49er Men's Volleyball Defeats No. 11 Pacific in Straight Sets
Feb. 15, 2013
LONG BEACH - The fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team defeated No. 11 Pacific, 25-19, 25-22, 25-19, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU (10-4, 8-3 MPSF), which has won five of its last six matches, is tied for second in the conference standings with No. 1 UC Irvine.
Junior Taylor Crabb led the 49ers with 14 kills, marking his 12th-consecutive double-figure kill match. Redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory tied his season best with eight kills, while hitting .700, and senior Colten Echave added six kills (.625).
Long Beach State jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening set following a kill by Echave. Pacific would chip away and pull within one at 11-10, but the 49ers answered with four-straight points. After the Tigers called a timeout they ended the rally with a sideout, but the home team continued on a 7-1 run to go up, 18-11, on a kill from Ornee. Pacific came back within three before LBSU outscored the Tigers, 4-1, down the stretch for the 25-19 win.
The two teams went back-and-forth in the second frame with 20 tie scores and seven lead changes. Pacific went on top, 21-20, before Long Beach State ended strong, using a 5-1 spurt, capped by an Olbright ace, to prevail 25-22.
The 49ers pulled ahead late in set three as they ran away with the 25-19 victory. There were 10 tie scores before LBSU went up for good on a Tiger service error (17-16). That started a 6-1 sprint that put Long Beach State on top, 22-17. The 49ers went on to take match point with a kill from Gregory before ending it on a double block by Ornee and Echave.
Pacific (5-5, 3-5 MPSF) hit .204 as a team and was led by Chirstian Ahlin's nine kills (.615). Taylor Hughes also had nine kills, while Javier Caceres registered a match-high 17 digs.
Long Beach State is right back in action tomorrow night when it entertains No. 3 Stanford. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.