March 19, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - The 49ers won four matches in straight sets, taking care of business on Tuesday and defeating Nebraska 4-1 at the LBSU Sand Courts. With the win, Long Beach State improves to 5-0 on the season.
Once again, the 49ers won the first three matches of the day to seal the win early against the Huskers. Janisa Johnson and Tyler Jackson remained unbeaten at No. 5 with a 21-15, 21-9 win over Sheridan Zarda and Morgan Broekhuis, with Johnsin piling up 23 kills and five aces in the victory.
Also staying unbeated were Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely, who defeated Cecilia Hall and Kadie Rolfzen 21-17, 21-13. Neely was the top hitter for the 49ers in that match, making 18 kils with three errors and adding a pair of blocks.
In the third flight, Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla clinched a 49er victory with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Kelsey Fien and Alicia Ostrander. Fontanilla finished with 15 kills to lead Long Beach State, also making nine digs.
The final victory for Long Beach State came in the top flight in a close match between Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke for the 49ers and Alexa Strange and Kelsey Robinson of Nebraska. The 49ers took advantage of six first-set errors from the Huskers to win the first set, and got eight kills from Ledoux in the second set along with two aces in a 21-18, 21-18 win.
The only loss on the day for Long Beach State came at No. 2, where Bre Mackie and Chelsea Cabrajac won the first set 21-12, but lost the next two in a 12-21, 21-16, 16-14 loss to Amber Rolfzen and Hayley Thramer.
Next up for the 49ers is an important early season match with No. 1 Pepperdine, pitting the best two teams in the nation and last year's national finalists against each other for the first time in 2013. The 49ers will host the Waves at the LBSU Sand Courts at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
The sand volleyball courts are found on campus, located directly behind the baseball diamond past the Walter Pyramid. Fans can park in Lot 13 and make the short walk to the courts. Admission is free.
No. 2 Long Beach State 4, Nebraska 1
1) Caitlin Ledoux/Tara Roenicke (LBSU) def. Alexa Strange/Kelsey Robinson (NEB) 21-18, 21-18
2) Amber Rolfzen/Hayley Thramer (NEB) def. Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie (LBSU) 12-21, 21-16, 16-14
3) Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Libby Fontanilla (LBSU) def. Alicia Ostrander/Kelsey Fien (NEB) 21-13, 21-14
4) Lauren Minkel/Jocelyn Neely (LBSU) def. Cecilia Hall/Kadie Rolfzen (NEB) 21-17, 21-13
5) Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson (LBSU) def. Morgan Broekhuis/Sheridan Zarda (NEB) 21-15, 21-9
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