Beach Cruises to Sweep of Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State earned its third straight home victory with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-21 sweep of Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. Megan Kruidhof had 11 kills and the Beach held the Titans to -.010 hitting.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - It was a productive evening for Long Beach State (9-19, 6-9 Big West) on Saturday as the Beach picked up a comfortable 25-16, 25-14, 25-21 sweep of visiting Cal State Fullerton (5-22, 1-13 Big West) at Walter Pyramid. LBSU held the Titans in the negative in two of the three sets, resulting in a -.010 hitting percentage for the visitors in the match.
Junior Megan Kruidhof led the way with 11 kills, including five in the first set. Emma Kirst had seven kills on .600 hitting and Radi Marinova chipped in seven kills as well. Sophomore Hailey Harward had a nice all-around effort with six kills, 11 digs, six blocks, three assists and three aces. LBSU had seven aces on the match compared to just two for the Titans. Senior libero Rachel Nieto matched her career high in digs with 22, which she set yesterday in a five-set win over UC Riverside. Freshman setter Mina Andjelkovic dished out 29 assists and had a pair of aces.
The Beach took the opening set with a methodical effort to pull away. The teams were tied at 8-8 until LBSU went on a 7-2 run to hold a 15-10 advantage. LBSU took its largest lead at nine on an ace from Harward to win the opening set, 25-16. Harward had three kills, three digs, two aces, an assist and a block in the opening frame.
Long Beach State kept things rolling into set two, taking a quick 5-1 lead to force a Titans timeout. The Beach then used a pair of 4-0 spurts to lead 14-6 on back-to-back kills from Kirst. The lead grew to double-digits thanks to a 5-0 Beach run sparked by Andjelkovic, putting Long Beach State on top 21-11. The freshman setter recorded a kill, then had two service aces during the run to help the Beach put Fullerton away.
Fullerton held a lead in the third set at 16-14, but LBSU was able to re-focus and go on a 5-0 run to regain control of the game. Nieto recorded an impressive 11 digs in the set, and the Beach had four blocks to hold Fullerton in the negative, led by three from Harward.
Just one match remains on the Long Beach State schedule, next Saturday at home against CSUN. First serve against the Matadors will be at 7 p.m. on Senior Night at Walter Pyramid.
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