Long Beach State Suffers 3-0 Setback to No. 4 USC in Home Opener
Jan. 22, 2014
LONG BEACH - The fifth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team dropped its home opener to No. 4 USC, 25-19, 25-22, 33-31, Wednesday evening in front of a crowd of 1,080 at the Walter Pyramid.
USC (4-1, 3-1 MPSF) kept the 49ers out of rhythm with its strong play in the back row. The Trojans ended up owning a 49-26 advantage in digs.
LBSU (3-3, 2-3 MPSF) hit a season-low .188 on the night. Seniors Taylor Crabb and Dalton Ammerman each finished with 11 kills, while Ammerman added a team-best seven digs. Senior Ian Satterfield also had nine kills, three digs and three blocks.
Crabb had two quick kills to start the first set, but USC came back strong to take a 10-6 lead. Long Beach State chipped away and eventually tied it up at 12-12 on a double block from Satterfield and Connor Olbright. It then went back-and-forth before the Trojans used an 8-2 run to go up, 23-17. USC would side out over the next four points for the 25-19 win.
In set two, the 49ers went on top 7-4 with a Crabb kill. The Trojans then evened the score at 7-7, and eventually pulled ahead 13-10. LBSU responded with three unanswered points to knot it up at 13-13, but USC used a late push to go up, 23-19. The 49ers were able to hold off two set points before the visitors closed it out at 25-22.
Long Beach State left everything on the floor in a marathon third set that saw 20 ties and seven lead changes. LBSU held a 19-15 edge following a kill by Satterfield, but USC's Lucas Yoder then delivered three-straight kills, sparking a 5-0 spurt that gave the Trojans a 20-19 lead. Bryce Yould ended the rally with a kill and that started the seesaw battle as the two teams went toe-to-toe before consecutive kills from Yoder gave USC the 33-31 victory.
Yoder finished with a match-high 19 kills for the Trojans, who hit .355 as a team. Cristian Rivera added 17 kills, while Micah Christenson registered a double-double with 46 assists and 17 digs. Henry Cassiday chipped in 15 digs.
Long Beach State will look to bounce back on Friday, Jan. 24, when it entertains top-ranked Pepperdine at 7 p.m.