Tayyiba Haneef led all players with Saturday night with 18 kills while hitting .486. Elisha Thomas helped out with 14 kills and Keri Nishimoto dished out 46 assists for The Beach. Jocclyne Roy was the star for the Toreros (22-9) with 10 kills and 12 digs.
Long Beach State had to stage a small comeback in the opener. After holding the lead throughout the early stages, USD went on a 10-6 run to hold a 24-22 lead, forcing LBSU into a timeout. The Beach regained control out of the timeout and with consecutive stops of USD??s Roy (one block, one dig), the 49ers took a 28-26 lead. Roy had been successful on 5 of her first 7 attacks before that sequence.
Game Two was more of a dominant performance by the 49ers. As a team, Long Beach State racked up 21 digs and five blocks on the way to a 30-16 game score. Brittany Hochevar had four digs and four kills in game two. Tracy Bulquerin had six digs in the second stanza alone.
The 49ers kept the momentum and took it to game three, jumping out to an early lead. Keeping the pressure on, Long Beach State saw itself with a 21-12 and coasted to the game three (and match) victory.
Long Beach State will next take on Northern Iowa. Other members of the bracket include UCLA and Hawai'i. Whoever comes out of next week??s regional will travel to San Diego for the national semifinals.
Play in the round of 16 for all teams begins Thursday and can run through Sunday. Dates and times for any of those games will announced Sunday by the NCAA