Oct. 6, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Delainey Aigner-Swesey led the 49ers in both kills and digs on Saturday night as Long Beach State defeated Pacific in straight sets 25-16, 26-24, 25-18.
With 19 digs, two solo blocks and eight kills, Aigner-Swesey had the most well-rounded night of a balanced night for the 49ers as a whole, who hit .204 but primarily got the job done on defense, making nine blocks and 58 digs while taking advantage of 27 hitting errors and 12 service errors by the Tigers.
Pacific (15-3, 3-2) was led by Kat Schulz who finished with 12 kills, while Long Beach State (9-8, 4-2) had four players with five or more kills in addition to Aigner-Swesey.
The 49ers never trailed in the first set, taking a 6-3 lead on a kill by Mackie, and then eventually pushing to a four point lead at 12-8 on a dump by Tara Roenicke. Leading 17-11 on a Pacific hitting error, the 49ers eventually took a 23-15 lead before winning the set 25-16.
Long Beach State took their first lead in the second set at 6-5, but a bad set gave the lead right back at 8-6 for Pacific. Finding Aigner-Swesey for a pair of kills, Long Beach State led 9-8, and held a two point cushion until an ace from Kimmy Whitson tied the set at 15-15. With the 49ers leading 19-18 following an ace from Janisa Johnson, the Tigers rallied to move ahead by three points at 23-20 on a kill from Schulz.
Trailing 24-21, a service error gave the serve back to the 49ers, and Long Beach State would tie the set on a block from Serna and Johnson at 24-24. LBSU scored two more points out of the timeout, capped by a solo block from Johnson to take a comeback 26-24 win, scoring the last five points of the set.
Long Beach State took their first lead in the final set at 4-3, but never again trailed in the match. Moving to an 8-4 lead with an ace by Tyler Jackson and an Aigner-Swesey kill. The Tigers would eventually pull to within two at 15-14 on an error by Johnson, but Long Beach State would score the next five points to take a 21-14 lead, and took the final set 25-18.
The 49ers will play their next three matches on the road, starting out with UC Riverside on Thursday, October 11. The next home match for the 49ers will be on Friday, October 26, when the 49ers face No. 7 Hawaii.
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