Nov. 12, 2011
Davis, Calif. - Senior Caitlin Ledoux had one of her best all around matches of the season, making 20 kills and a season-high 16 digs as the 49ers defeated UC Davis in four sets 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21.
With 19 digs on the night, senior libero Lauren Minkel passed Tara Cross for second place in the Long Beach State record books for career digs. Cross finished her career with 1,578, and Minkel now has 1584 with four matches to go plus the NCAA Tournament.
Setter Erin Juley finished with a pair of aces and 43 assists while leading the team to .240 hitting on the night, just missing a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore Haleigh Hampton was second on the team with eight kills, and added nine total blocks as she also just missed a double-double. Janisa Johnson finished the night third on the team in digs, also reaching double-figures with 13 digs while adding seven kills on .333 hitting, including a key one down the stretch in set four.
Long Beach State took an early lead in set one behind a pair of blocks from Hampton, and eventually stretched the advantage to 8-4 after Ledoux put way an overpass. UC Davis answered back though, and forced a very close set. Tied 11-11 after a back-row kill from Allison Whitson, a kill from Devon Damelio put the Aggies on top 13-12. Long Beach State retook the lead at 16-15 on a Ledoux ace, but a block from Betsy Sedlak and Jenny Woolway gave the lead back to the Aggies. Trailing 22-21 after an ace from UC Davis libero Caroline Mercado, Long Beach State found Ledoux for two straight kills, and got two more points to take a 25-22 first set lead.
UC Davis scored the first three points in set two, and eventually took a 7-3 lead on a kill from Katie Denny. Long Beach State tied the set at 9-9 on a Hampton kill, and found the sophomore middle blocker for the team's first lead at 13-12. Taking a 16-12 lead after two Ledoux kills, Long Beach State eventually took a 21-15 lead on another Ledoux kill. Leading 23-17, however, UC Davis was able to turn around the set. An ace by Kaitlyn Plum chipped the lead in half, and a second ace made the score 23-22. Tied 23-23 on an error from Aigner-Swesey, the Aggies regained the lead on an Allison Whitson kill, and finished off the rally by winning 25-23.
Long Beach State took a 5-2 lead on two service aces from Janisa Johnson, but UC Davis recovered to take a 9-8 lead on a kill from Betsy Sedlak. The 49ers moved back on top 11-10 on an error from Whitson, and eventually pushed to a 15-12 lead on an ace from Hampton. Two more aces, back-to-back ones from Juley, put the 49ers on top 18-14. Again leading 23-17, Long Beach State avoided their second-set slip and put away the Aggies with two straight blocks from Hampton and Juley.
The fourth set was the closest yet, as neither team took a significant lead until a Whitson error put the 49ers in front by three points at 11-8. Leading 16-11 after Aigner-Swesey put away an overpass, the Aggies were again able to rally, pulling to within one at 16-15 after a block from Sedlak and Damelio. A Johnson kill gave the 49ers a sideout to stop the run, and the 49ers took a 22-19 lead on Ledoux's 20th a final kill. A kill from Johnson put the 49ers in front at 24-21, and a block by Mackie and Hampton ended the match with a 25-21 49er victory.
The 49ers finish Big West Conference play next weekend, when Long Beach State hosts UC Irvine at 7 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, November 19.
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