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Beach Women's Volleyball Cruises Past CSUN, 3-0

Oct. 15, 2016

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Long Beach, Calif. - A week after knocking off No. 12 Hawai'i, Long Beach State (13-7, 7-0 Big West) looked focused and prepared on Saturday night at Walter Pyramid, remaining unbeaten in conference play with a 3-0 win. The Beach took care of business with a dominant 25-14, 25-21, 25-15 sweep of visiting CSUN (6-12, 2-4 Big West), pushing LBSU's winning streak to seven straight matches.

The Beach hit a season-best .425 in the match, spreading the ball around to several targets. Setter Missy Owens had five hitters record six or more kills, while she herself had a double-double with 33 assists and 10 digs. Ashley Murray was the only 49er in double-figures, recording 10 kills on a season-best .643 hitting.

Nele Barber finished one kill shy of a double-double, with nine kills and 12 digs. Peyton Grahovac was very efficient, putting away six kills on just eight swings (.750 hitting). Sophomore Megan Kruidhof got the start on Saturday and was productive, recording six kills with a .333 hitting percentage on the outside.

LBSU's defense held the Matadors to a -.073 hitting percentage in the opening set, allowing the Beach to run away with a comfortable win. Murray had three kills and four digs in the frame, and a 10-2 Long Beach run really swung control of the set as the Beach took a 16-11 edge. LBSU kept its foot on the gas, finishing the set with a 7-0 run, capped off by one of two service aces on the night from freshman Morgan Dewyer.

In set two, the Beach pulled away in the early stages with a 7-0 run to lead 14-8. Later a kill and a roof by Murray on consecutive points put the Beach up 18-10, and the lead would eventually swell to 21-10. That set up CSUN's best stretch in the match, an 11-1 run to pull the Matadors within 22-21. Fortunately for the Beach, Barber delivered a kill to end the run and LBSU won three straight points to close out the set, 25-21.

Set three saw the Beach still in control. After a 6-0 run it was 16-9 Beach, then Owens got the chance to record some kills of her own. The sophomore setter executed a dump, then on the very next point got to take a swing, recording consecutive kills to put the Beach up 19-10 and force a CSUN timeout. A kill from YiZhi Xue in the middle ended the match as the Beach registered its sixth sweep of the season.

Next up is a crucial weekend road trip, with matches at UC Santa Barbara (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Cal Poly (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

 

 

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