April 7, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - No. 5 Long Beach State will face one of their closest competitors Tuesday, hosting No. 6 UCLA at the LBSU Sand Courts at 1 p.m.
Tuesday's match has important national implications, pitting two Top 10 programs against each other, and two of the Top 5 teams in the west. The West will send three teams to the AVCA National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and right now, UCLA and Long Beach State are in the thick of competing for the third and final spot with Hawai'i.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey and Bojana Todorovic are playing with good form at the moment, grabbing three wins last weekend, including the team's lone win at No. 2 Pepperdine. For Todorovic, the graduate student will be facing her former teammates, having transferred to Long Beach State for the current season after completing her undergraduate work at UCLA.
Tyler Jackson and Janisa Johnson won two matches last week, having played in the No. 1 flight for the first time prior to returning to the No. 2 spot in Friday's round robin against Irvine Valley and Arizona. The pair is still tied with Chelsea Cabrajac and Bre Mackie, LBSU's threes team, with the best record this season, as each pair is currently 10-3 on the season.
Ciana and Morea Wagner played well in two dominant wins last Friday, and will be in action against UCLA, as will either Jenelle Hudson/Alex Reid or Joy Miley/Makayla Taylor. The freshman duo of Miley and Taylor got their first action outside of exhibition matches on Friday, and earned a split, winning against Irvine Valley before taking a loss against the Wildcats.
Tuesday's match is the only competition of the week for the 49ers. Long Beach State will have a busy week the following week, hosting St. Mary's on Tuesday, April 17 before competing in the Big West Challenge with Hawai'i, Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge in a tournament on April 18-19.
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