Volleyball Streak Snapped, Still Serving Victories

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By Matthew Gozzip Athletics Editor

The greatest streaks always come to an end someday. The 1971-72 Lakers 33-game winning streak ended after 65 days. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill tallied 103 victories before eventually losing after being unbeatable for six years. 

Even comets eventually leave the Earth’s atmosphere after streaking across the sky for several days.

Naturally, the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team streak of six consecutive 3-0 wins would end. Last Tuesday, the Beach won 3-1 against Cal Baptist but did concede a set. 

 The Beach offense struggled to find a rhythm in the beginning of the match, scattering inconsistent serves and hits that could easily have been points.

 CBU is athletically inferior and did end up losing in four sets but if LBSU can’t establish themselves early against a more skilled team, it can spell trouble. 

That being said, one thing LBSU does very well is make adjustments to match personnel. Josh Tuaniga, normally the assist man at setter, tallied six kills of his own.  

“Josh continues to throw the ball around and create balance and stress all along the net and that’s a big thing for us,”  said Coach Knipe.  “We pride ourselves on not allowing teams to just load up on one thing and that starts with passing; that starts with Josh. Not only did he distribute the ball well, but he stayed fairly offensive as well.”

Not only that, The Beach knows how to balance out the emotion of a highly contested game. Tuaniga, TJ DeFalco, Kyle Ensing, Bryce Yould and Amir Lugo-Rodriguez were all on the last seaon’s team that made it to the Final Four and know what it takes to get back there. 

They definitely learned that taking an off day won’t get them there. 

LBSU avenged their only bad loss of the season against USC last Friday too, sweeping the match 3-0 and limiting the Trojans to .096 hitting for the entire contest.

Even though they lost a set, the team realizes how vital it is to play hard every single match, no matter who it is against.  

The Beach did lose their streak but their aspirations remain sky high amidst the comets and stars. 

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