49ers Defeat Loyola-Chicago, Fall to No. 1 UC Irvine at UCSB Invitational
Long Beach State will take on UC San Diego in third-place match on Saturday
Jan. 4, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball swept No. 10 Loyola-Chicago in its season opener before falling to No. 1 UC Irvine in three sets on the first day of the UCSB/asics Invitational Friday in Santa Barbara.
The 49ers got off to a strong start in head coach Alan Knipe's first season back after taking a three-year leave of absence to coach the U.S. Men's National Team, as they began the day with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 victory over the Ramblers.
LBSU, which picked up its seventh consecutive season-opening win, defeated the Ramblers in straight sets for the second year in a row.
Junior Taylor Crabb paced Long Beach State with 15 kills, while junior Dalton Ammerman added 10 kills and two service aces. Senior Colten Echave also had a solid all-around performance with seven kills, three blocks and two aces.
LBSU (1-1) suffered a 25-20, 25-23, 25-14 loss to top-ranked UC Irvine in the semifinals.
The 49ers (1-1) will close out the two-day, eight-team UCSB Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5, when they take on unranked UC San Diego in the third-place match at 4 p.m. The Tritons upset No. 5 Lewis and dropped a 3-2 decision to sixth-ranked UCLA on Friday.
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