Long Beach State Loses Heartbreaker In Five Sets To Oregon State
Sept. 20, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - LONG BEACH, Calif. - A heroic effort by Long Beach State's outside hitters nearly led the 49ers past Oregon State, as senior Delainey Aigner-Swesey finished with 21 kills and 17 digs on .281 hitting, while sophomore Alex Reid added 20 kills and 17 digs on .222 hitting. Ultimately, the 49ers came up just short, falling in five sets to Oregon State 25-22, 19-25, 26-28, 25-20, 20-18.
For Reid, the 20 kills matched a career high, while Aigner-Swesey's 21 were a season-best for the senior as each finished with another double-double while reaching 20 kills for the first time this year. Meanwhile, the star for Oregon State was libero Becky Defoe, who finished with 35 digs to pace an Oregon State defense that finished with 83 digs on the night. The 49ers were led by their own libero, Tyler Jackson, who finished with 22 digs, two off of her career high.
Late controversy put a sour turn on a tremendous match from the team's two pin hitters. With Long Beach State leading 17-16, the top official blew play dead, and initially signaled the point towards LBSU, sending the 49er bench sprinting to the floor and the crowd wild. A reversal of that motion on a back-row block call handed the tying point back to Oregon State. The Beavers then regained the lead, and finished off the match with a 20-18 set five win.
That finished off a wild stretch for the 49ers, who had showed tremendous fight to that point. Despite Long Beach State taking an 8-6 lead to the switch, Oregon State rallied to take the lead at 12-11 on a kill from Lila Toner. The Beavers then had their first match point at 14-13, but Long Beach State would hold off three more before finally taking the lead at 17-16 on a service ace from Makayla Taylor.
Oregon State led the first set early, taking a 10-7 lead before a Long Beach State timeout. The 49ers rallied to take a 12-11 lead after a block from Aigner-Swesey and Joy Miley, and rode the wave of momentum out to an 18-13 lead. Up 21-16, the 49ers had the set in control, but Oregon State recovered, winning nine of the next ten points to take the set 25-22.
Long Beach State rebounded to take a 6-3 lead to start the second set, and Reid added an overpass kill to take a 9-4 lead. An ace from Aigner-Swesey put the 49ers up 19-16, and LBSU pushed out to 21-16 again in the second. The 49ers picked up a big block from Bre Mackie and Miley to sideout at 22-17, and went on to a 25-19 win.
It was the 49ers chance to turn the tables on Oregon State in the third set, as the Beavers took an early 7-4 lead. Long Beach State pulled to within one at 11-10, and tied the set at 13-13 on a Bre Mackie block, but were unable to get over the hump to take the lead. Oregon State eventually opened up a 21-17 lead, but the 49ers cut the lead to one at 22-21, and finally took their first lead of the set at 24-23 on an ace from Chelsea Cabrajac. The 49ers finally held out to take a 28-26 set three win after two errors from Laura Schaudt finished off the set.
Oregon State never trailed in the fourth, taking a 4-2 early lead. An ace from Cabrajac brought the 49ers back within two at 13-11. The Beavers scored five straight points from that score, however, and went on to win the set 25-20.
Long Beach State was winners in their first match of the day, beating Bakersfield in three sets. The 49ers finish the Baden Classic tomorrow evening, hosting Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m.