Junior Taylor Crabb had a match-high 15 kills and hit at a .522 clip in a 3-0 win over Hawai'i on Saturday.
Jan. 19, 2013
LONG BEACH - The ninth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team made quick work of the University of Hawai'i as it defeated the Warriors, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18, Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
Less than 24 hours after the 49ers were pushed to a marathon five-set match by the Warriors, they put together one of their best efforts of the young season. Long Beach State hit a season-high .455 (45-10-77) and outblocked UH, 10-to-6.5.
Junior Taylor Crabb led the way once again with 15 kills and a career-high .522 hitting percentage. He also finished with five blocks and three aces. Junior Dalton Ammerman had 10 kills and classmate Jeff Ornee totaled nine kills and nine digs. Redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory chipped in five kills and six blocks. Junior Connor Olbright directed the offense with 39 assists, while adding five digs and two kills.
Long Beach State (5-2, 3-1 MPSF) never trailed in the first set as it cruised to the 25-14 victory. The 49ers raced out to a 6-1 lead after back-to-back kills from Crabb. Hawai'i then sided out after calling a timeout, but LBSU eventually went on a 7-3 spurt, to pull ahead 17-7. Crabb sparked the run with two kills and a block during that stretch. Long Beach State was never threatened from there as it led by at least seven the rest of the way.
In set two, the 49ers pulled ahead, 10-6, and the two teams traded points before the Warriors went on an 11-4 run to hold their first lead of the night at 17-16. LBSU then took a well-used timeout as it scored eight unanswered out of the short break to take set point at 24-17 on a Crabb ace. UH had one side out before a kill from Ammerman ended it at 25-18.
It went back-and-forth early in the third frame until Long Beach State used a 6-1 sprint, capped by an Ornee kill, to go on top, 10-5. The 49ers stayed out front and took match point at 24-18. Crabb and Gregory then teamed up for a double block to end it at 25-18.
Hawai'i (1-6, 0-4 MPSF) hit just .119 on the evening and did not have any players in double figures. Brook Sedore registered a team-best eight kills.
Long Beach State is back on the road next weekend as it heads to UC Irvine (Jan. 25) and UC San Diego (Jan. 26) for a pair of MPSF matches.
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