No. 4 Long Beach State Splits on the Opening Day of the Season

1/9/2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Long Beach State started off the season Friday at the Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational with a split in Santa Barbara. The 49ers defeated UC Irvine 3-0 in the opener, but fell 3-1 in the day's second match against Stanford.

The 49ers started the day with a convincing win over rival UC Irvine. The Anteaters would have no answer for Long Beach State's middle blocker tandem of Dan Alexander and Jim Baughman in a 30-28, 30-28, 30-25 win in the team's first match of the Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational. Alexander hit .710 with 10 kills and no errors, while Baughman had nine kills with no errors on .516 hitting.

Outside hitter Dean Bittner carried the rest of the offensive load for the 49ers in the opener, putting down 26 kills to lead all hitters. He also finished with a team high six total blocks.

Against Stanford, Long Beach State took game one by a score of 30-28, but ultimately fell 30-28, 27-30, 20-30, 28-30. Stanford finished with 36 blocks in the match, holding back an Long Beach State attack led by Bittner once more with 21 kills. Tommy Pestolesi added 19 kills for The Beach.

Long Beach State finishes play at the tournament Saturday. The 49ers will face top seed and tournament host UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. in the third-place match.

Article courtesy of Long Beach State athletics.

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