Sep 7, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State battled through its third five-set match in a row, but ultimately fell to Miami 25-21, 19-25, 26-28, 25-22, 17-15 in a match that went right down to the wire. Delainey Aigner-Swesey led the 49ers with 19 kills, while Alex Reid added 12 for the 49ers.
For the third match in a row, Aigner-Swesey finished with a double-double, adding 15 digs to go with her 19 kills, and sophomore setter Erin Juley also had a double-double with 37 assists and 11 digs. However, Miami held the lead in most match numbers, making nearly 20 more kills over the match, and 12 more digs. Long Beach State (2-4) made the most of 17 Hurricane service errors to push Miami (3-1) to the limit.
Miami controlled the first set throughout. After opening up a 4-0 lead, the Hurricanes eventually took a 9-2 lead, and held the 49ers to .051 hitting while taking the first set 25-21, holding off a late push by the 49ers without surrendering the lead.
Long Beach State bounced right back in the second set, the best of the match for the 49ers. Hitting .237, led by four kills from Alex Reid, the 49ers pushed out to a 12-8 lead on a Bre Mackie kill, and picked up a late block from Reid and Joy Miley to force a Miami timeout with LBSU on top 21-14. The 49ers already had the action in control, and won the second set 25-19.
The third set foreshadowed the action to come, featuring 12 ties in a close set. The largest lead of the set was three points, held by the Hurricanes at 20-17, but Long Beach State fought back to tie the set late at 24-24, pushing in front to take the lead at 27-26, and a Tyler Jackson ace finished off the set in favor of the 49ers 28-26.
The 49ers took an early lead in the fourth set, moving in front 10-7 on a Miami error, and held on to that lead through 15-12. The Hurricanes would make a push right back, tying the set on a block by Emani Sims and Alex Johnson, and carried the momentum to take a 21-17 lead, winning eight out of nine points on the way to a 25-22 win.
The fifth set was as close as the rest of the match. Tied at 9-9, Long Beach State was able to eventually open up a 12-10 lead on a kill from Aigner-Swesey, but Miami held on to tie the set once more, pushing in front at 14-13 on a block from Caitlin Donahoe and Alexis Mourning. The 49ers were able to hold off two match points, but back-to-back kills from Sims ended the match in favor of the Hurricanes 17-15.
The 49ers return to action next Thursday, traveling to Loyola Marymount for a road match in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. on September 12.
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