No. 4 Long Beach State's Defense Shuts Down No. 8 Stanford


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Stanford, Calif. - After surviving a tough five-game match on Friday at Pacific, fourth-ranked Long Beach State rolled to a 30-24, 30-25, 30-17 win over eighth-ranked Stanford on Saturday evening in Burnham Pavilion.

The 49ers limited the Cardinal to a .043 hitting percentage for the match and improved to 21-5 overall and 15-5 in the MPSF. Stanford fell to 15-10 overall and 10-10 in league action.

Freshman Josh Riley had another solid outing finishing with a team-high 12 kills while adding five blocks. Riley posted a career-high 14 kills in Friday's win at Pacific. Sophomore Dan Alexander hit .467 (9-2-15) in the match, with nine kills, four aces and five blocks. Paul Lotman added eight kills, three aces and eight digs to the cause. Long Beach had 10 service aces in the match and 15.0 team blocks. Fletcher Anderson and Dean Bittner both had seven blocks for the 49ers.

Stanford was led by Evan Romero and Spencer McLachlin who both tallied 11 kills. The Cardinal had just one ace on the evening compared to 11 service errors.

The 49ers were a force at the net all night long. Stanford hit .259 (13-6-27) in game one, but in game two they hit .000 (11-11-32) and in game three -.088 (8-11-34). The Cardinal had 22 hitting errors in games two and three.

Long Beach hit only .189 (39-22-90) in the match themselves, but won with blocking and serving. The 49ers hit .480 (16-4-25) in game one, but were limited to a .079 percentage in game two and .074 in game three.

The 49ers close out their regular season next week when they play at UC Santa Barbara on Friday and at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. The 49ers are tied for first place in the MPSF at 15-5 with Northridge and BYU. The MPSF regular season champion will host the MPSF semi-finals on April 24 & 26. At worst, Long Beach has sealed a home match for the MPSF quarterfinals (April 19).

Article courtesy of Long Beach State athletics.

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