Long Beach State Sweeps UC San Diego to Complete Perfect Week
Feb. 21, 2014
LONG BEACH - The sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team needed just 67 minutes to top unranked UC San Diego, 25-11, 25-15, 25-16, Friday night at the Walter Pyramid.
With the sweep, LBSU completed a perfect week as it also defeated No. 9 UC Irvine, 3-0, on Wednesday. The 49ers improved to 9-4 overall and 8-4 in MPSF action.
Long Beach State hit a season-best .493 and owned a 9-to-1 advantage in total team blocks. Senior Dalton Ammerman led the way with a match-high 11 kills and two aces. He did not commit an error on 17 swings for a career-best .647 hitting percentage.
Senior Taylor Crabb also finished in double figures with 10 kills (.562) to go along with six digs. Sophomore Taylor Gregory contributed four kills and a match-high six blocks, while senior Connor Olbright compiled 36 assists, six digs and four blocks.
It went back-and-forth to start the opening set before a strong serving run by Ammerman gave LBSU a 9-5 lead. The 49ers never slowed down as they continued to pull away with a 10-2 spurt, capped by an Ian Satterfield kill, to go on top, 21-9. Long Beach State eventually took the set at 25-11 on an ace from Ammerman. The home team had just one hitting error for a .556 clip in the first set.
In set two, the 49ers picked up right where they left off, racing out to an early 3-0 lead following another Ammerman ace. LBSU would increase its cushion to seven before UC San Diego used a 6-2 spurt to cut the deficit to three at 17-14. Long Beach State then came back with an 8-1 run of its own to close out the set at 25-15.
LBSU got off to another strong start in the third frame, going up 14-7 after back-to-back kills from Crabb. The 49ers led by at least five the rest of the way and ended up claiming the 25-16 victory.
UC San Diego (0-15, 0-14 MPSF) hit just .143 on the night. Mike Brunsting paced the Tritons with nine kills and five digs. Mathew Schnitzer also had six kills on .556 hitting.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid next weekend when it hosts Stanford (Friday, Feb. 28) and Pacific (Saturday, March 1).