Beach Suffers 3-1 Defeat at UC Davis
LBSU fell on the road at UC Davis, suffering its first ever loss to UC Davis.
DAVIS, Calif. - Long Beach State tried to battle out of an 0-2 hole on Saturday night at The Pavilion, but host UC Davis was able to pull out a 25-13, 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 victory in Big West action. LBSU falls to 5-14 on the season and 2-4 in conference matches while UC Davis improves to 9-9, going 1-4 in Big West play. This is the first time UC Davis has defeated Long Beach State in women’s volleyball as the Aggies are now 1-25 against the Beach.
Junior Megan Kruidhof led Long Beach State with 14 kills on the night while adding four blocks. Redshirt junior Emma Kirst had her best match of her Long Beach State career, collecting eight kills on .500 hitting, filling the stat sheet with seven digs and six blocks. Freshman Mina Andjelkovic came off the bench to lead LBSU with 30 assists and Hailey Harward had a team-high 13 digs along with Long Beach’s only ace of the night.
LBSU got off to a slow start hitting in the negative in the first set, but the block was solid early for the Beach. Kirst had four blocks in the opening frame and LBSU had 5.0 blocks as a team. Kruidhof had four of LBSU’s five kills in that opening set, but Davis was in command on their home court.
Kirst had three kills on three swings in the second set to try to help Long Beach even things up, but an early 7-2 lead for UC Davis was too much to overcome. A 3-0 Beach run made it 20-17 UC Davis and caused the Aggies to use a timeout, but the hosts scored five straight to close out the set and lead 2-0.
For the second straight match, Long Beach State responded after intermission to win set three, as Kruidhof chipped in four more kills and Monika Simkova added three in the third. The Beach benefitted from 10 Aggies hitting errors in set three, while on the other side LBSU committed just two errors. The set was tied at 21-21, but a key 3-0 run put Long Beach on the doorstep. Eventually it was a double block by Andjelkovic and Kirst that ended the set in LBSU’s favor.
UC Davis raced out to a 6-1 lead in set four, one that Long Beach would eventually neutralize. LBSU pulled within two at 15-13 as Harward served a 4-0 run, capped with an ace, then the Beach got things level at 19-all. The Aggies answered with a 3-0 run and scored six of the next seven points to secure the win.
Long Beach State returns home to Walter Pyramid to host Hawai’i on Friday night at 7 p.m. The match will be shown live on ESPNU.
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