Aigner-Swesey and Serna's return spark 49ers win over Arkansas State
Sophomore middle blocker Alma Serna picks up six blocks as 49ers defeat Arkansas State 3-1.
Sept. 14, 2012
Peoria, Ill. - Junior Delainey Aigner-Swesey recorded her second career double-double, leading the 49ers in both kills and digs with 16 kills and 15 digs as the 49ers defeated Arkansas State 25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20 on Friday. Sophomore Alma Serna made six blocks and nine kills while returning to the lineup for Long Beach State.
In the first of three neutral matches on the weekend at Bradley University for the 49ers, Long Beach State welcomed back Serna for her first match since the opener, and the improved defense showed for the 49ers, as Serna had a solo block and partnered in five of the team's seven other blocks on the day. She also added nine kills which tied for third on the team, behind Aigner-Swesey and Bre Mackie, who finished with 13 kills while setting a season high.
Four 49ers finished in double-digits with digs, helping the 49ers hold the Red Wolves to .125 hitting on the day. Aigner-Swesey's 15 led the way, while libero Tyler Jackson had 13 digs, and setter Tara Roenicke made 11 digs while also handing out 56 assists, her most as a 49er in her fourth double-double.
After losing the first point of the match the 49ers stormed out to a 5-1 lead, but Arkansas State tied the set at 9-9 on a kill from Jasmine Terry, and took the lead 10-9 on serve. The 49ers regained the lead at 12-10 on an ace from Tyler Jackson, and then pushed the lead out to 17-11 after back-to-back kills from Mackie, who finished with six kills in the first set. The 49ers held that cushion and took the first set 25-17.
Taking a 7-4 lead on a kill from Aigner-Swesey, the 49ers were never threatened in the second set. Leading 14-10, the 49ers won eight of the next ten points, capped by a 21-12 kill from Aigner-Swesey, who had five kills in the set, while Roneicke made 18 assists while guiding the 49ers to .529 hitting in a 25-16 win.
After the 49ers controlled the second set, Arkansas State bounced back to play their best set of the match in the third set. Leading throughout, the Red Wolves opened a three-point lead at 6-3, and then a kill from Taylor Coughlin put Arkansas State up 8-4. A solo block from Kelsie Hodges made the score 10-4, and finally the Red Wolves opened up their largest lead of the set at 17-9 on a kill from Amanda Chaparro. Long Beach State scored four straight to cut the lead to 17-13 on an Aigner-Swesey kill, but fell behind by six after two straight Arkansas State points. Long Beach State made one final push, pulling to within two at 22-24 after two errors from Coughlin, but final block in the set gave the Red Wolves a 25-22 win.
Long Beach State took an early lead in the fourth set, and led 11-6 before Arkansas State made one final run at the 49ers. Tying the set at 15-15, Long Beach State answered with a Mackie kill to hold onto the lead, and after two sideouts, pushed their lead to 22-16 behind strong serving by Chelsea Cabrajac and a pair of bookend kills by Alex Reid. The 49ers then finished the set with a 25-20 win to take the match.
Long Beach State will play two more matches in Bradley's CEFCU Classic on Saturday, September 15. The 49ers start off a busy day in the Renaissance Coliseum by playing Northern Illinois at 9 a.m. PT, and then face Northern Iowa at 3:30 p.m. PT in the third of three matches the team will play in the trip to Illinois.
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