Nov. 23, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - For the second time this season the Long Beach State women's volleyball took care of UC Irvine in sweeping fashion. The Beach took the short trip to Irvine and came away with the 25-21, 25-18, 25-23 win on Saturday.
Long Beach State (16-11, 9-5 Big West) was dominant at the net, putting up 11 blocks and limiting the Anteaters (14-14, 5-9 Big West) to a .152 hitting percentage on the evening. On the other side of the net, the Beach hit .250 and was over .300 in two of the three sets.
Bre Mackie and Chisom Okpala were the leaders in efficiency on the attack as both hit .500 for the night. Mackie put down eight kills on 16 swings while Okpala's nine kills came on 16 tries with one miscue. Delainey Aigner-Swesey led everyone with 12 kills on .143 hitting.
All three sets seemed to follow similar story lines as the night unfolded. Each set was tightly contested at the beginning with UC Irvine emerging as the early leaders. The Anteaters were up 7-4 in the first, 7-5 in the second and 13-10 in the third. However, the 49ers erased those slight leads almost as fast as they were built and continued pulling away as the set progressed.
Late UCI runs were a part of the similar story lines as they momentarily avoided the clinching point in the first and second sets and pulled within one late in the third. The 49ers were able to shut the door on the hosts' rallies to secure their seventh sweep of the season.
Aigner-Swesey was just shy of a double-double with nine digs to accompany her 12 kills. Erin Juley did post a double-double with 34 assists and 12 digs. Tyler Jackson reached double figures with 11 digs. Of the 49ers 11 team blocks, Haleigh Hampton contributed to eight. She had one solo and seven assisted with five kills.
Aly Squires led the Anteaters with 11 kills while Shannon Fleming pitched in nine. Squires also had 11 digs while Arden Davis had a match-high 13 digs.
The 49ers are back home next week to wrap up the 2013 regular season. They will host UC Santa Barbara on Friday and Cal Poly on Saturday. Both matches are slotted for 7 p.m.
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