LBSU dominates Fullerton again

first_imgCal State Fullerton’s women’s volleyball program has dropped 45 matches in a row to its Long Beach State counterpart. And, if the Friday night match in the Walter Pyramid is a viable indicator, that streak is more likely to hit 145 before it is to be broken when the Titans play host to the 49ers in Fullerton on Nov. 12. Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s team opened the match with five consecutive points to coax the first of what was to prove a maximum six timeouts out of his counterpart from the Titans, Carolyn Zimmerman. And Long Beach was in front, 10-2, before the visitors were able to score back-to-back points. Fullerton (11-8 and 3-3) led only twice, at 1-0 and 2-0 in the final game, and its deepest deadlock came at 4 in Game 3. Yes, it was as one-sided as the score would indicate. Alexis Crimes, Mariko Crum, Robin Miramontes and Ali Daley combined for 43 of the 49ers’ 55 kills, with the first three bagging 11 apiece. Long Beach, playing its first match on its home floor in three weeks, cruised to its fourth Big West conference victory in a row Friday, sweeping the Titans in something less than 90 minutes, 30-15, 30-16 and 30-17, in front of a season-high gathering of 1,925 that included some noisy and appreciative Girl Scout Troops. The 49ers, 14-4 overall and 4-1 in conference, return to the same floor tonight for a 7 p.m. conference match with the UC Riverside Highlanders. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Long Beach played as well defensively as it has all season, holding the Titans to a .035 attack percentage. “This felt like /\x27/Long Beach State volleyball’ for the first time this year,” Gimmillaro said afterward, before quickly amending it to “for the first time in a couple of years. “We executed at a level that we had been accustomed to (in previous seasons). It was a great crowd. And we’re getting better.” Miramontes, a junior starting her first match of the season and playing outside hitter with Rosie Lewis sidelined with a sore knee, turned in her most impressive performance of the season, coming up just one short of her career high with 14 digs. The team’s starting opposite a year ago, the fourth-year junior is making the most of her recent extended playing time. “I figured that if I earned it in practice, I’d get my chance,” she said, smiling. “I think this was the only time I’ve played outside (hitter) in my life.” She doesn’t expect any letdown tonight, from herself or her teammates. “We’re great about approaching things one game at a time,” she said. “If anything, (tonight’s match) should be even harder.” — Frank Burlison can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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