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Norveel Leads LBSU to Sweep of San Francisco

Sept. 16, 2017

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Beach hit a season-best .396 on Saturday at Walter Pyramid, cruising to a 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 sweep of San Francisco. Long Beach State improves to 2-10 with the victory while the Dons slip to 3-10 on the year.

Sophomore middle blocker Kjersti Norveel had a career day for the Beach, collecting a career-best 10 kills on just 15 swings. Her .667 hitting percentage was also a career best, pacing LBSU to an impressive .396 hitting for the match. Fellow middle YiZhi Xue had 10 kills as well while Megan Kruidhof chipped in nine and Monika Simkova had eight on .467 hitting.

Senior setter Alexis Patterson had 32 assists, five kills and a pair of aces in the match. Libero Hailey Harward had a match-high 14 digs.

The Beach hit .387 or better in all three sets, putting down 45 kills on 96 swings with just seven hitting errors. Xue had five kills in the first set, with Norveel and Kruidhof adding four apiece. The Beach got out to an early 8-4 lead and never trailed in the set, taking an important 1-0 lead.

In the second set, Norveel posted five kills on six swings to propel the Beach to victory and a 2-0 lead in the match. LBSU kept it rolling into set three and limited the Dons to -.097 hitting while posting a .400 hitting percentage. The Beach went up 12-6 in the third and coasted from there to take its second sweep victory of the season at Walter Pyramid.

LBSU will be back in action on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Montana State to conclude this year's preseason schedule.

 

 

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