Sept. 28, 2013
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Long Beach State's Chisom Okpala had 11 kills on .588 hitting, but didn't have enough help as the 49ers were missing junior opposite Bre Mackie against Cal Poly, and the Mustangs prevailed 25-18, 27-25, 25-23 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Alex Reid added 10 kills for Long Beach State (8-7, 1-1 Big West), while Chelsea Cabrajac had a career-high seven kills while helping to fill in for Mackie. The 49ers hit .225 overall as a team, but had just five blocks and surrendered .347 hitting to the Mustangs.
The 49ers fell behind early in the first set, dropping into a 6-2 deficit. Two aces from Jennifer Keddy helped the Mustangs push out to a 14-7 lead. That cushion held the rest of the way as the Cal Poly (8-7, 2-0 Big West) took the first set 25-18.
The second set was much closer, as Okpala got the 49ers out to a good start with a pair of early kills. The 49ers held onto the lead until a 49er error gave Cal Poly a one-point edge at 13-12. Both teams continued to fight back and forth, and Long Beach State took a 23-22 lead after a Cal Poly service error. Tiara Wallace picked up a kill to give the 49ers a set point at 24-23, but a sideout and a block from Keddy and Chelsea Hardin put the Mustangs on top, and Cal Poly eventually won the set 27-25.
In the third set, Cal Poly opened up a big lead through the middle of the set, pushing out to a 14-8 lead on a kill from Jennifer Keddy. The 49ers brought in freshman Taylor Johnson at that point, and the 49ers worked back into the action. With Cabrajac serving following a kill from Delainey Aigner-Swesey, Long Beach State was able to pull even at 16-16 with an ace from the junior. The 49ers eventually took a 21-19 lead on a Cal Poly error, but the Mustangs tied the set at 22-22 on a Chelsea Hardin kill and pushed two more points, eventually winning 25-23.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid next week for a marquee matchup with No. 6 Hawai'i on Friday, October 4th. That match will start at 8 p.m. and be televised live on Fox Sports West.
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