Beach Rebounds With 3-1 Win Over Rutgers
Nele Barber records her fourth double-double of the season in the win.
Cambridge, Mass. - In the first of two matches for the 49ers on Saturday, Long Beach State controlled the action through most of the day and defeated Rutgers 25-23, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17. Nele Barber led the 49ers with 17 kills, recording a double-double adding 10 digs.
The Beach hit .322 on the day, as two other hitters, Peyton Grahovac and Ashley Murray, both also reached double figures in kills, while Lindsey Lawmaster and Sarah Miller each also had double-digit digs.
Long Beach State (3-2) sent out a new lineup, moving libero Mykah Wilson to the right side, and the freshman responded with six kills, eight digs and three assists in a solid effort in a new position, while setter Jenelle Hudson made 48 assists and chipped in five kills of her own in a return to her Player of the Year form. Meme Fletcher made 26 kills for Rutgers (1-4) but the Beach was able to limit most of the other hitters for the Scarlet Knights.
Long Beach State took an early lead on a Peyton Grahovac kill in the first set, running out to a 7-5 edge. An even set followed though, as the teams traded sideouts until Rutgers was able to tie the set at 21-21. The 49ers closed out the set with a 25-23 win after a setting error readied set point for LBSU, and Jenelle Hudson finished off the win with her fourth kill in the first.
Two blocks put the 49ers in front 6-2 early in the second, but Rutgers pushed back and took a two point lead at 12-10. A Carly Beddingfield kill off of an overpass tied the set, but the Scarlet Knights held onto the momentum, and eventually took a 22-19 lead on a Fletcher kill. Despite Rutgers leading 24-20, Long Beach State held off four set points to tie the set at 24-24, but Rutgers held onto the lead and took the set on their next chance, winning 26-24.
The third set was the most convincing for the 49ers, as the Beach hit .500 on the set. Leading 5-3 after a Miller ace, the 49ers would never trail again in the set. Pushing ahead further at 13-9 on a Hudson ace, the 49ers would make a run from 19-16 to 24-16, and eventually won the set 25-18.
Rutgers opened up the fourth set with a lead, pushing in front 7-4 on a Fletcher kill. The Beach rallied though, taking the lead at 11-10 on a Lawmaster ace, and eventually pushing all the way to a 13-10 lead. A Beddingfield kill and solo block series grew the lead to 20-15, and LBSU cruised the rest of the way to a 25-17 win.
The Beach finishes their time in Boston this evening, playing host Harvard at Maclin Athletic Center at 4 p.m. PT.
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