Nov. 16, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - It all turned around in the second set for the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team and it went on to defeat Cal State Fullerton on the road 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20. After stumbling in the first set, the Beach seemed to catch fire and rode the captured momentum to the four-set win. The defensive play of the 49ers (15-11, 7-5 Big West) both at the net and in the back row fueled the comeback win.
Despite dropping the first set, it was a small run at the end of the set that helped momentum start swinging the 49ers way. The Titans (10-15, 3-10 Big West) came up with set point at 24-17. The Beach blocked the next Cal State Fullerton attack, then blocked another and another. A fourth consecutive block gave the 49ers five in the set before a Titan sideout ended it.
The Beach went on to correct some errors in the second set, mainly in the attack. The 49ers hit .188 in the first set loss but responded in the second set by hitting .317. Delainey Aigner-Swesey pounded down nine kills in the second set alone without making an error. Through the first two sets, Aigner-Swesey tallied 13 kills and made no errors for a .433 hitting percentage.
Aigner-Swesey finished the night with 16 kills but had a career night on the other side of the net. She tallied a career-high 27 digs while getting five total blocks (two solo, three assisted). Bre Mackie also had five block assists while Haleigh Hampton had five block assists to go along with one solo block.
The 49ers blocked 14 Titan attempts to limit the hosts to a .173 hitting percentage. The Beach hit at a .240 clip for the match with four players tallying double digit kills. Cal State Fullerton also had four players that accounted for all but three of its kills in the match.
Aigner-Swesey’s 16 kills led the 49ers with Mackie and Chisom Okpala putting down 11. Alex Reid had 10 kills. Hampton had five kills on eight swings.
On the other side, Bre Moreland led the Titans all the way around the rotation. She had 20 kills, 19 digs and a pair of blocks. Holland Crenshaw had 14 kills while Alyse Hensley and Faith Rockmore each had 13. The quartet combined for 60 of the Titans’ 63 kills and took all but 19 of their swings.
After winning the second set, the Beach came away with back-to-back 25-20 decisions to clinch the match. Cal State Fullerton hit under .200 in three of the four sets and had eight service errors.
Long Beach State remains on the road next week as it travels to UC Irvine next Saturday for a 7 p.m. match.
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