LONG BEACH, Calif. – California Baptist University ran into a hot No. 3-ranked Long Beach State squad Saturday night in it's third match in five days. The 49ers picked a three-game sweep (25-18, 25-21, 25-16) for their sixth-straight victory.
CBU falls to 4-14, 2-13 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with the loss, while the win gives Long Beach State a 12-4 overall record, 11-4 in conference.
Johannes Brink led CBU with a double-double on 12 kills and 10 digs, while Kristopher Johnson and Rocky DeLyon added eight kills each and Amir Lugo-Rodriguez chipped in seven of his own. Johnson hit at a .500 percentage. Lugo-Rodriguez was not far off at .417 and also had four blocks. Kevin Kustura drove the Lancers' offense with 36 assists.
The Lancers opened the match on the road well and stayed within two points early on in the first set on kills from Brink, Lugo-Rodriguez, Johnson and DeLyon.
Down 7-6, Long Beach used a 13-6 run to take a commanding 20-13 advantage in the first set. The Lancers came out of a timeout with a 3-1 run on a 49er error and kills from Brink and Lugo-Rodriguez to pull within 21-16. An attacking error stopped CBU's short run and the 49ers closed the set on a 4-2 run for the 25-18 victory.
CBU forced three ties early in the second set and trailed by just two, 8-6, in the opening. A 4-2 scoring spree gave Long Beach State a 12-8 advantage, but the Lancers answered back with a 3-0 run of their own – on a service error, Joel Blocksom kill and block from Blocksom and Lugo-Rodriguez to tie things at 16.
The 49ers rallied and took control of the second set with a 6-1 spurt before recording the 25-21 win.
The Lancers forced ties at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 10 but Long Beach State used a 9-2 run to take a 19-12 lead that eventually led to the 25-16 victory that ended the match.
California Baptist University returns home Wednesday to host UC Irvine, which is tied for eighth in the NCAA rankings, in the Van Dyne Gym at 7 p.m.