Oct. 29, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State picked up another important win in their quest for the Big West championship, defeating Cal State Northridge 25-18, 25-13, 25-19. Freshman middle blocker Alma Serna led the 49ers with 11 kills on .688 hitting with no errors, as Long Beach State extended their winning streak to eight straight matches.
The 49ers hit .322 overall in the three-set victory while holding the Matadors to .064 hitting in a balanced night offensively, with setter Erin Juley making 30 assists for the 25-18, 25-13, 25-19. Freshman middle blocker Alma Serna led the 49ers with 11 kills on .688 hitting with no errors.
The 49ers hit .322 overall in the three-set victory while holding the Matadors to .064 hitting in a balanced night offensively, with setter Erin Juley making 30 assists for the 49ers. Lauren Minkel made 14 digs to lead the defense, while the 49ers had ten total blocks, led by Hampton who had two solo blocks and four block assists.
Down early after some calls went against the 49ers in the first set, Long Beach State rallied to tie the set at 7-7 on a Janisa Johnson kill our of the back row. Tied 11-11, Long Beach State pushed out to a lead by scoring five out of the next six points, with Hampton ripping a bad tip back across for a kill to move ahead 16-12. Bre Mackie hit a kill from the right side to push one more point for a 21-16 lead, and Long Beach State took the first set 25-18.
In the second, Long Beach State never trailed in a dominant set. Aigner-Swesey had two kills as the 49ers scored the first three points, and a block by Hampton and Erin Juley gave the 49ers a 6-2 lead. An ace by Hampton put the 49ers ahead by six at 8-2, and the 49ers would hold that cushion for most of the set. Leading 16-10, the 49ers would push to a 20-12 lead and eventually win the set 25-13 on .435 hitting and four kills from Serna.
Cal State Northridge came out of the locker room with a better start, and took a 4-1 lead in the third set. Down 10-5 and leading to the first 49er timeout, Long Beach State was able to find Serna, and then another Serna kills capped a run that brought the 49ers to within one at 11-10. A Mackie kill tied the set, and then a block by Mackie and Hampton gave the 49ers their first lead since 1-0 at 13-12. An Aigner-Swesey kill put the 49ers on top 16-13, and then Long Beach State then closed out the set and the match with a 25-19 win.
The next three matches for the 49ers are all on the road, as Long Beach State heads to Cal State Fullerton for a rivalry match on Saturday, Nov. 5 before making their swing up to Northern California to face Pacific and UC Davis. The next home match for the 49ers will be against UC Irvine on Saturday, November 19.
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