March 9, 2012

#8 Long Beach State Tops IPFW, 3-0 in Active Ankle Tournament

LONG BEACH, Calif. – In the first round of the Active Ankle Tournament, #8 Long Beach State came out attacking in the first frame, and totaled a game-high .473 hitting-percentage to down IPFW 3-0 Friday evening in Long Beach, Calif.

The loss snaps a three-game IPFW winning-streak, and moves the team's overall record to 10-7 (2-2 MIVA). Long Beach State improves to 10-8 with the win. The 49ers are now 19-3 all-time against the Mastodons.

A block from Ivan Matos and Corey Frain, along with a kill from Elon Fyfield, brought the score to 4-4 early in the first set. Long Beach State gained the lead at 5-4, then increased it to as many as seven at 21-14, as 49er John La Rusch led with five kills. After an IPFW timeout, Frain and Fyfield each blasted a kill to cut the deficit to five, but late points from La Rusch guided Long State Beach to a first set win, 25-18.

Two kills from Frain and one each from Matos and Fyfield opened the IPFW scoring in frame two, bringing the tally to 7-7. Following another Matos point, the 49ers jumped started their offense, and took the lead at 13-10, forcing an IPFW timeout. Out of the break, led by an Eddie Rivera kill, the Mastodons marched back and tied the game at 16-16. The teams traded points, before Long Beach State pulled ahead 22-20, and finished strong with a kill from La Rusch to win set two, 25-23.

In the third set, IPFW fell behind early 10-5, as the 49er offense picked up its attack. Kills from Fyfield and Ramon Burgos gave the Mastodons momentum, but the home team continued its consistent play to hold its five-point lead to 18-13. The 49ers carried the lead to set point at 24-17, when Fyfield committed a service error to seal the win for Long Beach State, 25-17.

Fyfield led the 'Dons with 12 kills and four digs. Adam Qunn totaled 34 assists and two blocks, while E. Rivera had seven kills. The Mastodons managed 39 team kills on 86 attempts, recording a .294 hitting-percentage.

IPFW will return to the court tomorrow evening to face Cal Baptist in the final match of the Ankle Active Tournament. Match time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.

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