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Crabb Leads 49ers to 3-2 Comeback Win at No. 7 Stanford

Senior Taylor Crabb had a career-high 29 kills and 12 digs in a thrilling five-set win at No. 7 Stanford.

Jan. 31, 2014

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STANFORD, Calif. - Behind a career-high 29 kills from senior Taylor Crabb, the sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team pulled off a 3-2 comeback win at No. 7 Stanford Friday evening at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 17-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-18, 15-11.

Crabb, whose 29 kills were the most by any player in the MPSF this season, added 12 digs for his second-straight double-double. He also finished with two aces and hit .324.

Senior Ian Satterfield contributed 13 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Andrew Sato registered his fifth double-figure dig match with 13.

Senior Connor Olbright also notched his second consecutive double-double with 52 assists and a career-high 17 digs.

LBSU, which earned its fourth-straight victory in its series with Stanford, improved to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in MPSF action.

Stanford (4-4, 1-4 MPSF) led wire-to-wire in the first set as it jumped out to an early 7-1 lead. Long Beach State cut the deficit to four at 16-12 after a kill from Satterfield and a Cardinal hitting error. The home team would go back on top by six, but after a 49er timeout, LBSU scored three-straight points, capped by an Olbright ace, to make it 20-17. Stanford then proceeded to score the next five points for the 25-17 victory.

It was a seesaw battle early in set two with six ties and three lead changes before Long Beach State pulled ahead, 16-13, on an ace from Eric Ensing. The Cardinal eventually knotted it up at 17-17 and it went back-and-forth again with seven more tie scores. LBSU was able to hold off three set points until a kill from Daniel Tublin gave Stanford the 27-25 win.

The 49ers regrouped and came out attacking in the third frame. They used a huge 9-0 run to go on top, 11-2, and never looked back as they led by at least six the rest of the way. A Stanford service error would end it at 25-18.

Long Beach State used a late push in the fourth set for another 25-18 victory. The Cardinal held a 10-7 advantage, but the 49ers came back to even the score at 10-10 on a Crabb kill. After trading points, LBSU used a 6-2 spurt to go up, 18-14. Long Beach State continued to side out and back-to-back kills from Crabb and Satterfield closed it out, forcing the decisive fifth set.

The 49ers had another late surge in the final stanza as they broke a 10-10 tie with four-straight points. After Stanford sided out, a kill by Jeff Ornee gave the 49ers the 15-11 win.

Brian Cook paced Stanford with 15 kills, while Grant Delgado had a match-high 18 digs.

Long Beach State will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it heads to Pacific for a 7 p.m. MPSF showdown.



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