Riley and Baughman Lead No. 7 Long Beach Over No. 10 Hawai'i

2/13/2009

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Josh Riley had a career-high 19 kills and Jim Baughman added a double-double to lead No. 7 Long Beach State to a 26-30, 30-23, 30-24, 30-21 MPSF conference win over No. 10 Hawaii Friday night at the Walter Pyramid.

Baughman finished with 10 kills, a .714 hitting percentage and 11 blocks to help LBSU (7-5, 6-3 MPSF) to the win. Riley hit .395, while Dan Alexander had a .364 hitting percentage.

Freshman Kyle McElderry, seeing his first significant playing time of the year, came off the bench to spark Long Beach State to the win after The Beach dropped set one. McElderry finished with nine kills, six of them coming in the second set.

Mike Klipsch added 48 assists and nine digs, while Dustin Watten had 128 digs. Dean Bittner finished with 15 kills and nine blocks.

Long Beach State got out to a sluggish start falling behind 19-13 in the first set. Poor hitting (.042) helped create the deficit while Hawaii capitalized hitting .222.

UH extended the lead to as many as seven, 23-16, but LBSU made a run cutting the lead to three, 26-23, on a block by Riley. Riley followed with a kill off a block and another block (along with Jim Baughman) to make it a one-point game. A triple block tied it at 26 before Hawaii snapped the six-point run to regain the lead.

The Warriors (3-8, 2-6 MPSF) added another point to push the lead to 28-26 and a block of Bittner gave UH a set point, 29-26. They finished it off with a kill to win the first set.

The Beach finished the set hitting just .122, while Hawaii overcame a .149 hitting percentage.

Long Beach State rallied to even the score at 1-1 winning convincingly in the second set. The Beach broke open a tight set with a 4-0 run to take a 16-11 lead. Hawaii cut it to two on three occasions, but LBSU went on a 6-0 run to push the lead to 26-20 before closing out the set.

McElderry keyed the 49ers win coming off the bench to record six kills and a .455 hitting percentage. Bittner hit .800 with four kills as the 49ers hit .536 as a team.

Long Beach State got out to an early lead in the third set leading by four three different times, but Hawaii rallied to tie it 10-10. The two teams went back and forth before a 4-0 run by The Beach pushed the lead back to 22-17. The Warriors cut it to 25-22, but LBSU went on a 5-2 run capped by a set-winning kill by Bittner to go ahead 2-1.

The 49ers hit .379 in the third set, while Hawaii struggled at .216. Bittner led Long Beach State with seven kills and a .545 hitting percentage in the set, while Riley had four kills and a .375 hitting percentage.

LBSU put the match away in set four. After battling to a 7-6 lead, The Beach went on an 8-0 run to take command and then pushed the run to 17-5 to all but put away the Warriors.

Riley led the 49ers' charge in the final set with nine kills and a .667 hitting percentage. Baughman added four kills and a 1.000 hitting percentage. Klipsch had 10 assists and four digs, while Watten added five digs.

Article courtesy of Long Beach State athletics.

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