Long Beach State Tops Lions in Three

Sophomore Rachelle Suaava had a career-high eight kills in the loss to Long Beach State.

Sept. 12, 2013

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU Volleyball team (3-4) suffered a sweep at the hands of Long Beach State (3-4) on Thursday in Gersten Pavilion, dropping the match by scores of 25-20, 25-13, 25-19. The Lions struggled to get the attack on track in the setback, hitting just .125 for the match, including .000 and .140 in the final two frames.

LBSU's Alex Reid led the way for the 49ers, collecting 10 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Erin Juley set the attack to a .298 hitting percentage, as Juley dished out 28 assists. Chisom Okpala proved to be one of the more reliable options for Juley, notching nine kills on 14 errorless swings for a stellar .643 clip. The 49ers also came on the block, totaling 10 team blocks, including five block assists each from Joy Miley and Bre Mackie.

Despite hitting just .065 for the match, junior Litara Keil led all players with 12 kills. Sophomore Rachelle Suaava, who like Keil hails from Long Beach, Calif., had a solid showing against her hometown team, posting a career-best eight kills on 12 swings for an impressive .500 clip. Betsi Metter once again led everyone with 16 digs.

Long Beach State took the opener behind five kills from Reid. The 49ers hit .242 in the period, as Delainey Aigner-Swesey managed four kills and two service aces to aid Reid. Keil continued her blistering start to 2013, posting eight kills on 14 swings to pace the Lions. Even at 14, Long Beach State scored a pair of points to claim a lead it would not relinquish and force the first of two Lion timeouts. The lead stretched to four at 23-19 on a Lion attack error before Long Beach State put the set away on a kill from Reid and another LMU attack error.

The 49ers ran away with the second set, hitting .323 and receiving four kills on 10 swings from Reid. As it did in the first set, Long Beach State posted three blocks and a pair of aces, this time with the aces coming off the hand of Tyler Jackson. The Lions, who hit .000, never led in the set after dropping the first three points of the period. The Lions managed to stay close at 15-12, but LBSU rattled off nine straight points to take a commanding 24-12 lead, capped by three straight kills from Reid.

Suaava came out swinging in the third set, notching six of her eight match kills in the final frame. Unfortunately for the Lions, the outburst was not enough, as LMU saw Long Beach State collect four blocks and hit .333 behind five kills on as many swings from Okpala en route to the sweep.

LMU will have a chance to right the ship in short order, returning to Gersten Pavilion tomorrow at 7 p.m. when it hosts Seattle University.




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