49ers come up just short of upsetting No. 1 Pepperdine, falling 3-2
March 21, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - No. 2 Long Beach State won the first two matches of the day, and pushed No. 1 Pepperdine to the limit in the other three matches, but ultimately failed to hand the Waves their first loss in Sand Volleyball, losing 3-2 Tuesday in a rematch of the 2012 National Championship.
The 49ers started out the day quickly, as Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson won in straight sets over Victoria Adelhelm and Jazmine Orozco 21-13, 22-20, as both 49ers finished with 13 kills while Jackson added 12 digs in the victory.
The momentum continued to carry for Long Beach State, as the 49ers won the second match of the day as well in the fourth flight. Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely held on for an exciting 26-24 win in the first set, and after a 21-11 loss in set two, rallied for a 15-9 win in the third set behind seven third set digs from Minkel, who finished the match with 19 digs. Neely also added three third set aces to help capture the win.
At No. 3, Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever took the first set 21-18 over Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla, but seven kills by Fontanilla in the second set helped the 49ers rally in a 21-14 win. Larsen made three blocks in the third and decisive third set, a 15-10 win, taking the best chance for a LBSU upset with the victory.
The 49ers did have two other close calls. After dropping the first set 21-17 to Lara Dykstra and Caitlin Racich, Bre Mackie and Chelsea Cabrajac held the service edge late in a back-and-forth second set. The Waves ended up winning to take the win, however, in a 26-24 final that sealed the win for Pepperdine.
In the top flight, Tara Roenicke and Caitlin Ledoux lost a late lead in the first set to fall 22-20 to Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill, and the Waves carried that momentum into the second set, winning 21-8 in the fourth match to finish.
Pepperdine remains unbeaten at 5-0 while Long Beach State takes its first loss of the season, falling to 5-1. The 49ers have two more home matches next week, hosting No. 5 Hawaii and No. 4 USC at the LBSU Sand Courts on Tuesday and Thursday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
No. 1 Pepperdine 3, No. 2 Long Beach State