Sophomore Taylor Gregory had a season-high nine kills and 10 blocks at UC Santa Barbara.
Feb. 14, 2014
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team dropped a tough 3-1 decision at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara Friday night at Rob Gym. Set scores were 30-28, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20.
The 49ers saw their four-match win streak snapped, falling to 7-4 overall and 6-4 in MPSF action.
LBSU held a 15-to-5 advantage in total team blocks but was out dug, 58-38. Senior Taylor Crabb had a team-high 16 kills to go along with eight digs. Senior Dalton Ammerman also finished in double figures with 13 kills.
Sophomore Taylor Gregory registered a career-best nine kills and a season-high 10 blocks, while senior Ian Satterfield chipped in nine kills, six digs and six blocks. Sophomore Andrew Sato also compiled a team-best 10 digs.
After going back-and-forth to start the first set, Long Beach State went on an 8-1 run, capped by a Satterfield kill, to pull ahead, 13-6. The 49ers stayed out front and led by at least four until UC Santa Barbara used a late 5-1 spurt to tie it up at 20-20. LBSU reclaimed its lead with a kill by Ammerman, but the Gauchos continued to side out and held off four 49er set points before eventually coming away with the 30-28 victory.
Long Beach State held an early 8-5 edge in set two and increased its cushion to five (18-13) on the heels of a 4-1 run. UCSB quickly answered with four-straight points to cut its deficit to one, but the visitors refused to relinquish their lead and claimed the 25-23 victory on a Gregory and Satterfield block, evening the match at one set apiece.
It was another close one in the third frame as neither team led by more than three until late in the set. LBSU looked like it was in the driver's seat after taking a 17-15 advantage on a double block by Ammerman and Gregory, but UC Santa Barbara came right back to knot it up at 17-all. The two squads then traded points before the Gauchos broke the ninth tie score of the set (19-19) by accounting for six of the next eight points for the 25-21 win.
It was a game of short runs in the fourth set, which featured seven lead changes and 11 tie scores. Long Beach State went on top, 15-12, following a UCSB hitting error. The Gauchos then came back with a 4-1 spurt to even it up at 16-16, and they would proceed to make the final push, outscoring the 49ers, 7-2, down the stretch to take the set and match at 25-20.
UC Santa Barbara (8-3, 7-3 MPSF) was led by Austin Kingi, who had 20 kills and 12 digs. Evan Licht and Matt Hanley added 17 kills each.
Long Beach State is back in action next Wednesday (Feb. 19) when it entertains No. 9 UC Irvine at the Walter Pyramid, with first serve set for 7 p.m. It will be just the third home match for the 49ers this season and their first since Jan. 24.
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