Oct. 28, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Delainey Aigner-Swesey finished with 12 kills for Long Beach State as the 49ers defeated UC Riverside in three sets 25-23, 25-23, 25-16 on Friday night. Haleigh Hampton added nine kills on .313 hitting as the sophomores led the way for Long Beach State.
Aigner-Swesey hit .400, best on the team on Friday night, while leading the 49ers in kills for the fourth time this season.
The 49ers were held to .167 hitting, but held the Highlanders to .120 hitting in a defensive battle. Libero Lauren Minkel and junior Janisa Johnson led Long Beach State with 11 digs each on the way to 40 for the team, six more than UC Riverside, who were led by Amanda Vialpando who had a double-double with 14 digs and 10 kills.
Tied at 10-10 in the first set, Long Beach State took their first significant lead at 13-10 following two straight aces from Tyler Jackson. Two more aces increased the 49er lead to 18-14, but the Highlanders answered with an ace of their own and a block from Shelby LeDuff and Annishia McKoy to tie the set. The Highlanders picked up another 4-0 run, capped by a Kristin Van Dongen ace to eventually take a 23-21 lead. Long Beach State stopped the run with a sideout, and tied the set with a block from Hampton and Bre Mackie as part of a four-point push that closed out the set 25-23. Long Beach State only hit .094 on the set, but were helped by four aces and five UCR service errors to make up the difference.
Long Beach State took the first lead of another close set in the second, as Erin Juley found Caitlin Ledoux with a sliding set to give the 49ers an 11-8 lead. UC Riverside answered back with a run of their own, as the Highlanders got a kill from Bianca Endersby to take a 13-12 lead. The 49ers moved back on top with a kill from Aigner-Swesey at 15-14, but the set would remain close. Tied at 23-23, Long Beach State went to Aigner-Swesey for her fourth kill of the set, and then a block from the sophomore outside along with Hampton gave the 49ers another 25-23 win.
In the third set, Long Beach State took an early lead at 5-2 on a Hampton kill, and would eventually push to 13-9 on a kill from Aigner-Swesey. UC Riverside was able to side out, but Long Beach State would push six straight points, three coming from UCR attack errors and one on a massive block from Hampton and Juley to take a 19-10 lead. The Highlanders would pull a little closer down the stretch, but Long Beach State would hold most of their cushion to take a 25-16 win and grab the victory.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday night, when they host Cal State Northridge. That match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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