first_img Rosie Lewis, Alexis Crimes and Ali Daley combined for 58 kills to help Long Beach improve to 11-4 overall with a 30-27, 30-28, 24-30 and 30-24 victory. Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s team was able to avoid losing the opening two matches in Big West play for the first time since 2000. SAN LUIS OBISPO Less than 24 hours after being bounced in three games in its Big West Conference opener, the Long Beach State women’s volleyball team recovered nicely Saturday night. The 49ers, who dropped their seventh consecutive match to UC Santa Barbara on Friday evening, knocked off one of the most improved teams in the conference by beating the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Mustangs in four games in front of a Mott Gymnasium gathering of 868. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The 49ers play a couple of more Big West matches on the road this week when they visit UC Irvine on Thursday night and then travel in the other direction on the 405 Freeway the next evening to face Cal State Northridge. Long Beach was able to drop the host Mustangs to 2-2 in the Big West and 9-4 overall despite something less than an impressive performance, at least statistically. The 49ers, with 34 attack errors, hit just .159 while hitting 12 service errors. But the hosts hit an even more paltry .147 and gave up 16 points on their own serves. “It was good to win a match when we made so many mistakes,” Gimmillaro said. center_img “Cal Poly beat Santa Barbara here and this is a very difficult place to play. Statistically we didn’t play well and made a lot of key mistakes.” He glanced at the final stat sheet once again. “Thank goodness for Alexis,” he said of his sophomore All-America middle blocker who had 14 kills on only 28 swings with just one error for a .464 percentage. Lewis, a junior outside hitter, committed 14 hitting errors but also turned in a career-high 20 kills. Seniors Heather Laudato (a season-high 28) and Erika Chidester (16) combined for 44 digs while Crimes had six blocks, one of those a solo job. Long Beach trailed by two points twice in Game 1, the last time at 18-16, before Crimes and Lewis (with five kills apiece) helped the visitors take control. The Mustangs had just one advantage at 1-0 in the second game before cutting their deficit to 29-28 after a Vanessa Gilliam kill. But then Gilliam shanked the ensuing serve into the net to give Long Beach a 2-0 advantage. CPSLO took Game 3 before Long Beach blasted to a 15-6 advantage in Game 4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img