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Chisom Okpala and 49ers come back strong with 3-0 victory over Seattle
Chisom Okpala had 12 kills and seven blocks Saturday, leading both teams in each category.

Chisom Okpala had 12 kills and seven blocks Saturday, leading both teams in each category.

Sept. 8, 2012

Box Score

Seattle, Wash. - Long Beach State held tough in a tight third set to close out a sweep over Seattle University on the road, defeating the Redhawks 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 on Saturday night.

Long Beach State's young players carried the day, as Okpala led the team with 12 kills on .524 hitting with seven blocks, while freshman Alex Reid added a career high 11 kills on .320 hitting. Setter Tara Roenicke also had a solid all-around match, handing out 33 assists and making three kills on .600 hitting with six digs. Sophomore Tyler Jackson led the 49ers with 16 digs over the three-set match.

Down early in set one, Long Beach State pushed out to a 7-5 lead behind outstanding serving from sophomore Chelsea Cabrajac, capped by back-to-back aces. Seattle made a short run back of their own, but after a Okpala solo block that put the 49ers back on top by three at 14-11, the 49ers pushed out to a 22-17 lead. Back-to-back blocks by Roenicke and Okpala then helped the 49ers close out the set with a 25-17 victory.

Long Beach State scored an early lead in the second set, pushing out to a 9-5 lead on a kill from Delainey Aigner-Swesey. Up 12-9 on a kill from Okpala, the 49ers then went on a six-point run to take an 18-10 lead, and easily finished out the set with a 25-16 victory.

In the third set, the 49ers third ace, coming from Libby Fontanilla, gave the 49ers an 11-8 lead and an Okpala klll led to a Seattle timeout. The Redhawks stormed back, however, tying the set at 13-13 on a block from Kelly Biette. A solo block from Reid helped the 49ers push back a point after a sideout, and the 49ers eventually opened up another four-point lead at 18-14. Seattle settled into a rhythm again after a timeout, pushing back to a three-point lead, and holding off two match points with kills from Karina Miastkowska and Kaytlyn Dill. The 49ers finished off the match with a block from Bre Mackie and Okpala, the team's tenth, to improve to 3-5 on the season, while knocking the Redhawks to 4-5.

 

 

Long Beach State remains on the road next week for its three final non-conference matches. The 49ers travel to Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., for three neutral site matches against Arkansas State, Northern Illinois, and Northern Iowa.
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