No. 4 49ers Roll Past Pacific In Three Games

3/5/2008

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Long Beach, Calif. - Senior Paul Lotman had 12 kills, four aces and four blocks to lead the fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team to a resounding 30-23, 30-20, 30-23 win over Pacific on Wednesday evening in the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers improved to 14-2 overall and 10-2 in the MPSF with the win, while the Tigers fell to 1-17 and 1-14 in league action.

The 49ers hit a solid .352 in the match and limited the Tigers to a .034 (29-26-88) hitting percentage. Dean Bittner added nine kills, Fletcher Anderson eight and Dan Alexander seven. Junior Gavin Christensen saw his first extended action of the season and had a season-high four kills and two digs. Lotman hit an impressive .526 (12-2-19) in the match while Anderson bettered him with a .583 (8-1-12) hitting percentage. Defensively, Dustin Watten tallied seven digs as the 49ers out-dug the Tigers 27-to-22. Setter Mike Klipsch had 41 assists and four digs.

For Pacific, Simon Chen-Byerley led the way with eight kills and four blocks, while Jason Borchin and Blake Gentry both added six kills. Borchin chipped in with six digs and the Tigers recorded 6.5 team blocks.

Long Beach opened the evening with a 30-23 win in game one. Bittner had six kills as the 49ers hit .387. Long Beach led 11-9 early and pushed the lead to 19-10 with an 8-1 run. In game two the 49ers extended a 13-9 lead to 19-12 and coasted to a 30-20 win. The 49ers hit .440 (14-3-25) in the game and limited the Tigers to a .000 (10-10-31) percentage. Game three was all Long Beach. Leading 13-12, the 49ers used an 11-4 run to take control at 24-16. Pacific hit -.057 in the game with 10 kills and 12 hitting errors.

The 49ers will be in action on Friday evening when they host seventh-ranked Stanford at 6 pm in the Walter Pyramid.

Article courtesy of Long Beach State athletis.

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