Nov. 8, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Four players reached double digit kills and the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team came away with 11 team blocks on the way to a four-set win over visiting UC Davis on Friday. The Beach (13-10, 6-4 Big West) just edged the Aggies (14-10, 6-5 Big West) for all three set wins in the 27-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23 victory.
“We played very well at certain parts of the game,” said head coach Brian Gimmillaro. “There were several parts that we played very well at tonight and then there were parts that we didn’t. Tonight, serving was not a part we did well, but we played well enough in other areas in order to win the game and that’s what sports are about.”
The 49ers did have 12 serving errors in the match but hit a solid .288 in the match and blocked 11 attacks to hold UC Davis to .259 hitting on the night.
Delainey Aigner-Swesey came out blazing in the first set and carried the 49ers to the opening win. She put away 10 of her team-high 17 kills in the first set alone to keep the hosts in the set. The 49ers trailed for the majority of the set until the very end. Aigner-Swesey took 16 swings in the opening set to keep the Beach close. While facing a 25-24 set point, Okpala put down her first kill of the night to tie the set at 25-25. It was the eighth tie of the night.
A UC Davis error set up the 49ers with their first lead of the night and Okpala ended the next UC Davis with a block to give the Beach the early advantage in the match. The clinching block was the fourth of the set for the Beach.
The second set featured a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than three points. The set was tied 17 times and saw the lead change hands eight times. However, the Beach were able to score the last three points of the set to sneak away with the win and the 2-0 advantage.
Both teams hit well with the Aggies hitting .295 in the set and the 49ers hitting in at a .395 clip. Bre Mackie led the charge as the teams traded blows, putting down six kills and just seven attempts. Erin Juley came up with some big plays as her sneak attacks found the floor four times. It was Juley’s fourth kill that gave the Beach set point at 24-23. She had back-to-back kills earlier in the set that turned a deficit into an advantage for the 49ers.
UC Davis had a three-pronged attack in the second set that combined for 16 kills. Mary Schroeder put away six of her match-high 20 kills while Devon Demelio and Valerie Brain had five a piece in the set.
The Aggies put any thoughts of a Beach sweep away early as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead to start and stayed out in front on the way to the 25-19 win. Six kills from Victoria Lee led the Aggies on a .303 hitting charge while the Beach hit just .077.
The majority of the fourth set was spent with the Beach out in front. It seemed as though every UC Davis run was answered before momentum completely switched sides. The Beach never trailed after the initial point but did have to fight through a few early ties.
Chisom Okpala and Alex Reid evenly split 12 of the Beach’s 17 kills in the set to lead the clinching effort. Reid hit .600 in the last set without making an error. She was one of four Beach players in double digits for the night. She ended the match with 13 kills, including the match-winning kill on a tip over the block, while Okpala added in 10 kills. Aigner-Swesey led the way with 17 and Mackie had 14 kills. Both Aigner-Swesey and Reid tallied double-doubles as did Erin Juley with 50 assists and 11 digs.
Tyler Jackson had a match-high 17 digs for the Beach.
Schroeder led the Aggies with 20 kills on the night and was one of four Aggies in double digits. Valerie Brain put away 11 kills and Devon Demelio had 15 kills. Victoria Lee’s late surge gave her 14 kills for the night.
The 49ers are back in the Pyramid tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. match with nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge.
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