LBSU Drops Season Opener to No. 2 Stanford
Long Beach State faced the defending national champions on Friday afternoon, suffering a 3-0 defeat to No. 2 Stanford.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Defending national champion Stanford (1-0) topped Long Beach State (0-1) by a score of 25-19, 25-21, 25-13 on Friday afternoon at Walter Pyramid. The No. 2 ranked Cardinal won its season opener on the 10-year anniversary of Stanford’s last visit to Long Beach. After leading the nation in blocking a season ago, the visitors had 12.0 blocks and held the Beach to -.010 hitting.
Junior Megan Kruidhof led the Beach with seven kills and three blocks, senior setter Alexis Patterson posted 15 assists, nine digs and four kills and sophomore libero Hailey Harward had 14 digs. Today’s match was the head coaching debut for Long Beach State alum Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer.
Utah transfer Emma Kirst got Long Beach on the board with the first kill of the 2017 season, and the redshirt junior recorded the first two points of the afternoon for the Beach. She and Kruidhof combined for seven kills on 16 swings in the first frame, while Harward added seven digs.
Long Beach got off to a terrific start in set two, opening up a 9-2 advantage on the strength of a 7-0 run. Unfortunately, Stanford responded with eight straight points to take a 10-9 lead. There were 10 ties and three lead changes in the second frame, making it by far the most competitive of the afternoon. LBSU led 19-17 on consecutive kills from Patterson and Monika Simkova, forcing a Stanford timeout. The Cardinal responded with three consecutive points and ended the set on an 8-2 run to take a 2-0 lead.
After the break, the Cardinal hit a match-best .323 in the third set and put up five blocks to close out the win.
LBSU returns for a second match of the day on Friday evening, hosting Wright State at 7 p.m. The Raiders suffered a 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 defeat against Iowa on Friday morning at Walter Pyramid.
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