49er Men's Volleyball Drops Five-Set Decision at No. 10 Hawai'i
Jan. 17, 2014
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team suffered a 3-2 defeat to No. 10 Hawai'i in front of a crowd of 2,932 at Stan Sheriff Center on Friday. Set scores were 25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-8.
Senior Dalton Ammerman contributed 10 kills, while sophomore Taylor Gregory totaled a team-high seven blocks. Sophomore Andrew Sato added his third double-figure dig match of the year as he tied Satterfield for the team lead with 12.
Hawai'i (3-2, 1-1 MPSF) took an early lead in the first set and eventually pulled ahead, 10-7. UH stayed out front and went on top, 20-17, before Long Beach State used a 4-1 spurt to tie it up at 21-21. The home team scored the next two points, but after the 49ers called a timeout, they came back to even the score at 23-23. The Rainbow Warriors then sided out with a kill and an LBSU hitting error gave them the 25-23 victory.
Long Beach State (3-2, 2-2 MPSF) regrouped in the second set, racing out to an 8-2 lead following a solo block by Jeff Ornee. Hawai'i would close the gap to one before the 49ers went on a 6-2 run, capped by an Andrew Whitt kill, to rebuild a five-point lead at 18-13. LBSU led by at least three the rest of the way and went on to score the final three points for the 25-19 win.
The 49ers made a late push to run away with a 25-19 victory in the third frame. The set started off as a seesaw battle with five tie scores and three lead changes. UH then pulled ahead, 9-6, and kept the advantage until Long Beach State reeled off four-straight points to go on top, 15-13. LBSU eventually closed out the set on a 9-4 run.
It was another close one in set four as neither team led by more than two. The 49ers held a 19-17 edge after a Crabb kill, but UH responded with three unanswered to go up, 20-19. It then went back-and-forth until the Rainbow Warriors pulled out the 27-25 win.
In the decisive fifth set, Hawai'i took a 12-7 lead following a 6-1 run. Gregory sided out with a kill but the Rainbow Warriors scored the next three points to emerge with the 15-8 victory.
Brook Sedore led Hawai'I with 24 kills and 11 digs, while Kolby Kanetake compiled a match-high 15 digs.
UH and LBSU split the regular-season series as the 49ers swept the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday.
Long Beach State will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when it hosts USC in its home opener. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
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