LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Final Score: No. 2 Long Beach State 3, No. 10 Loyola 0 (13-25, 20-25, 19-25)
Records: Loyola (11-7); Long Beach State (19-2)
Location: Walter Pyramid -- Long Beach, Calif.
Stats: Box Score | Season Stats
Ben Plaisted recorded a team-high 10 kills, but No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit only .026 (24-22-77) as No. 2 Long Beach State (19-2) earned a 25-13, 25-20, 25-19 victory tonight in the LBSU Asics Tournament at Walter Pyramid. With the loss, the Ramblers fall to 11-7 overall.
How It Happened
Five straight Loyola errors allowed Long Beach State to open up a 9-4 lead in the first set and it would roll from there. The Ramblers couldn’t generate anything offensively, hitting -.231 (5-11-26) in the opening set as the 49ers picked up a 25-13 victory.
Two early kills from Plaisted helped Loyola jump out to a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Long Beach would rally to even the score at 7. The teams then engaged in a tightly contested set the rest of the way, with neither leading by more than a point, before the 49ers got back-to-back kills from TJ DeFalco and Andrew Whitt to grab an 18-16 lead. Loyola got within a point, at 20-19, but Long Beach closed out the set on a 5-1 run to collect a 25-20 win.
The third set was also a back-and-forth battle until Long Beach rattled off three unanswered points to turn a one-point advantage into an 18-14 lead. A 49er service error and Will Tischler kill sliced the deficit in half, but a kill from Kyle Ensing opened up a 4-0 Long Beach spurt that gave it a 22-16 lead en route to a 25-19 decision.
Following the match, Plaisted and Cole Murray were named to the Asics All-Tournament Team.
Inside The Box Score
- Plaisted has now recorded 10 or more kills in eight consecutive matches.
- Murray finished with 7 kills and hit .312 (7-2-16)..
- Ensing and DeFalco notched 11 kills apiece to lead Long Beach State.
Loyola continues a grueling stretch of matches versus ranked teams when it welcomes No. 1 Ohio State to Gentile Arena on March 16.