Beach Sweeps Wright State for First Win
LBSU bounced back for a 27-25, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Wright State on Friday night.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Responding well to a setback earlier in the day, Long Beach State (1-1) picked up its first victory of the 2017 season, giving Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer her first head coaching win back at her alma mater. LBSU looked more comfortable as the match progressed, pulling away for a 27-25, 25-18, 25-15 sweep of Wright State on Friday night at Walter Pyramid.
Senior setter Alexis Patterson filled the stat sheet with 31 assists, eight digs and seven kills on .538 hitting. Junior Megan Kruidhof picked up her first double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs, and sophomore libero Hailey Harward posted a career-high four aces in the win. LBSU had nine aces as a team, getting a pair from freshman Fayth Rascon-Ryn.
Sophomore Kjersti Norveel had a strong night, posting a career-best six blocks, including a pair of solo roofs. She also added eight kills to finish second on the team. YiZhi Xue was efficient in the middle, collecting six kills on 10 swings without an error. Redshirt freshman Brooke Earkman saw her first career action for the Beach, collecting a pair of kills in sets two and three. Redshirt senior Rachel Nieto also chipped in a career-high 12 digs in the victory.
The opening set was the most entertaining of the night, featuring 13 ties and five lead changes. LBSU took its first lead of the night at 5-4, thanks to consecutive aces on Harward jump serves. Later in the set, a dig/kill from Patterson edged the Beach out in front at 23-22. After each team squandered a match point, it was Kruidhof who swung the set Long Beach's way. A kill tied things at 25-all, then another gave Long Beach State its second set point. Kruidhof and Norveel then put up a block to finish off the frame and put LBSU on top, 1-0.
From there, the Beach stayed in firm control of the match. Wright State hit just .091 in set two and .051 in set three. Kruidhof and Emma Kirst each had four kills in the third set to help put the match away as the Beach led from start to finish in the frame.
Long Beach State returns to the court on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 1-0 after a victory over Wright State on Friday morning.
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