49ers Split Matches In Malibu
April 10, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - No. 2 Long Beach State split a pair of matches Wednesday on the road, defeating No. 6 UCLA 4-1 but falling to No. 1 Pepperdine by the same margin on the Waves home courts. Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson remained unbeaten in 2013, winning in the fifth flight in both matches.
Long Beach State started the day in a rematch with Pepperdine as last year's national finalists met for the second time in 2013. Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson rallied from a first set defeat to earn a win in the fifth flight, defeating Emily Cook and Katie Messing 18-21, 22-20, 15-7 behind 20 kills from Johnson.
Top pair Caitilin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke also had a thrilling three-set match, but ultimately fell to Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill 21-14, 15-21, 17-15 in the closest match of the year for the top pair for the Waves. Roenicke finished with 11 kills in the second-set win for the 49ers, and had 22 kills overall in the match.
Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely had their win streak snapped, as they lost 21-11, 21-18 to Victoria Adelhelm and Taylor Racich of the Waves. The 49ers also lost at No. 3 and No. 2 against the Waves as Pepperdine remained undefeated.
In the second match of the day, the 49ers won their second match over No. 6 UCLA, winning 4-1 to finish the day with an overall record of 12-2 on the season.
Jackson and Johnson cruised to their second win of the day in a 21-6, 21-5 blowout of Maddy Klineman and Megan Moenoa 21-6, 21-5, as the pair made just two hitting errors and 19 combined digs in the victory. Minkel and Neely also bounced back for a big three-set win over Karly Drolson and Rachel Inouye, winning 17-21, 21-11, 20-18. Neely made eight kills and eight digs in the third set to guide the pair to the win.
Ledoux and Roenicke were 21-15, 21-19 winners at No. 1, and Bre Mackie and Chelsea Cabrajac had a big win against the Bruins at No. 2, defeating Zoe Nightingale and Becca Strehlow 18-21, 21-18, 15-11 behind six final set kills and an ace by Mackie. The lone loss for the 49ers against UCLA came at No. 3, as Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Libby Fontanilla fell 21-18, 21-19 in a close match to Karsta Lowe and Bojana Todorovic.
Long Beach State closes out their home schedule next week, hosting Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday at 1 p.m. before playing their final home match on Thursday, April 18 against Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at the LBSU Sand Courts.
#1 Pepperdine 4, #2 Long Beach State 1
#2 Long Beach State 4, #6 UCLA 1