Senior Connor Olbright directed a balanced 49er attack to .363 hitting in a three-set win at No. 10 Hawai'i.
Jan. 16, 2014
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team made quick work of No. 10 Hawai'i with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 victory Thursday evening in front of 2,498 fans at Stan Sheriff Center.
LBSU improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches, while UH dropped to 2-2, 0-1 MPSF.
Senior Connor Olbright guided a balanced 49er attack with 33 assists to go along with eight digs. Long Beach State finished the night hitting .363.
Senior Taylor Crabb led LBSU with 12 kills, eight digs, five blocks and two aces. Classmate Ian Satterfield added eight kills and five blocks. Satterfield did not commit a hitting error on 16 attempts.
Behind the strong serving of Olbright, the 49ers raced out to a 9-1 lead in the first set. Long Beach State continued to control the match and pulled ahead, 18-8, on a double block by Ornee and Crabb. LBSU eventually went up 24-16, and after the Rainbow Warriors sided out, Crabb's sixth kill of the set ended it at 25-17.
The 49ers carried their momentum into set two, going on top, 12-4, on a service ace from Whitt. LBSU maintained a comfortable lead until Hawai'i used a late 5-2 spurt to close the gap to 22-20. After calling a timeout, Long Beach State proceeded to score the next three points for the 25-20 win.
The visitors again took control early in the third set, going up by as many as five. UH would come back to tie it up at 15-15, but the 49ers reeled off four-straight points to pull ahead, 19-15. LBSU continued to side out and went on to close out the match with a 25-22 victory.
The Rainbow Warriors hit just .153 on the evening and were paced by Brook Sedore's match-high 16 kills. Kolby Kanetake also had 11 digs.
Long Beach State and Hawai'i will be back at it tomorrow with the second meeting of the regular-season series set for 7 p.m. HT (9 p.m. PT) at Stan Sheriff Center.
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