Aug. 24, 2012
Lexington, Ky. - Delainey Aigner-Swesey led the 49ers with 16 kills on .467 hitting as Long Beach State swept their way to an opening day victory, defeating Lipscomb 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 in the first match of the Kentucky Classic.
Aigner-Swesey only made two errors on the night, making big kills throughout to lead the 49ers to the win, while senior Janisa Johnson picked up her first double-double of the season and the 30th of her career, making 11 kills and 11 digs for Long Beach State. Junior Tara Roenicke got the start for the 49ers at setter, making 32 assists and leading LBSU to .283 hitting on the match.
The 49ers trailed early in set one, but rallied to take a 5-4 lead on a kill from sophomore Bre Mackie, and then pushed to a 15-10 lead on a kill from Johnson. The Lady Bisons managed to cut the 49ers lead to one at 21-20 on a kill from setter Caitlin Dotson, but strong serving from Libby Fontanilla allowed the 49ers to close out the set with four straight points, taking a 25-20 first set victory.
Coming out quickly in the second set, an ace by Sophie Kellerman and a solo block helped give Lipscomb an early 4-1 lead, but the 49ers fought back with Fontanilla behind the end line again. Trailing 7-3, the 49ers picked up a side out, and then scored six straight points with Fontanilla serving, taking a 10-7 on a Chisom Okpala kill, with an ace from Fontanilla along the way. The 49ers never again surrendered the lead in the set, taking a 21-14 lead on the way to a 25-19 win in set two.
In the closest set of the match, the 49ers took an early 3-0 lead on an ace from libero Tyler Jackson and a kill from Ajanaku, but the Lady Bisons fought back in the latter part of the set. Tying the score at 15-15 on a kill from Lauren Ford, Lipscomb would eventually take the lead on a kill from Kaycee Green at 17-16. The 49ers bounced back with a kill by Johnson and two errors from the Lady Bisons, and back-to-back blocks from Chisom Okpala pushed the lead to four on the way to a 25-19 win in set three.
The Kentucky Classic continues tomorrow for the 49ers, as Long Beach State faces North Carolina at 10 a.m. PT before facing the hosts, No. 13 Kentucky, at 5 p.m.
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