No. 5 Long Beach State Captures Two Wins But Can't Upset Hawai'i In Final Duals Of The Season
April 18, 2014
Huntington Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State grabbed two convincing victories but couldn't get the win that they needed, falling 4-1 to No. 3 Hawai'i in the final set of dual matches on the year for The Beach. LBSU dropped Cal Poly and Irvine Valley 5-0 in the other two dual matches on the day.
Long Beach State opened the day in fine form, cruising to a victory over another Big West foe in Cal Poly, not dropping a set on the way to a 5-0 win over the Mustangs. Hawai'i then took a 5-0 win over the hosts, Irvine Valley, setting up the day's premier showdown between the Rainbow Wahine and The Beach.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic won in three sets over Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor, winning 21-18, 18-21, 15-11, but the 49ers were unable to pull out a win in any of the other matches. Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson were able to force a tie at 20-20 in the first set with UH's top team Karissa Cook and Brittany Tiegs, but lost 22-20 and then dropped the second set 21-11. The other three matches were consistently close, but Hawai'i prevailed in each to take a key 4-1 victory.
The 49ers rebounded with another 5-0 win, with the closest match coming in the top flight, as Aigner-Swesey and Todorovic dropped Marisa Doran and Kobi Peckich 21-19, 21-14 to stay unbeaten on the day.
Competition in the Big West Challenge continues on Saturday, with a trio of single-elimination brackets of pairs play. Action will begin at 9 a.m. at Huntington State Beach.
With the loss to Hawai'i, Long Beach State is likely on the outside looking in for a team invitation to the third AVCA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., as three teams from the "West" are to be picked. Aigner-Swesey/Todorovic and Jackson/Johnson are both still in the running for a "Best of the Rest" selection into the 16-team pairs championship which will be held concurrently with the team championship in Gulf Shores.
No. 5 Long Beach State 5, Cal Poly 0
No. 3 Hawai'i 4, No. 5 Long Beach State 1
No. 5 Long Beach State 5, Irvine Valley College 0