Sixth-Ranked 49ers Roll Past No. 7 UC Irvine, 3-0
Feb. 19, 2014
LONG BEACH - The sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team started off its season-long eight-match homestand on the right foot as it swept two-time defending national champion and seventh-ranked UC Irvine, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, Wednesday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU, which was playing just its third home match of the season, improved to 8-4 overall and 7-4 in MPSF action.
Senior Taylor Crabb led the way once again with 19 kills and just three errors on 33 attempts for a .485 clip. He has compiled at least 15 kills, while hitting over .300, in each of the last five outings.
Senior Dalton Ammerman finished with eight kills and seven digs, and classmate Ian Satterfield added six kills and seven digs. Senior setter Connor Olbright directed the offense to a .351 hitting percentage with 34 assists. He also chipped in six digs, three blocks and a season-high four kills.
UC Irvine (9-8, 6-7 MPSF) got off to a strong start, taking an 8-3 lead in the opening set. After Long Beach State called a timeout, it used a 3-1 spurt to close the gap to three. The Anteaters would go back on top by five before the 49ers answered with a 9-3 run, capped by a Crabb ace, to take their first advantage of the night at 21-20. Three tie scores would follow, but LBSU went on to claim the 25-23 win on Crabb's eighth kill of the set.
Long Beach State took control in set two, pulling ahead 10-5 on a kill by Olbright. The 49ers then put together a 4-1 spurt out of a UCI timeout to go on top, 14-7. LBSU continued to cruise and a kill from Taylor Gregory eventually gave the home team the 25-16 victory.
The third set went back-and-forth with 10 tie scores before the 49ers broke it open with a 7-2 run that gave them a 20-15 lead. The Anteaters responded with a 5-1 spurt of their own to come within one, but Long Beach State would not relinquish its lead as it took match point on an ace from Satterfield, before finishing it out at 25-22.
Zack La Cavera paced UC Irvine with 15 kills, while Michael Brinkley had a match-high 10 digs. The Anteaters hit .230 as a team.
Long Beach State is back in the Walter Pyramid on Friday, Feb. 21, when it hosts unranked UC San Diego at 7 p.m.