Volleyball Grabs One Set But No. 14 UCLA Proves Too Tough In 3-1 Loss
Senior Hayley Benson finishes with 11 kills on .417 hitting.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State rallied from a first-set loss to No. 14 UCLA with a well-played 25-19 set two win, but the Bruins took the final two sets to defeat the Beach 3-1 on Friday night.
Hayley Benson continued to impress in her return to the lineup, as the senior hit .417 while making 11 kills. Freshman Carly Beddingfield rebounded well from the morning match, leading the team with 13 kills.
UCLA (9-1) scored six straight points to start the match, but the 49ers quickly recovered. A Hayley Benson kill cut the lead to 8-6, and then Jenelle Hudson found the middle blocker again to tie the set at 8-8. Tied 10-10, UCLA went on a second big run to make the score 14-10. The Beach would cut that lead down to two at 19-17, but additional errors from LBSU led to a 25-20 set one win, as the 49ers hit just .049 in the set.
Long Beach State (9-3) bounced back with a 4-1 lead in set two, which held for the greater part of the set. Improving their hitting to .229 on the set and limiting errors to just four, the Beach moved out to a five-point lead at 15-10. Keeping that edge with a Sarah Miller ace at 17-12, the would push to a 22-16 lead and held on to take the second 25-19 to even the match.
A Lawmaster ace gave the Beach an early lead out of the locker rooms, at 3-2, but Reily Buechler helped a Bruin push out to 8-5. With that three-point cushion holding until 13-10, UCLA went on a four-point run to take a 17-10 lead. The Bruins then went on to win the set 25-17.
Junior Tiara Wallace started set four in the middle, and made the first two kills for the 49ers to take a 2-1 lead. Long Beach State led 7-5, but a five-point run capped by a Buechler kill gave the Bruins a lead they would never surrender again in the fourth set on the way to a 25-14 win.
Long Beach State will play its final match before the start of conference play tomorrow, Saturday September 19. The Beach hosts Oregon State at 7 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid.
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