All-American setter Josh Tuaniga had the offense for No. 1/1 Long Beach State performing like it had done all season long in a sweep that clinched home court advantage throughout the MPSF Tournament.
Tuaniga had 30 assists and guided the offense to a .386 attack percentage as Long Beach State beat No. 14 CSUN 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 in its regular season finale on Saturday in Long Beach, California.
With this victory, Long Beach State and No. 3/3 BYU finished tied atop the conference standings and are the co-MPSF regular season championship. The 49ers, though, held the head-to-head tiebreaker to earn the No. 1 overall seed for the MPSF Tournament.
Long Beach State hit more than .300 in all three games against CSUN, including a match-best .481 attack percentage in its 10-point second-game victory. The 49ers entered the weekend with a nation-best .376 attack percentage.
All-American outside attacker TJ DeFalco finished with a match-high 14 kills on a .650 attack percentage, while opposite Kyle Ensing contributed 13 kills.
Middle attacker Amir Lugo-Rodriguez also led all players with seven blocks against the Matadors.
Outside attacker Jakub Ciesla in the loss had a team-high six kills. CSUN entered its season finale already eliminated from the postseason contention.
Long Beach State in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals will play host the No. 8 seed USC — one of the two teams that beat the 49ers in conference play this season.
Check out the video highlights of the match filmed by Off the Block special contributor Jonathan Bates.