SAN DIEGO - Long Beach State (1-6) suffered a 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 loss to Pacific (4-4) on Friday evening in a neutral site match at San Diego State. Junior Megan Kruidhof recorded double-digit kills for the seventh consecutive match, but LBSU couldn’t break through against the Tigers.
Kruidhof led the Beach with 10 kills on 27 swings for a .259 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle YiZhi Xue chipped in nine kills on just 13 swings for a season-best hitting percentage of .615. As a team, the Beach posted its best hitting percentage of the season at .239, but on the other side of the net the Tigers were at a .400 clip for the match.
Long Beach came out firing in the first set, hitting .348 as a team. Unfortunately, Pacific hit .424 in the set to pull out a 25-20 victory. Kruidhof was particularly effective in the first set, putting down five kills on seven attempts without an error. LBSU stayed close for much of the set, pulling to within 21-20 late, but the Tigers rattled off four straight points to close things out.
The Beach led 6-4 in the early stages of set two, but an 8-2 run by Pacific put the Tigers in control for good. LBSU did have three aces in the set, but hit just .190 as a team. Hailey Harward collected seven of her match-high 11 digs in the second game.
Xue was Long Beach’s best weapon in the third set, putting down four kills on five error-free swings. But that wasn’t enough as the Tigers hit a match-best .483 in set three, to go with 3.5 blocks.
LBSU will be back in Peterson Gym on Saturday morning to take on host San Diego State. First serve between the Beach and the Aztecs is at 11 a.m.
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