Nov. 5, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Haleigh Hamption had 12 kills and hit an impressive .526 to lead Long Beach State to a 3-0 sweep of Cal State Fullerton and helped the 49ers clinch at least a share of the Big West Conference championship in Titan Gym Saturday night.
The 49ers were victorious over the Titans for the 59th consecutive time dating back to the 1982 season and improved to 17-6 overall and 11-2 in league play in 2011. It was the ninth consecutive win for the 49ers since their Oct. 1 loss at UC Riverside. The Titans drop to 11-14, 6-7.
Fullerton hit just .069 against Long Beach's .296 and was led by Kayla Neto who landed 12 kills. She picked up her team-leading 14th double-double of the year by adding 10 digs in the 18-25, 24-26, 8-25 loss. Fullerton's Gabrielle Dewberry led all players with 15 digs.
Long Beach committed less than 20 total errors on the night, holding the upper hand most of the match. Fullerton had a 5-point lead in the second set as late as 19-14 and held a 2-point lead at 23-21 to force a 49er timeout. Two kills by Delainey Aigner-Swesey and another by Hampton got the 49ers to an overtime match point and one of Hampton's three blocks gave Long Beach a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Following an intermission that saw former Big West Conference player of the Year and Titan All-American Erin Saddler get her jersey unveiled in the rafters of Titan Gym, the Titans stumbled to their worst set loss in the current 25-point scoring era, 25-8.
Long Beach was dominant at the net, out-blocking the Titans 11.0 to 5.0 with Alma Serna leading the way with eight blocks (2 solos). Ayana Whitaker paced the Titan squad with four block assists.
Fullerton will travel to UC Davis and Pacific next weekend before wrapping up the season with a pair of home matches against UC Irvine (Nov. 18) and nationally-ranked Hawaii (Nov. 25). All four of the matches will begin at 7 p.m.