Taylor Crabb Powers 49ers Past No. 2 UCLA, 3-1
Feb. 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Taylor Crabb was unstoppable on Wednesday night as he carried the sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team to a big 3-1 MPSF win over No. 2 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23.
Crabb matched his career high with 29 kills, but even more impressive was the fact that he had just one hitting error on 56 attempts for a .500 clip. He has reached double figures in every match this season, including five outings with 20 or more. Three of those 20-plus kill performances have come in the last four matches as he had 24 vs. Pepperdine and 29 at Stanford.
Crabb also finished with a career-best 16 digs for his team-leading fourth double-double of the year. Crabb added five blocks and one ace to fill out the stat sheet.
Senior Dalton Ammerman contributed 13 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Andrew Sato had 12 digs. Sophomore Taylor Gregory registered a team-best six blocks and senior Connor Olbright dished out 52 assists.
LBSU extended its win streak to four matches, improving to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in MPSF action. Eleventh-year head coach Alan Knipe also reached a milestone as it was his 200th career victory at the helm of the program.
Long Beach State looked dominant in the first set, racing out to an early 4-1 lead on a kill by Ammerman. The 49ers never let up as they proceeded to go on a 12-7 run, capped by a triple block, to pull ahead, 16-8. LBSU held a comfortable lead the rest of the way and a Crabb kill eventually ended it at 25-16.
Crabb finished with seven kills and no errors on 12 attempts in the opening set. As a team, Long Beach State hit .400, while holding the Bruins to a .188 clip.
It went back-and-forth to start set two, but the 49ers would use a 6-2 spurt to go on top, 10-6. UCLA closed the gap to two before LBSU reeled off three-straight points, increasing its cushion to five at 19-15. Long Beach State then continued to side out and claimed the 25-20 victory on a kill from Ammerman.
In the third set, the 49ers took a 12-7 advantage on an Ian Satterfield ace, but the Bruins answered with a 5-1 run to come within one. LBSU was able to side out and stayed out front until UCLA took its first lead of the set at 18-17. Long Beach State reclaimed the edge at 22-21, but after a Bruin timeout, the home team would score the next four points for the 25-22 win.
UCLA (10-3, 7-2 MPSF) carried its momentum into the next frame as it went up 5-0 in the fourth set. A missed serve by the Bruins ended the rally and the 49ers started to chip away as they cut the deficit to 12-11. LBSU stayed within striking distance before UCLA took a late 21-17 lead. The 49ers did not panic, however, as they called a timeout and came back with an 8-2 spurt to take the set and match at 25-23.
Gonzalo Qurioga led UCLA with 20 kills and 10 digs, while Robart Page added 18 kills.
Long Beach State is back in action on Friday, Feb. 14, when it heads to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara for a 7 p.m. MPSF showdown.