Junior Taylor Crabb had a career-high 23 kills to go along with a season-best 12 digs in a 3-1 win at Cal Baptist.
Jan. 29, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team earned a hard-fought 26-28, 25-21, 27-25, 25-23, MPSF road win over No. 14 Cal Baptist Tuesday evening at Van Dyne Gym.
The 49ers (7-3, 5-2 MPSF) hit an impressive .325 and had a season-best 56 digs. They also out blocked the Lancers by seven (10-to-3).
Junior Taylor Crabb led LBSU with his second double-double of the season as he registered a career-high 23 kills to go along with 12 digs. Crabb committed just one error for a .478 clip (23-1-46). Junior Dalton Ammerman also finished with 11 kills, 12 digs and four blocks, while freshman Andrew Sato added a match-best 15 digs.
Long Beach State used a 6-2 run midway through the first set to pull ahead, 17-12. Cal Baptist then answered with four-straight points to close the gap to one, but the 49ers ended the spurt with an Ammerman kill and eventually went up 23-20 following a kill from Crabb. After calling a timeout, the Lancers came back to tie it up at 23-23 and the two teams then traded points until CBU had a kill and an ace for the 28-26 victory.
Cal Baptist (4-4, 1-2 MPSF) held a 10-6 advantage in the second frame, before LBSU went on a 10-4 sprint to go on top, 16-14. The Lancers would knot it up at 17-17, but Long Beach State pulled back ahead and took set point on an ace from Connor Olbright (24-20). A Taylor Gregory kill then gave the 49ers the 25-21 win, tying the match at one set apiece.
LBSU owned a 19-14 edge in set three after a kill by Ian Satterfield, but Cal Baptist scored five unanswered points to even the playing field. It remained close the rest of the way and back-to-back kills from Ammeran and Crabb eventually ended it in favor of the visitors, 27-25.
It was a seesaw battle in the fourth stanza with neither team leading by more than two until Long Beach State made a late push to take match point at 24-21 after a double block by Gregory and Jeff Ornee. The Lancers were able to hold off two match points before LBSU prevailed, 25-23, on a Colten Echave kill.
Guilherme Koepp paced Cal Baptist with 21 kills and 10 digs, while Levi Cabral chipped in 18 kills.
Long Beach State remained in sole possession of second place in the conference standings and is off to its best 10-game start since 2008 when it claimed a share of the MPSF regular season title.
The 49ers are back in action on Friday, Feb. 1, when they head to league-leading and top-ranked BYU for a 6 p.m. (PST) match.
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