USC Women's Sand Volleyball Loses Tight Match At Long Beach State, 3-2|
March 28, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - In a match that came down to the very last serve of the final flight of the day, the No. 2-ranked Long Beach State women's sand volleyball team held off No. 4 USC, 3-2, in dual match play on Thursday (March 28) in Long Beach.
The 49ers, who beat the Women of Troy 12 days ago by the same score on the USC campus, improved to 7-1 on the year. USC fell to 9-4.
With the match tied at 2-2, LBSU's No. 1 pairs team of Caitlin Ledoux-Tara Roenicke held off USC's Kirby Burnham-Stevi Robinson, 21-17, 17-21, 16-14. USC was leading in the third set, 8-5, before the 49ers tied it at 12-12 and then took the lead at 14-13 on a Roenicke kill. After a pair of sideouts, a Trojan hitting error ended the match.
USC lost the first two matches of the day, as Lauren Minkel-Jocelyn Neely beat Brooke Fournier-Natasa Siljkovic, 21-14, 21-10, at the No. 4 pairs position and Tyler Jackson-Janisa Johnson defeated Alexa Stonish-Sam Hirschmann, 21-15, 21-19, at the No. 5 spot.
The Women of Troy rebounded with wins at the No. 3 spot (Eve Ettinger-Bria Russ outlasted Delainey Aigner-Swesey-Libby Fontanilla, 14-21, 21-18, 15-13) and then at No. 2 (Katie Fuller-Cinnamon Sary over Chelsea Cabrajac-Bre Mackie, 22-20, 21-18).
USC now has a week off before traveling to Malibu's Zuma Beach on April 6 to face host Pepperdine, ranked No. 1 and the defending national champion, as well as No. 5 Hawaii. The Women of Troy play the Waves at 10 a.m. and the Rainbow Wahine at 11 a.m. in team dual match competition (Pepperdine and Hawaii will meet at noon). Then, at 1 p.m., each of USC's top 5 pairs teams will play a crossover match against a Pepperdine or Hawaii duo not from the same pairs spot.
Long Beach State 3, USC 2