Sept. 12, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - Long Beach State got the win the team needed, a convincing 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 win at Loyola Marymount in the first of three matches this weekend. Sophomore Alex Reid led the team with 10 kills, while Chisom Okpala added nine on .643 hitting.
Long Beach State (3-4) was very impressive defensively, holding the Lions to .125 hitting overall while making 10 blocks, as freshman Joy Miley and junior Bre Mackie each finished with five on the night. Setter Erin Juley finished with three kills on .600 hitting with 28 assists, and Reid led the team with 10 digs, finishing with her third double-double of the year.
Loyola Marymount (3-4) took the first lead of the opening set, forcing a 49ers timeout with the Lions in the lead 13-11. After a sideout, Delainey Aigner-Swesey hit two straight aces to give the 49ers a 14-13 lead, and then Long Beach State opened up a 16-14 lead on an overpass kill from Miley. Reid kept the 49ers lead that had grown to four points at 22-18 with a kill, and Long Beach State closed out set one with a 25-20 victory.
Long Beach State rode the momentum from the first set for an impressive set two victory. Leading 5-1, the 49ers held an early lead through an LMU sideout at 15-12. The 49ers would then push nine straight points, including back-to-back blocks and an ace by Tyler Jackson to force set point at 24-12. After a sideout, the 49ers took the second set 25-13.
The 49ers trailed 1-0 in the third set, but took the lead 2-1 and never trailed again in the match. Opening a 10-6 lead on a kill from Reid, the Lions took their first timeout, but Long Beach State held onto that lead through the next 10 points on each side to hold a 20-16 advantage. LMU scored one more point on a Kathleen Luft ace, but the 49ers picked up a sideout on LMU's sixth service error of the night and went on to take the set 25-19 to win the match.
The 49ers return to action tomorrow evening in the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid, hosting the College of Charleston at 7 p.m. The 49ers will also host a neutral site match beginning at 11 a.m. pitting the Cougars against Seattle.
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