Beach Finishes Weekend On High Note With 3-0 Win Over Oregon State
Nele Barber had 16 kills and 17 digs in her seventh straight double-double.
Long Beach, Calif. - Junior Nele Barber led the Beach with 16 kills and a career-high 17 digs as the Beach controlled the action throughout in a 25-16, 25-21, 25-16 sweep over Oregon State. LBSU hit .330, guided by Jenelle Hudson who also had a double-double with 29 assists, 11 digs and seven kills.
Sarah Miller picked up her first collegiate kill playing in the back row in the first set that gave Long Beach state a 6-2 lead, and an overpass kill from Hayley Benson lifted the 49ers to a 9-5 advantage. Leading 14-11, Long Beach State (10-3) went on a three-point run to push their lead to six, and went on to win the set 25-16.
The second set was the closest of the three overall. Despite a thumping kill from Jenelle Hudson that gave the Beach a 9-7 lead, Oregon State (2-8) made the most of their chances in the early part of the set, eventually taking a 15-11 lead on an ace by Mary-Kate Marshall. Down 18-13, Long Beach State got a sideout on a service error and then found Barber for three straight kills to pull right back into the set. Taking the lead at 20-19 on a kill from Benson, Long Beach State pushed to a 23-20 lead behind service from Zoi Konstantopoulou, who had her second match of action with the Beach, and LBSU went on to win 25-21.
With the momentum firmly on their side, the 49ers went on to capture another big win in set three. A Hudson dump put LBSU on top early 4-2, and a quick rally capped by a Barber kill gave the 49ers a 9-4 lead. On top 13-7 after a Peyton Grahovac kill and an OSU miscue, the 49ers held onto a lead of at least four points the rest of the set and rolled to a 25-16 win.
Overall on the night, the Beach held Oregon state to just .141 hitting while hitting .330 themselves, and the Beach also made 22 more digs on the night as a team.
Barber now has compiled a double-double in 11 of the last 12 matches for Long Beach State. The 49ers played without Ashley Murray, who was held out for precautionary reasons after an abdominal injury Friday.
Long Beach State will continue in the Walter Pyramid next weekend with the start of Big West Conference play. The Beach hosts UC Davis and UC Irvine on ESPN3 on September 25 and 26, both starting at 7 p.m. With a win next weekend, 31st year head coach Brian Gimmillaro will become just the seventh active coach in Division I to reach 800 career wins.
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