and Hawaii found themselves deadlocked and heading into a fifth set. However, this time around, the `Bows earned the win by a score of 15-11 handing Long Beach State its first loss of the season.
Hawaii had two scorers in double-figures as Rado Parapunoov (19 kills) and Stijin van Tilberg (17 kills) who each contributed on both sides of the ball.. Setter Joe Worsley led the way with 51 assists, while Larry Tuileta (15 digs) and Patirck Gasman (7 blocks) led the Beach on defense.
The Beach have secured a bye in the Big West Conference Tournament next week and will play on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
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