Beach Volleyball

No. 2 Long Beach State Advances To National Semifinals After 3-2 Win Over No. 3 Florida State
Tara Roenicke made 26 kills in her match to help the 49ers advance to the semifinals.

Tara Roenicke made 26 kills in her match to help the 49ers advance to the semifinals.

May 3, 2013

Long Beach, Calif. - Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke came through for the 49ers in a tough match in the top flight against Florida State, winning 19-21, 27-25, 17-15 to win the third match and help Long Beach State advance to the national semifinals in a 3-2 win over the Seminoles.

Ledoux and Roenicke had dropped the first set to Jace Pardon and Sarah Wickstrom 19-21, but rallied in a thrilling second set to win 27-25 and then from an 11-11 tie, won the third set 17-15 to seal the win in the final match for the 49ers.

Lauren Minkel and Jocelyn Neely were the first of the courts, defeating Mallory Kiley and Fatma Yildirim 21-14, 21-12 behind 22 kills by Jocelyn Neely. Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson also stayed unbeaten in 2013, winning a tight match at No. 5 by defeating the Pelliterri sisters 21-16, 15-21, 18-16. Jackson led the way for the 49ers with 21 kills and 16 digs in the match, and is now 25-0 this season.

While the 49ers lost two matches on Friday, both were very close. Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Chelsea Cabrajac lost to Julie Brown and Melanie Pavels 21-19, 19-21, 15-9, while Bre Mackie and Libby Fontanilla were defeated 21-18, 16-21, 15-12 by Aurora Davis and Katherine Plessy.



With the win, the 49ers advance to the semifinals, where they will play the winner of today's later match between No. 4 USC and Louisiana-Monroe. That match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, with the national championship match scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT.

No. 2 Long Beach State 3, No. 3 Florida State 2 (AVCA Sand Volleyball National Championships)
1) Caitlin Ledoux/Tara Roenicke, LBSU def. Jace Pardon/Sarah Wickstrom, FSU 19-21, 27-25, 17-15
2) Julie Brown/Melanie Pavels, FSU def. Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Chelsea Cabrajac, LBSU 21-18, 19-21, 15-9
3) Aurora Davis/Katherine Plessy, FSU def. Libby Fontanilla/Bre Mackie, LBSU 21-18, 16-21, 15-12
4) Lauren Minkel/Jocelyn Neely, LBSU def. Mallory Kiley/Fatma Yildirim, FSU 21-14, 21-12
5) Tyler Jackson/Janisa Johnson, LBSU def. Kristina Pelliterri/Stephanie Pelliterri, FSU 21-16, 15-21, 18-16

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