Oct. 26, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
The Long Beach State women’s volleyball team spent nearly the entire match out front on the way to a 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 sweep of rival UC Irvine on Saturday. The Beach extended its win streak to a season-long four matches with its second sweep in as many matches.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey led the 49ers (12-9, 5-3 Big West) with 11 kills on the night while Chisom Okpala had 10. Erin Juley tallied the double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs. Allison Lee led the Anteaters (11-11, 2-6 Big West) with 13 kills to go along with nine digs.
The Beach came out hot in the first set and never trailed although there were three ties. The latest tie came when a 49er attack went off the antenna to tie the set at 9-9. The Beach rattled off six consecutive points and never looked back as UC Irvine never came closer than three. Alex Reid’s five kills and Haleigh Hampton’s two solo blocks helped fuel the early win.
After surrendering the first point, the Beach went on to score the next four points to get out in front. They would stay there the rest of the set. The second set featured a very balanced attack with four 49ers tallying three kills in the set. Bre Mackie had three of her six in the second set while Hampton, Aigner-Swesey and Okpala each pitched in a trio of kills.
For the second set in a row, the Beach also stuffed four UC Irvine attacks. Hampton had three block assists in the set.
The service game also turned the 49ers way in the second set as UC Irvine three of its 10 total service errors in the set. The 49ers received two aces from Chelsea Cabrajac in the set and held a comfortable margin most of the way. An ace from Aly Squires and a kill from Lee brought the Anteaters back within one at 20-19 but Hampton put away a kill and blocked an attempt a bit later to keep the home team out in front. Eventually, it was Hampton who gave the 49ers the 2-0 advantage.
Okpala and Aigner-Swesey dominated the third set to send the Beach home with a sweep. The pair evenly split 12 of the 49ers 14 kills in the set. After surrendering the first point, the Beach rode the arms of Aigner-Swesey and Okpala to a quick 16-4 lead. From there the Beach coasted and quickly squashed any late comeback attempts as the lead reached double digits and never shrank to fewer than eight.
Next up, the Beach heads over to Hawai’i for a 10 p.m. (PT) matchup next Saturday.
With tonight’s win, Long Beach State now leads the Black And Blue Rivalry series 8-0.
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