Pacific Women's Volleyball: Tough Night Snaps Pacific's Six-Match Streak With A 3-1 Loss To Long Beach State
Looking to even the season series with the visiting Long Beach State 49ers, the Pacific women's volleyball team came up short of their goals as the 49ers took control of the match early and never gave it back, winning a four-game decision over the Tigers on Friday, November 5. The loss for the Tigers snapped a season-long six-match winning streak and dropped the Tigers to 16-9 overall and 7-5 in the conference while the 49ers improved to 18-6 overall and 8-3 in the Big West.
Game scores for the match were: 25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19.
For the first time in three weeks the Pacific offense struggled as the 49ers took advantage of their size to alter the Tiger attack at every level. Out of the gate the Tigers new they were going to be in for a long night as Pacific were forced into more errors than kills.
Despite the rough start to their match the Tigers showed signs of life in game two, rebounding with their best game of the night to hit .275 led by junior Samantha Misa. After picking up just one kill in the opening game, Misa posted an impressive five kills on just seven attacks to hit a game-best .714.
With the match beginning to play out much like their first encounter just under a month prior, the Tigers would not be as fortunate as they were the first time around as the 49ers did not let Pacific back into the match after capturing the third game of the night. After winning 25-18 in the third game, the 49ers virtually put the match away right off of the first whistle in game four, rolling off eight straight points to start the game. The large hole proved too much for the Tigers to overcome as Pacific would climb back to only as close as three points at 12-9 before the 49ers used a 3-0 run to quell the Tigers' comeback bid.
For the match the Tigers hit just .085 with Misa posting the best hitting percentage on the team at .267. She finished her night with her seventh double-double of the season as the junior tallied a team-high 11 kills on 30 attacks while also posting a career-high 18 digs. Tying Misa for the team lead in kills was senior Svenja Engelhardt who posted 11 kills on 58 swings. Despite posting double-digit kills, the conference's leading hitter was held to -.052 hitting as she committed 14 errors against the 49er block. Engelhardt added 12 digs to her night to finish with her 10th double-double of the year. Sophomore Hannah Clancy added her team-best 12th double-double of the year in the loss as she totaled 37 assists and 10 digs.
The night belonged to Janisa Johnson for the 49ers as the sophomore led all attackers with 16 kills and a .324 hitting percentage while also tallying a match-high 21 digs defensively. Right behind Johnson was Caitlin Ledoux who posted 15 kills on 47 attacks while also picking up a double-double with 13 digs. Not to be outdone, Ashley Lee, the 49ers' starting setter, picked up 39 assists and 14 digs while also adding five kills and three blocks. As a team the 49ers hit .247 for the match with 54 kills and 17 errors on 150 attacks. Defensively the 49ers posted 78 digs with five players reaching double-digits while also adding 13 blocks led by Haleigh Hampton's match-high eight.
The Tigers will close out their 2010 home schedule on Saturday, November 6 with a conference showdown with the Big West leading Titans of Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers will pay tribute to their lone senior of 2010 as well at the match as Engelhardt will be making her final appearance at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm.