Seattle, Wash. - Long Beach State held the score close, but were unable to slow down .361 hitting from No. 7 Washington as the Huskies defeated the 49ers 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 on the road Friday night in Seattle.
Junior Delainey Aigner-Swesey led the 49ers with 15 kills, while freshman Alex Reid tied a career high with nine kills. However, the 49ers hit just .171 on the night, as the Huskies had 13 blocks and had high percentage hitting all night, led by middle blocker Lianna Sybeldon who had 10 kills on .529 hitting.
Long Beach State held close through the majority of the first set, taking a lead at 7-6 on a solo block from Tiara Wallace, but Washington regained the sideout advantage, as the teams moved through 13 total ties. A block from Kaleigh Nelson and Amanda Gil gave the Huskies a 19-17 lead, and while the 49ers cut it back to one at 20-19, Washington pushed out during the end of the set to take the first 25-21.
In another back and forth set, the 49ers grabbed an early lead at 4-2, but Washington regained the lead and eventually pushed out to a 13-10 lead on a kill from Nelson. That cushion would hold for most of the set as both sides traded sideouts on the way to a 23-20 score, and the Huskies scored the last two points to take the set.
Two Roenicke aces out of the break helped the 49ers storm out to a big lead in the third set, as Long Beach State scored the first four points out of the break and then took a 7-1 lead on a solo block from Chisom Okpala. Long Beach State held on to that lead until 16-13, but the Huskies scored three straight points from Kylin Munz to tie the set at 16-16, and then took the lead at 18-17 on a 49ers error. Tied 21-21, the Huskies pulled out in front by two at 24-22 on a block from Gil and Nelson, and then finished off the set on a sideout to take a 25-23 comeback win.
The 49ers will look to rebound tomorrow night, as the 49ers will play one more match this weekend in Washington, playing at Seattle University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.
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