Beach Defeats Stony Brook In Straight Sets To Start Busy Saturday
The 49ers return to the Walter Pyramid for an 8 p.m. match against Central Arkansas.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State improved to 3-0 this weekend after stopping Stony Brook by the same margin Saturday morning, sweeping the Seawolves 25-14, 25-23, 25-22. Nele Barber had a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, while Carly Beddingfield chipped in nine kills.
The Beach put up a season high in hitting, dominating offensively with a .473 team total. Mykah Wilson hit .700, 7-for-10 with no errors, while Barber, Beddingfield, and Ashley Murray all also hit .500 or better on the day.
Long Beach State (7-2) dominated the action in the first set. Opening play with a 7-1 run, the Beach eventually pushed their lead to nine points at 16-9, and never trailed on the way to a 25-14 win. The Beach hit .462 as a team, and Beddingfield made six kills while Wilson was perfect in the set with five kills on five attempts.
Stony Brook (2-9) had an ace on the first point of the set, but the 49ers quickly recovered to take a 5-3 lead on a Murray kill. The Seawolves bounced back, taking a 12-9 lead on a Stephanie McFadden block. A Melann Amory overpass return pushed the Stony Brook lead to 14-10, and while the Beach quickly pulled within one at 15-14, the teams would trade sideouts until the end of the set. The Beach finally earned a point on serve on a Barber kill at 22-22, and took their first lead since 5-4 in the set at 24-23. Peyton Grahovac then finished the set with a kill as the 49ers won 25-23.
LBSU took an early 7-4 lead in the final set, but Stony Brook evened up the set with a McFaden ace at 11-11. Tied 12-12, Stony Brook made a four-point run to force a Long Beach State timeout, but the 49ers answered with a three-point run of their own to pull to 16-15. After a pair of sideouts, the Beach tied the set, and went on to take a 19-17 lead on an Murray kill. That lead held the rest of the way, as Long Beach State completed the sweep 25-22.
Long Beach State closes this weekend’s tournament action tonight, when the 49ers host Central Arkansas at 8 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid.
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