Sept. 27, 2012
Northridge, Calif. - Cal State Northridge had eight aces and held Long Beach State to just .120 hitting as the 49ers won the first set on the road in the Matadome, but dropped the next three to fall 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 to the Matadors in four sets.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey led Long Beach State (7-7, 2-1 Big West) with 14 kills, and Chisom Okpala had eight kills and eight blocks, but the 49ers were outblocked on the night 14.5 to ten, and surrendered eight aces and were forced into bad positions, eventually making 31 errors on the night. Junior setter Tara Roenicke finished with her sixth double-double of the season with 31 assists and 11 digs, and added six kills on the night.
Cal State Northridge (12-4, 3-1 Big West) was led by freshman Cieana Stinson, who finished with 18 kills on .387 hitting, while the Matadors' senior libero Cindy Ortiz made 29 digs, the most on either team.
Back-to-Back Ortiz aces gave Cal State Northridge an early 6-4 lead in set one, a wild back-and-forth affair with eight lead changes. The 49ers took the lead at 9-7 on a kill from Chisom Okpala, but five straight points capped by a kill from Mahina Haina put the Matadors on top 12-9. Long Beach State answered with a run of their own, taking a 13-12 lead on a kill from Aigner-Swesey, and eventually led 16-12 on an ace from Johnson before a sideout. CSUN came right back to tie the set at 16, however, and eventually took the lead at 21-20 on a dump from Sydney Gedryn. With the Matadors leading by two at 22-20, the 49ers tied the set on an overpass kill by Johnson, and pushing out to a 24-23 lead, another Johnson overpass kill on a serve from Libby Fontanilla gave the 49ers a 25-23 set one win.
Cal State Northridge opened the second set by scoring seven of the first nine points, finishing with a block from Gedryn and Casey Hinger. The 49ers pulled to within one at 9-8 following an error by Stinson, but quickly fell behind again, as the cushion grew to five on an ace by Sam Kaul at 14-9. Long Beach State made a second late push, forcing the Matadors to take both of their timeouts, eventually cutting a seven-point Northridge lead to two at 21-19, but the Matadors picked up a sideout and then scored three straight points of their own to finish the second set 25-19.
The Matadors opened an 8-5 lead in the third set, but Long Beach State answered back to tie the set at 8-8 on a dump from Roenicke and took the lead on a kill from Johnson. The 49ers would hand the lead back at 15-14 on a kill from Hinger, and tied 16-16, the Matadors scored six straight points before a LBSU sideout on the way to a 25-17 win.
Two blocks from Hinger and Gedryn gave the Matadors an early lead, but Long Beach State battled back and were able to make the set competitive late. Down by four at 16-12, the 49ers cut that lead in half with a kill from Okpala, and then eventually tied the set at 16-16 after an error from Haina. Long Beach State tied the set once more at 20-20 on a kill from Alex Reid, but Hinger answered to put the Matadors back out in front by two at 23-21, and CSUN finished off the match with a 25-21 win.
The road trip for the 49ers continues on Saturday, when Long Beach State plays No. 8 Hawaii in Honolulu at 10 p.m PT.
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