Long Beach State upset by Oregon State in five sets
Sept. 10, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - No. 22 Long Beach State was in total control in the first set Saturday against Oregon State, but the match slipped away as the Beavers upset the 49ers 10-25, 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12 in the final match of the Long Beach State Baden Classic.
Long Beach State led every statistical category except the final score, as the 49ers outhit the Beaverrs .251 to .168 and had more kills, blocks and assists over the whole match. However, OSU's Camille Saxton turned around a slow start to finish with 22 kills, leading all hitters.
Haleigh Hampton hit .357 with 11 kills and made seven blocks for Long Beach State, while liber Lauren Minkel made 18 digs to lead the defense. Caitlin Ledoux led the team with 22 kills, and freshman Alma Serna had her best match as a 49er, setting a career high with seven kills on .400 hitting and making six total blocks.
Two big blocks from Hampton and Erin Juley set the tone of the first set, as Long Beach State (5-4) controlled the tempo throughout. Opening a 6-2 lead on a Ledoux kill, the 49ers continued to push as Serna and Janisa Johnson combined for a block to give Long Beach State at 14-5 lead. After three straight points from Oregon State (8-2), the 49ers went on another run. Including the sideout to stop that run, Long Beach State finished out the set by winning 11 of the last 13 points, getting five blocks in the first set and forcing the Beavers into 11 errors behind a big block.
With the first set behind them, Oregon State answered back in the second set, taking the first three points. Long Beach State rallied to take the lead at 4-3 on an error from Arrica Nasser, but the Beavers recovered to regain the lead at 6-5, and pushed out to a 9-6 lead on two straight blocks. Needing to catch up, it was the 49ers that started making errors, ending with eight in the set, and Oregon State opend a seven point lead at 22-15. Long Beach State cut the lead to three at 22-19 with a kill from Ledoux, but the Beavers were too close to the finish line in the set, and evened the match with a 25-20 set two win.
With the score even at a set apiece despite the 49ers dominance of the first set, it was the Beavers that continued to ride the momentum of their set two win, taking a 8-4 lead on a Dre Shaw kill. Long Beach State would pull close a few times, most notably with a run to cut the lead to 18-17 following an attack error from Shaw. Oregon State held on to the lead though, and while the 49ers pulled back to within one at 23-22 on a Ledoux kill, a kill from Arica Nassar kept Oregon State in the lead on the way to a two-point win.
Turning on the defense behind eight digs from Minkel, Long Beach State answered back in the fourth. Oregon State took an early lead 5-4, but the 49ers rallied to retake the lead at 10-9 on an error from Nassar. Hampton put down a block with Delainey Aigner-Swesey followed by a kill to give Long Beach State a 12-9 lead. Long Beach State made one more push behind some strong serving by Chelsea Cabrajac, capped by an ace to take a 17-11 lead, and the 49ers won the set 25-19 to force a fifth set.
Oregon State again took the lead early, and in the fifth set the 49ers never recovered. Finding Shaw for a kill to give the Beavers an 8-5 lead in the fifth, Long Beach State pulled within one point at 9-8 after two big digs from Lauren Minkel, but Hampton's lone error of the match gave the Beavers an 11-8 lead. Oregon State held on to that lead and took the set 15-12.
In the final neutral match of the tournament, SMU defeated Utah State in four sets, as the Mustangs finished the tournament with one win and two losses, while Utah State will return to Logan, Utah winless.
Long Beach State plays one more non-conference match before the beginning of Big West play. The 49ers will host Idaho on Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid.
2011 Baden Classic All-Tournament Team: