49er Men's Volleyball Tops No. 8 Stanford in Four Sets
Feb. 28, 2014
LONG BEACH - Behind another efficient performance from senior Taylor Crabb, the fifth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team topped No. 8 Stanford, 3-1, Friday evening at the Walter Pyramid. Set scores were 25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23.
Crabb had 22 kills and no errors on 58 swings for a .379 hitting percentage. He also finished with 11 digs for his team-leading fifth double-double of the season.
Senior Connor Olbright notched his third double-double of the year with 47 assists and 10 digs to go along with four blocks. He directed the 49er offense to a .284 hitting percentage.
LBSU (10-4, 9-4 MPSF) has now won seven of its last eight matches, including four in a row at home. It also extended its win streak to five in its all-time series with Stanford.
Long Beach State held the early lead in set one, using a 6-2 run, capped by a Taylor Gregory kill, to go up, 9-5. The 49ers stayed out front until the Cardinal scored seven unanswered to pull ahead, 16-13. It then went back-and-forth before a pair of Stanford hitting errors, followed by back-to-back kills from Crabb, put LBSU on top, 21-20. It remained close the rest of the way and Stanford went on to take set point at 24-23. Long Beach State stayed alive with a couple of Crabb kills, but the Cardinal eventually claimed the 27-25 victory.
Stanford (9-7, 6-7 MPSF) carried its momentum into the second set, racing out to a 6-1 lead, but the 49ers quickly regrouped and came storming back with an 8-1 run to hold a 9-7 advantage. The Cardinal then evened it up at 9-9 and it became a seesaw battle with 12 more tie scores and five lead changes. Long Beach State would make the final push as Crabb's 12th kill of the match ended it at 25-23.
The two teams traded points to start the third frame before the 49ers took the lead for good at 8-6 on consecutive kills from Crabb. Long Beach State would go up by as many as four, but Stanford chipped away and cut its deficit to one at 16-15. After LBSU called a timeout, it proceeded to go on a 3-0 spurt to increase its cushion to 19-15. The home team continued to roll as it finished strong, scoring the final four points for the 25-18 win.
It was another close one in set four as neither team led by more than two until Long Beach State pulled ahead 23-20 following a double block by Ornee and Andrew Whitt. The 49ers went on to take match point at 24-21, before closing it out at 25-23 on a Stanford service error.
LBSU forced the Cardinal into 26 hitting errors, while they also had 17 missed serves. Both of those totals nearly doubled the amount of miscues committed by the 49ers. Brian Cook paced Stanford with 21 kills and 13 digs, while Steven Irvin backed him up with 14 kills and 13 digs.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid tomorrow night when it takes on Pacific in a 7 p.m. MPSF showdown.