No. 7 Long Beach Defeats Pacific, 3-2
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State found itself in an eerily familiar situation on Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid. A night after giving up an 11-7 fifth-set lead in a 3-2 loss to Stanford, the 49ers led Pacific 11-7 in the fifth set, but this time there was no comeback as LBSU finished the Tigers off and claimed a 29-31, 30-13, 25-30, 30-21, 15-8 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win.
Josh Riley snapped out of his slump finishing with a team-high 22 kills and seven blocks to lead The Beach (11-13, 8-11 MPSF) to the win. Riley hit .295, while Dean Bittner added 20 kills and a .295 hitting percentage for the 49ers.
Dustin Watten tied a school record for career matches with double-digit digs. He finished with 13 digs against the Tigers (3-24, 0-18 MPSF) for his 40th career match with more than 10 digs, tying Mark Kerins (1987-90) for the school record. Mike Klipsch added 50 assists and a career-high 12 digs.
The 49ers hit .286 for the match despite hitting just .073 in the first set, .200 in the third set and .222 in the fifth set. Pacific struggled most of the night hitting just .169 with a match-best .281 in the first set. LBSU had 16.5 blocks a night after finishing with just 3.5 against Stanford. Pacific stayed in the match with 20.5 blocks.
Long Beach State wraps up its regular season home schedule next weekend when the 49ers host UC Santa Barbara on Friday and No. 3 Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Both matches start at 7:00 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
Article courtesy of Long Beach State athletics.