Nov. 24, 2012
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Sending back 10 blocks over just three sets, the 49ers closed out the regular season with a comfortable 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Cal Poly on the road. Chisom Okpala led the way for the 49ers with 13 kills on .346 hitting with six blocks on the night.
Senior Janisa Johnson finished with nine kills and 18 digs, leading the team defensively. Offensively, the 49ers were very efficient, with Tara Roenicke handing out 36 assists along while guiding the team to .299 hitting. Also with those digs, Roenicke ends up the season leading the Big West in assists, averaging 10.75 assists per set.
Senior Molly Pon picked up a kill for Cal Poly (4-26, 3-15 Big West) to give the Mustangs the lead, but Long Beach State (18-11, 13-5 Big West) answered right back to take a 6-5 lead, and pushed out to 8-5 after a kill from Alex Reid and a block from Bre Mackie and Reid. That lead opened to 14-7 on a Roenicke dump, and eventually Long Beach State led 20-12 on a block by Mackie and Tiara Wallace. The Mustangs scored four straight to cut the LBSU lead to four, but a kill from Reid stopped the run, and a fourth block of the set gave the 49ers a 25-18 win.
Taking the lead at 5-4 on an ace by Libby Fontanilla, Long Beach State opened another early lead in the second set, moving ahead by four on a kill by Mackie, and a Chelsea Cabrajac ace made the score 11-6. An ace from Pon cut the 49ers lead to 14-12, but four straight points by Long Beach State made the score 18-12, capped by a back-row kill from Tyler Jackson. That lead would hold the rest of the way on the way to a 25-19 scored.
Long Beach State started off set three on a 6-0 run, but the Mustangs cut the lead to two at 7-5 on a Holly Franks kill. Eventually pushing back out to a five point lead after a Cabrajac ace, Long Beach State reached 14-8 on a block by Reid and Okpala. With Long Beach State up 18-10, Cal Poly mounted a late push, forcing the 49ers to take a timeout at 18-15, but Roenicke picked up a sideout on a dump, and Long Beach State held on to finish off the set and the match 25-21.
Long Beach State finishes the regular season on a seven-match winning streak, going 18-11, and ends the season in second-place in the Big West with a 13-5 record in the conference.
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