Nov. 15, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Delainey Aigney-Swesey had 15 kills and hit .333 to lead the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team to a four-set win at UC Riverside on Friday. The Beach came back from seven points down in the fourth to avoid the deciding set and escape with the 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24 win.
The Beach put together a solid service game that boosted the 49ers to the 2-1 match advantage. The 49ers tallied eight aces in the first three sets – their third highest total of the season. Haleigh Hampton had three aces while Chelsea Cabrajac added in a pair to lead the Beach.
A seesaw set started the match with neither team leading by more than two points until the 49ers (14-11, 7-5 Big West) began pulling away at the end. Bre Mackie had four of her 14 kills to lead the beach while Ashley Cox started off with five of her 14 kills for the Highlanders (1-23, 0-13 Big West).
After a UC Riverside serve fell out of bounds, the Beach took a narrow 17-16 lead. Chelsea Cabrajac checked in to serve and would serve up the next eight points as the Beach ran away with the set. Her jump serve seemed to apply the pressure that the Beach needed to build a significant lead and eventually grab the set.
The second set was another back and forth affair but neither team pulled away this team. The Highlanders led 15-11 after an attack error on the Beach but the score was tied at 16-16 after a Mackie kill. The set featured 11 ties and five lead changes before a late spurt knotted up the match at 1-1. After Mackie’s ninth kill tied the set at 22-22, the Highlanders scored the next two points to get to set point and eventually came away with the win on a kill from Annishia McCoy.
The third set lacked the fireworks and dramatics of the other three sets as the Beach jumped out to an 11-3 lead and cruised to the 25-17 win. Cabrajac was again the server for seven straight points that fueled the early lead.
Eleven more ties and four more lead changes would take place before the match would be decided. The Highlanders came out with emotion and tried to force a fifth set for the first time in their Big West season. Early on, it looked like the Highlanders would cruise into a fifth set. Their lead reached as much as seven points at 15-8 before a Beach comeback.
Four Beach kills were part of a six-point run that brought the 49ers back within two. They erased the lead at 16-16 and took an 18-17 lead on a kill from Erin Juley. Juley finished with six kills in the match to go along with her 53 assists. She dished out her 1,000th assist of the season during the match.
The teams would stay close over the next few points and another kill from McCoy set up a set point for the Highlanders. A sideout came in the form of the eighth Highlander service error of the match and the Beach took advantage. And Alex Reid kill gave match point to the 49ers and Aigner-Swesey followed suit with the clinching kill.
McCoy finished with 13 kills for the Highlanders while Tyler Dorsey also tallied 13. Cox had a double-double with 16 digs to go along with her 15 kills.
The 49ers are back in action tomorrow at Cal State Fullerton for a 7:30 p.m. match.
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