Junior Jeff Ornee had seven kills on .750 hitting and a match-high 11 digs in a 3-0 win over No. 3 Stanford.
Feb. 16, 2013
LONG BEACH - The fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team was dominant in a 25-20, 25-18, 25-11 win over No. 3 Stanford Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
The 49ers needed just 80 minutes to take down the Cardinal for their third-straight victory. They improved to 11-4 overall and 9-3 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to remain in a tie for second in the conference standings.
LBSU hit a blistering .397, while holding Stanford to a .152 attack percentage. Junior Taylor Crabb led the way with 15 kills (.444). Junior Jeff Ornee finished with seven kills on .750 hitting and added a match-high 11 digs. Junior Dalton Ammerman also chipped in eight kills and two aces. Junior Connor Olbright directed the offense with 35 assists.
Long Beach State held an early 4-3 lead in the first set before Ammerman served five-straight points to put the home team up, 9-3. The Cardinal would climb back within one at 18-17, but the 49ers used a 5-2 spurt to pull ahead 23-19. They went on to take set point on a Stanford service error and a Colten Echave kill ended it at 25-20.
The Cardinal (9-5, 6-5 MPSF) opened the second set on a 6-2 run, before LBSU used a 7-3 sprint to knot it up at 9-9. It went back-and-forth with five more tie scores before Long Beach State capitalized on a 6-1 spurt, capped by an Ammerman ace, to go on top, 21-15. The 49ers never looked back from there as a kill by Ammerman gave them the 25-18 victory.
LBSU carried its momentum into the third frame, jumping out to a 12-4 lead on a double block by Ornee and Taylor Gregory. Long Beach State would go on to outscore the Cardinal, 13-7, the rest of the way as the 49ers accounted for the final five points en route to the convincing 25-11 win.
Brian Cook led Stanford with 10 kills.
Long Beach State is back in action on Friday, Feb. 22, when it travels to Cal State Northridge for its lone match next week. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at The Matadome.
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