Third-Ranked 49ers Hit Over .400 but Fall to No. 5 Pepperdine, 3-0
Feb. 6, 2013
LONG BEACH - Despite hitting at an impressive .438 clip, the third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team dropped a 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 decision to No. 5 Pepperdine Wednesday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU (8-4, 6-3 MPSF) was extremely efficient on the offensive end (43-8-80), but the Waves matched them with a .425 attack percentage (49-12-87) of their own.
Junior Taylor Crabb led the 49ers with a team-best 13 kills on .500 hitting. Junior Dalton Ammerman added nine kills (.389), while classmate Jeff Ornee had eight (.429). Redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory also hit at a .600 clip (seven kills).
It was a seesaw battle early in the opening set with seven tie scores before Pepperdine pulled ahead, 9-7, on an ace from Maurice Torres. The Waves stayed out front and eventually took a 15-11 lead. Long Beach State would answer with a 4-1 spurt, capped by a triple block, to cut the deficit to 18-17. The 49ers also trailed by one at 19-18, but Pepperdine claimed set point at 24-21. A kill by Crabb kept LBSU alive before the Waves emerged with the 25-22 victory on a Long Beach State service error.
The 49ers raced out to a 5-1 lead in set two and went up 11-6 on a Colten Echave ace. Pepperdine responded with five-straight points to tie it up at 11-11, before a Gregory kill ended the run. The two teams went back-and-forth until the Waves used a 7-4 spurt to go on top, 21-18. LBSU countered with four consecutive kills to reclaim the advantage at 22-21, but Pepperdine battled back for the 26-24 win.
Pepperdine (5-3, 5-3 MPSF) had the momentum to start the third frame, claiming an early 6-0 lead. The 49ers stopped the spurt with back-to-back kills from Crabb and continued on a 5-1 run of their own to make it 7-5. The Waves went back ahead by five, but LBSU stayed in it and eventually used a 9-4 sprint to take its first lead of the set at 20-19. Pepperdine regrouped, however, as it scored the final five points on Torres kills to take the set and match at 25-21.
Torres finished with a match-high 16 kills, while Josh Taylor chipped in 13 kills for the Waves.
Long Beach State, which remained in second place in the MPSF, is back in action on Friday, Feb. 8, when it welcomes No. 8 USC (2-4, 2-4 MPSF) to the Walter Pyramid for a 7 p.m. conference showdown.