Long Beach State Claims UCSB Invitational Title With 3-1 Win Over Harvard
Jan. 4, 2014
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team claimed the 2014 UCSB Asics Invitational title with a 3-1 victory over Harvard Saturday evening at Rob Gym. Set scores were 25-18, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13.
LBSU (1-0) advanced to the championship match after going undefeated in pool play on Friday as it topped UC San Diego, No. 14 Cal State Northridge, IPFW and No. 2 UCLA in best-of-three set exhibition matches.
Seniors Taylor Crabb and Dalton Ammerman led the way against Harvard, combining for 37 kills and 18 digs. Crabb finished with 19 kills on .429 hitting, while Ammerman registered 18 kills (.353). The duo also had nine digs and three blocks each.
Senior Connor Olbright directed the offense to a .381 attack percentage with 55 assists. The 49ers also outblocked the Crimson, 12-to-4.
Long Beach State started off strong in set one, taking an early 8-4 lead. The 49ers stayed out front and eventually went up, 17-12, on a Crabb kill. Harvard was able to close the gap to three, but LBSU went on a 6-3 run to pull ahead 23-17. After the Crimson sided out, Ammerman and Jeff Ornee combined for a block, and Gregory followed with a kill to give Long Beach State the 25-18 win.
In the second set, the two teams went back-and-forth with four tie scores before Harvard used a 7-3 spurt to go on top, 11-7. LBSU then came within two, but the Crimson answered with five-straight points to take a 16-9 advantage. Long Beach State sided out with a kill from Yould and proceeded to go on a 5-2 run to make it 18-14. Harvard wouldn't let the 49ers get any closer, however, as it held on for a 25-20 victory.
LBSU owned an early three-point cushion in the third frame, but the Crimson came back to knot it up at 5-5. The 49ers then went on an 8-3 run, capped by an Ammerman kill, to take a 13-8 lead. Harvard eventually cut the deficit to two and stayed within striking distance until Long Beach State reeled off four-straight points to go on top, 22-16. LBSU went on to close out the set at 25-19.
The 49ers ran away late in the fourth set for a convincing 25-13 victory. After trailing 6-5, Long Beach State went on an 8-1 run, which ended with a Yould kill, to go up, 13-7. The two teams then traded points before the 49ers went on to outscore the Crimson, 10-3, down the stretch for the 12-point win.
Harvard (0-1) hit .250 as a team and was paced by DJ White's 14 kills. Kyle Rehkemper also had 13 kills (.722), while Nick Madden compiled a team-best 12 digs.
Long Beach State begins its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation slate on the road next week when it heads to No. 15 Cal Baptist (Jan. 9) and No. 3 BYU (Jan. 11).