Nov. 8, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Tara Roenicke finished with her first triple-double, setting a career high with 11 kills on .360 hitting along with 43 assists and 14 digs as the 49ers defeated Cal State Fullerton 25-19, 25-27, 25-21, 25-20. Roenicke helped the 49ers to .230 team hitting as Long Beach State rebounded from the team's first loss to the Titans in 30 years.
Roenicke's triple effort, along with 17 kills from Chisom Okpala and 16 from Janisa Johnson helped the 49ers offset Cal State Fullerton's Kayla Neto, who had 25 kills to lead the Titans. Johnson also had 16 digs, recording her sixth consecutive double-double while freshman Tiara Wallace added five kills on .556 hitting and seven blocks to the LBSU effort.
An ace from Johnson helped the 49ers take a 9-6 lead, but the Titans (13-13, 7-6 Big West) came back to tie the set at 11, and the teams traded sideouts from there. An error by the Titans following a dump from Roenicke gave the 49ers an 18-16 lead, and the 49ers pushed two more points to take a 20-16 lead on a kill from Okpala. Johnson's eighth kill of the set put the 49ers up by five at 23-18, and a ninth kill from the senior in the opening set ended it 25-19.
Long Beach State (14-11, 9-5 Big West) fell behind early in the second set 4-1, and while they pulled even five times, the 49ers were never able to take the lead. Down 22-18 in the second, the 49ers blocked two balls in a row, and a Wallace redirect cut the lead to one. With the Titans serving set point at 24-22, a service error and an Okpala kill tied the set, but after two more set points, the Titans finally pushed a point to take a 27-25 set two win.
The 49ers opened up the first lead in the third set, taking an 11-7 lead after a block by Bre Mackie and Roenicke along with a Roenicke kill. The Titans were able to fight back and tie the set after a pair of kills from Neto, but an error by Neto and a Mackie kill put LBSU back in front by two at 21-19. An Alex Reid kill put the 49ers on top at 23-20, and after another Roenicke kill for set point, Okpala returned an overpass for a 25-21 set three win.
Following a wild scramble a kill from libero Libby Fontanilla, who led the 49ers with 18 digs, gave Long Beach State a 7-4 lead in the final set. A lucky foot kick helped the Titans cut the lead to one at 12-11, and a Neto kill tied the set at 13-13. The 49ers pushed back out in front 15-13 on a block from the team's freshmen in Wallace and Reid, and Roenicke's 10th kill of the match kept that two-point lead. The Titans cut the 49er advantage back to one point at 22-21 one last time, but another kill from Roenicke stopped the Cal State Fullerton momentum, and the 49ers took the final three points to with the set and the match 25-20.
Roenicke's triple-double was the first for Long Beach State since October 17, 2010, when Ashley Lee finished with an extremely rare quadruple-double en route to National Player of the Week honors.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, facing UC Riverside at 7:30 p.m. following the Men's Basketball game against North Alabama.
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