LOS ANGELES - It was a tough night at the office for Long Beach State (1-6) as the Beach suffered a 25-21, 25-16, 25-15 loss to Loyola Marymount (4-3) on Thursday at Gersten Pavilion. It’s the first time Long Beach State has ever lost a match at LMU.
Junior Megan Kruidhof again led the Beach in kills, collecting 10 on the night. She now has six matches this year with double-digit kills and 10 in her career. Sophomore libero Hailey Harward had a strong night with 15 digs and an ace. Kruidhof and Emma Kirst each had a pair of aces for Long Beach. The service game was where LBSU held an advantage over the hosts as the Lions had 12 service errors in their own gym, compared to just six for the Beach.
The first set was the closest of the night as the teams stayed within a few points for most of the frame. The Beach took its first lead of the night on a 3-0 run, capped by an ace from Harward. That made it 17-16 Long Beach and forced an LMU timeout. Unfortunately, the Lions went on a 5-0 run after the stoppage and regained control of the set. Consecutive Kruidhof aces brought Long Beach back within two at 23-21, but after another timeout LMU was able to close out the set.
The Lions rolled that momentum into set two, where they hit .500 as a team. Long Beach led 5-4 early in the frame but wouldn’t hold a lead for the rest of the evening as LMU secured the sweep at home. Harward had an impressive nine digs in the third set alone, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Beach in the match.
LBSU will head to San Diego for a pair of matches this weekend. The Beach will face Pacific on Friday at 4 p.m. then take on San Diego State on Saturday at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played at Peterson Gym on the San Diego State campus.
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