Aug 31, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State and No. 18 Florida State battled through five exciting sets, but ultimately the Seminoles came away with the win, defeating the 49ers 15-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 15-12. Delainey Aigner-Swesey had 17 kills on .389 hitting to lead the 49ers.
Aigner-Swesey led a balanced attack for the 49ers that saw four LBSU hitters reach double figures in kills, including sophomore Alex Reid, who again finished with a double-double, making 15 kills and 13 digs on the night. Haleigh Hampton added 12 kills and six blocks, while Chisom Okpala made ten kills on .500 hitting.
A Bre Mackie kill helped the 49ers extend an early lead in set one at 13-10, and the 49ers won six of the next eight points to open up a big lead in opener. Leading 21-13 after a Delainey Aigner-Swesey kill, a third block from Chisom Okpala put Long Beach State (1-1) on top 23-14, and The Beach closed out the set with a 25-15 win.
Up early at 6-4 in the second set, an overpass return by Haleigh Hampton gave the 49ers a 12-9 lead in the set. Florida State was able to pull back even at 13-13, and while the 49ers held onto the lead briefly, a kill by Sarah Burrington gave the Seminoles a 17-16 lead. The 49ers pulled back in front once more at 21-20, but Nicole Walch put Florida State (2-1) on top 23-22, and the Seminoles won the third set 25-23 after an ace from Laura Dadowski.
Tied 7-7 in the third set, Long Beach State made a three-point push capped by a Hampton kill to open up a lead. The 49ers would eventually push out to a five point lead at 17-12, and a Tyler Jackson ace gave the 49ers a late six-point lead at 21-15. Florida State pulled to within two at 22-20, but a Hampton kill stopped the run, and two straight blocks by the junior middle blocker finished off the set in a 25-22 win for the 49ers.
Despite being down two sets to one, it was the Seminoles that picked up the early momentum in set four, taking an early 7-4 lead. An ace by Chelsea Cabrajac cut the lead back down to two at 8-6, but two points was the closes that the 49ers would get in the set, as the Seminoles held the 49ers to .077 hitting in a 25-18 victory.
Long Beach State opened up a quick 2-0 lead in the decisive set, but gave back the two points, and Walch picked up a block with Sarah Burrington to give the Seminoles a 6-4 lead. Florida State pushed two more points, taking an 8-4. The teams traded sideouts until 12-8, when Reid made two straight kills after a sideout to give the 49ers new life, pulling back to 12-11. Florida State picked up a big sideout to regain momentum, and the 49ers dropped two final points after one more sideout to fall 15-12 in the final set.
In the day's other match, Illinois also won in five sets, rallying from a 2-1 set deficit to defeat Kentucky 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 15-9, as Jocelyn Birks finished with 22 kills to lead the Illini. Illinois finishes the tournament 2-1, while Kentucky plays once more tomorrow.
Long Beach State finishes the 2013 Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational Sunday evening at 5 p.m., when the 49ers host No. 17 Kentucky.
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