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Sand Volleyball Remains Unbeaten With Two Wins Wednesday

Lauren Minkel had two wins, making 27 kills on the day.

March 13, 2013

Long Beach, Calif. - The No. 2 Long Beach State Sand Volleyball team hosted two more home matches on Wednesday, defeating No. 8 Florida International 3-2 before topping Loyola Marymount 5-0 in back-to-back dual matches.

The 49ers began the day with two resounding wins over the Panthers of Florida International. Playing at No. 5, Janisa Johnson and Tyler Jackson defeated Rosado and Podschweit of FIU 21-11, 21-12, splitting the offense as Johnson made 13 kills and Jackson finished with 15 in the first win of the day. Jocelyn Neely and Lauren Minkel then spotted the 49ers a 2-0 lead with a 21-7, 21-17 victory over Gehrke/Toghyani. Neely finished with 18 kills in the match to lead the way for the 49ers.

Long Beach State finished off the Panthers with a 21-17, 21-4 rout of Citron/Coukoulis at No. 3 by Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla. The pair made 10 aces in total, while Aigner-Swesey finished with 13 kills as the 49ers sealed the victory. Florida International won two close matches in the final two pairs. Samoday and Mendoza defeated Bre Mackie and Chelsea Cabrajac at No. 2 21-17, 21-19 behind 13 kills from Samoday.

At No. 1, the 49ers continued to play without All-American Tara Roenicke, but the 49ers still nearly won against another pair with a 2012 All-American, in FIU's Kate Stepanova. Alex Reid finished with seven kills in the first set as the 49ers won 21-16, but FIU answered with a 21-13 win in set two. In the deciding set, Reid again finished with big kill numbers, making seven kills, but Stepanova/Sukhareva prevailed 16-21, 21-13, 18-16.



In the second match of the day, the 49ers didn't drop a set in a quick win over the Lions. Jackson made six aces while Johnson finished with 18 kills in a 21-8, 21-6 win over Mirabello/Tedrow, and Minkel led the fours with 15 kills in a 21-8, 21-4 win over Maxfeldt and Scoscia.

Fontanilla and Aigner-Swesey again clinched the match 21-15, 21-16 behind a huge match from Fontanilla, who finished with 15 kills and five errors as the Lions served her consistently. Mackie and Cabrajac got their first win of the day 21-12, 21-12 behind eight blocks by Mackie, and Reid carried the No. 1 LBSU pair to a 21-8, 21-13 win with seven kills in each set, finishing with 30 kills over the two matches on the day.

The 49ers will face their first road test this weekend, when they travel for a dual match at No. 3 USC at 11 a.m. at the Trojans new sand facility next to the campus.

No. 2 LBSU 3, No. 8 FIU 2
1) Stepanova-Sukhareva (FIU) def. Ledoux-Reid (LBSU), 16-21, 21-13, 18-16
2) Samoday-Mendoza (FIU) def. Mackie-Cabrajac (LBSU), 21-17, 21-19
3) Aigner-Swesey-Fontanilla (LBSU) def. Citron-Coukoulis (FIU), 21-17, 21-4
4) Minkel-Neely (LBSU) def. Gehrke-Toghyani (FIU) 21-7, 21-17
5) Johnson-Jackson (LBSU) def. Rosado-Podschweit (FIU), 21-11, 21-12

No 2 LBSU 5, LMU 0
1) Ledoux-Reid (LBSU) def. Arriola-Crouse (LMU), 21-8, 21-13
2) Mackie-Cabrajac (LBSU) def. Taylor-Suaava (LMU), 21-12, 21-12
3) Aigner-Swesey-Fontanilla (LBSU) def. Kiel-Busch (LMU), 21-15, 21-16
4) Minkel-Neely (LBSU) def. Maxfeldt-Scoscia (LMU), 21-8, 21-4
5) Johnson-Jackson (LBSU) def. Mirabello-Tedrow (LMU), 21-8, 21-6

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