COLUMN: Long Beach won’t be stopped

While contesting every kill, digging every attempt and displaying a high-powered offense, it’s becoming more difficult for teams to match the intensity the 49ers bring every game. The Long Beach State men’s volleyball team is looking more dominant than ever thanks to their seniors. Whether it’s senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco coming down the middle or senior opposite Kyle Ensing coming from the side for a kill, this team can hurt opponents in multiple ways. If NCAA men’s volleyball had its own Golden State Warriors, it would be the 49ers. They’ve proven that with the way they execute plays perfectly as a team and not one individual carries the load. When one guy isn’t doing well, there’s always another to step in. Four of the 49ers’ starters are hitting .352 or above, which ranks them top 20 in the nation and top 10 in the Big West. They also lead the nation in service aces per set, averaging 2.29. The main factor teams have to account for is the person who orchestrates the entire offense. Senior setter Josh Tuaniga is averaging 10.85 assists per set, ranking third in the nation and second in the Big West. The southpaw setter usesa

By | 2019-04-09T14:47:46+00:00 Feb 13, 2019 | 6:22 pm|Categories: Men's Sports, Men's Volleyball, Sports|Tags: |

Long Beach sweeps Ohio State in AVCA Showcase

It’s been 1,050 days, almost three years, since Long Beach has lost inside the Walter Pyramid. In front of a crowd of 1,735, the 49ers continued the streak and trounced the Buckeyes in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21, extending their perfect record 12-0. The last time these two teams met was in the 2018 Final Four, where Long Beach defeated Ohio State in four sets, advancing to the national championship game. The 49ers hold a 32-0 home record dating back to March 26, 2016. Unranked Ohio State has now lost three straight games, including being swept back-to-back in the AVCA Showcase after dropping its match Friday. Despite sweeping the Buckeyes, the 49ers had a sloppy outing; they missed spots on the court and had plenty of errors throughout the match including 16 service errors. “I thought there was a couple of lapses,” head coach Alan Knipe said. “We weren’t hitting our serve all the way up and being aggressive. We could have been a little better blocking the ball tonight, that’s credit to Ohio State. They did a good job of not being predictable where they were going to hit.” Senior opposite Kyle Ensing led the way with 11 kills

By | 2019-04-17T20:48:57+00:00 Feb 9, 2019 | 11:34 pm|Categories: Men's Volleyball, Showcase, Sports|Tags: |