Nicole Vargas had a double-double in her first match as a senior.
LONG BEACH-- Paced by freshmen Caitlin Ledoux and Cat Highmark, No. 24-ranked Long Beach State (2-0) swept past the first day of the LBSU Invitational, defeating Indiana (0-1) 25-19, 25-20 and 25-21 in the nightcap, after winning in four against San Francisco earlier in the day. The freshmen duo had 12 kills a piece in the opener.
Ledoux had nine kills in the match against the Hoosiers to lead the 49ers, while Highmark contributed eight as Ledeux's two kills in the final set of the night led to the sweep. She put the 49ers up 11-9 early and then came through with another, at 18-15 to extend the lead. Highmark's kill finished off the match, making it 23-19 en route to the 25-21 win.
The 49ers shot .180 in the contest, compared to a .107 percentage
Ledoux was able to extend the lead for the 49ers after a close first 11 points. Her kill made it 17-15, before another kill gave LBSU a 22-18 lead. Vargas' kill made it 24-19, before a service error closed the second set out.
Naomi Washington's kill and block were part of an 8-0 run to take the lead for the 49ers after a slow start. Indiana led 12-7, before an Hoosier hitting error completed an 8-0 run and made it 15-7 following Washington's kill and block. Quincy Verdin's kill kept the 49ers in front and made it 19-16 en route to the six point win.
The 49ers play Missouri State tomorrow night at 7 p.m., while Missouri State and Indiana tip things off at 11 a.m., followed by the Hoosiers and USF at 5 p.m.
LONG BEACH 3, SAN FRANCISCO 1
LONG BEACH-- No. 24-ranked Long Beach State (1-0) got past visiting San Francisco in the first match of the LBSU Invitational, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-20 paced by a balanced attack of 13 kills from Quincy Verdin and 12 kills a piece from freshmen Caitlin Ledoux and Cat Highmark.
USF was led by 21 kills from Sarah Mandala, as they avoided a sweep with a 25-23 third set victory. LBSU hit .207 for the contest, with USF attacking at a .147 percentage.
The 49ers though rebounded in game four, taking a 15-8 lead on a Highmark kill, after USF rallied for five straight points, took the five-point victory in game four.
The Hilltop got back into the contest, leading 13-11 in game three on a block assist, after Ledoux's kill made it 20-18, USF came back to lead 22-20, before Alix Gombos' kill gave the Dons a 25-23 win.
LBSU kept USF at bay in the second set after Addie Webster's two aces cut the LBSU lead to 14-12. The 49ers then ran off six straight points to lead 20-12 and never look back, hitting .441 in the second frame.
Vargas, had a solid first set, as her ace gave the 49ers an early 10-5 lead, before two key digs later gave the 49ers a 25-23 first set victory. USF, following a timeout early, came within 14-12 on a Darcy Carroll ace, before taking their only lead of the contest, 17-6 on a Quincy Verdin error. LBSU then had three set points, leading by just one, before a Naomi Washington kill following a timeout gave them the first set win.
SAN FRANCISCO 3, MISSOURI STATE 2
LONG BEACH-- The University of San Francisco (1-1) split the first day of the Long Beach State Invitational, beating Missouri State in the nightcap, 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 23-25 and 15-9, after falling in four sets to the host 49ers.
Sarah Mandala led the Dons with 16 kills, as USF hit .242. Missouri State hit .150 as Sara Staubach had 15 kills.
USF finished off the Bears with a 15-9 win as Mandala's kill closed out the match. A hitting error by MSU forced a timeout and gave the Hilltoppers a 9-5 advantage in the final set.
MSU was able to tie the match with a set-ending block, at 25-23 after USF was able to tie it up late. An ace by Addie Webster tied the match at 19-19, while her kill tied it again at 21-21 in game four. MSU had led 13-9 and held to the four-point advantage for much of the fourth.
A hitting error in game three gave the Bears a 15-12 lead as MSU built a 20-14 score en route to the five-point win. USF twice fought back, to within 22-18 and then fought off two set points to close to within 24-20.
The Dons took game two, 25-12, paced by a .400 attack percentage. Mandala's kill iced the second set to make it 24-12. USF quickly went ahead 8-1 to start paced by a block assist, before Mandala's kill made it 9-1.
The Hilltop won game one 25-16 paced by five kills from Carly Babin. An Alix Gombos blockput USF up 23-14 en route to the victory, as her kill then made it 24-15
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