March 26, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State improved to 6-1 on the season, defeating No. 5 Hawai'i 4-1 on Tuesday in a match with postseason implications. The 49ers won the first two matches of the day, and then took a pair of three-set matches at No. 1 and No. 2 to clinch the victory.
The depth of the 49er team was once again showcased, as both the No. 4 and No. 5 teams won again on Tuesday, each improving to 7-0. Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely defeated Katie Spieler and Ginger Long 21-14, 21-17 in the most lopsided match of the day. Neely finished with 15 kills and three blocks, while Minkel added three aces in the win.
Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson also won in straight sets, defeating Ku'ulei Zalopany and Olivia Urban 21-15, 22-20. Jackson led the 49ers with 13 kills, and also added 14 digs and six aces as the fifth flight team gave Long Beach State a 2-0 lead on the day.
Hawai'i answered back with a win in the third flight, as Alyssa Longa and Karlee Riggs defeated Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla 21-18, 21-17, forcing the 49ers to win one of the final two matches of the day.
Both of the remaining matches reached a third set, however, lending drama to the proceedings in the final set. The 49ers clinched the match with a 19-21, 21-10, 15-7 win in the top flight, as Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke rallied from a first set loss to Jane Croson and Ashley Kastl for a relatively comfortable win. Ledoux in particular had a strong third set to carry the 49ers to the win, making six kills, two blocks and an ace in the third and decisive set.
In the second flight, Bre Mackie and Chelsea Cabrajac rolled to a 21-10 first set win before falling 19-21 in the second set against Natasha Bell and Tai Manu-Olevao. The Rainbow Wahine duo made a final push at the 49ers, but Cabrajac made a final kill to hold off Hawai'i 15-13 in the third.
Long Beach State hosts one more match this week, bringing in No. 4 USC for a rematch of a 3-2 win earlier for the 49ers this season in Los Angeles. The Trojans come to the LBSU Sand Courts on Thursday at 1 p.m.
#2 Long Beach State 4, #5 Hawai'i 1
1) Caitlin Ledoux/Tara Roenicke, LBSU def. Jane Croson/Ashley Kastl, UH 19-21, 21-10, 15-7
2) Chelsea Cabrajac/Bre Mackie, LBSU def. Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao, UH 21-10, 19-21, 15-13
3) Alyssa Longo/Karlee Riggs, UH def. Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Libby Fontanilla, LBSU 21-18, 21-17
4) Lauren Minkel/Jocelyn Neely, LBSU def. Katie Spieler/Ginger Long, UH 21-14, 21-17
5) Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson, LBSU def. Ku'ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban, UH 21-15, 22-20
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