Beach Suffers Sweep at No. 23 Cal Poly
Playing its third match of the week, LBSU suffered a 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 loss on Saturday evening at Cal Poly.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Beach made a quick turnaround to take on No. 23 Cal Poly on Saturday evening, suffering a 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 loss at Mott Gym. The host Mustangs improved to 19-2 and a perfect 9-0 in Big West matches while Long Beach State fell to 6-17 overall and 3-7 in conference action.
Sophomore Hailey Harward led Long Beach State in kills and digs, with nine and seven, respectively. Megan Kruidhof and Monika Simkova each added seven kills with the latter hitting at an impressive .417 clip. Emma Kirst had five kills on just seven swings for a .714 hitting percentage on the night. Senior setter Alexis Patterson had 29 assists, five digs and a pair of aces.
Cal Poly led wire-to-wire in the opening set, going up 5-2 early and eventually building a 17-10 advantage. The Mustangs continued their methodical approach, winning five of the final seven points to close out the win, out-hitting LBSU .440 to .094 in the frame.
LBSU got things going offensively in the second, getting four kills from both Harward and Kruidhof while Simkova came off the bench to add three kills of her own. The teams were tied at 11-11, but the Mustangs were eventually able to pull away, utilizing a 9-3 run to take a 23-16 lead.
Simkova added three more kills on just four swings in the third set, but Cal Poly hit a blistering .500 in the frame to close out the win. The Beach had it close at 13-12, but CP would go on a 9-2 run to put the set out of reach.
Long Beach State returns home for a pair of matches next weekend, hosting UC Davis on Friday and UC Irvine on Saturday. Both matches will start at 7 p.m. at Walter Pyramid.
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