Nov. 3, 2012
Davis, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Janisa Johnson picked up her 11th double-double of the season, finishing with 19 kills and 25 digs and leading the 49ers in both categories as Long Beach State defeated UC Davis on the road 25-20, 28-26, 21-25, 25-15.
Johnson also finished with seven assists, two blocks and an ace in an outstanding individual effort that highlighted a strong all-around night for the entire team. Setter Tara Roenicke made 54 assists and seven kills while guiding the 49ers to .317 hitting on the night, while Chisom Okpala (16), Bre Mackie (12) and Alex Reid (10) all finished in double figures in kills on the night for Long Beach State (13-11, 8-5 Big West).
Featuring a matchup of two outstanding seniors, Johnson was able to outpace the Aggies' Allison Whitson, who made 19 kills as well and 13 digs.
The 49ers opened up their first lead with an Alex Reid kill at 6-4, but Whitson tied the set at 9-9. Long Beach State was able to hold the lead however, and tied at 17-17, the 49ers went in front for good with a Roenicke kill at 18-17. A solo block from Chisom Okpala gave the 49ers a 20-19 lead, and a kill from Bre Mackie gave the 49ers a 23-19 lead on the way to a 25-20 first set win.
UC Davis (13-13, 7-6 Big West) returned the favor in the second set, taking an early lead at 10-7 behind Whitson, and while the 49ers picked up a number of ties, Long Beach State seemed unable to push into the lead. Tied at 18, the Aggies took a 20-18 lead after a pair of 49er miscues, and a solo block by Valerie Brian put the Aggies on top 23-20. Long Beach State pulled even once more with the Aggies following two Mackie kills at 23-23, and fought off three set points before Johnson put away two kills to finish long rallies on the way to at 28-26 win. Johnson finished with 11 kills in the second.
The Aggies took an early lead in the third set, and while the 49ers pulled ahead at 12-11 following two straight blocks, the lead was brief. UC Davis moved back in front at 13-12, and a kill by Katie Quinn gave the Aggies a 16-13 lead. A third block in the set by Okpala cut the UC Davis lead to one at 19-18, but the 49ers were unable to get the tie in the latter part of the set. Down 22-21, the 49ers lost three straight points in a 25-21 loss.
Opening up a 7-3 lead early on a kill from Mackie, an ace by Roenicke and a kill by Johnson expanded the 49ers lead to 16-10. Never trailing, the 49ers scored the final four points in a 25-15 win to take the set and finish the weekend with a pair of wins.
Johnson finished the weekend with 38 kills and 47 digs, averaging 4.75 kills and 5.88 digs per set.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid next week, hosting Cal State Fullerton on November 8 at 7 p.m., the first of three straight home games for the 49ers.
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