Oct. 10, 2013
NORTHRDIGE, Calif. - Freshman Joy Miley recorded a career-high 13 kills but the Long Beach State volleyball team fell 25-22, 15-25, 25-16, 25-19 on the road at Cal State Northridge. The Matadors (14-3, 3-0 Big West) used 15 team blocks to help fuel the win.
Miley led the Beach (8-9, 1-3 Big West) with 13 kills, seven of which came in the second set, to set a new high. She previously had a career-high of 12 kills at San Francisco. Chisom Okpala joined her in double digit kills with 11.
The Matadors took the early lead with a 25-22 first set win. Natalie Allen powered the hosts to the win with five kills in the set. She ended the match with 11 kills.
The second set went to the visitors behind big sets from Okpala and Miley. The pair combined for 12 of the 49ers 19 kills in the set as they never trailed en route to tying things up at one set a piece and sprinting away at the end for a decisive victory.
Cal State Northridge immediately changed the momentum at the beginning of the third set, building a 12-4 lead. However, the Beach came roaring back. Tyler Jackson served eight consecutive points as the Beach tied things up at 12-12.
After a Matador timeout, the hosts strung together a couple runs to jump way back out in front and rebuilt the eight point lead at 21-13. They eventually traded the last few points for a 25-16 win. The fourth set was a battle on both sides with 10 ties and four lead changes before the hosts sealed the victory.
The Matadors play at the net ended up being the difference in the set. Seven of their 15 blocks in the match came in the set, which they won with six points. Casey Hinger and Sydney Gedryn led the block party with each getting their hands on seven attacks. The Beach had six blocks over the four sets with Haleigh Hampton and Okpala each having three total blocks.
Mahina Haina recoded 10 of her match-high 16 kills over the final two sets to lead the hosts. Chelsea Cabarjac was just shy of a double-double with seven kills and a match-high 15 digs. Erin Juley distributed 43 assists for the Beach.
Long Beach State heads north to UC Davis for its next match on Saturday at 8 p.m.
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