Long Beach State Extends Win Streak to Four With 3-0 Victory Over Pacific
March 1, 2014
LONG BEACH - The fifth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team cruised to its fourth-straight victory as it swept Pacific, 25-15, 25-19, 25-18, Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
The 49ers, who have won eight of their last nine, improved to 11-4 overall and 10-4 in MPSF action.
Senior Taylor Crabb led the way with a match-high 18 kills on .552 hitting. He also had five digs and a team-best four blocks.
Senior Dalton Ammerman finished with seven kills and 10 digs, while sophomore Andrew Sato recorded 10 digs as well. Senior Ian Satterfield chipped in eight kills and classmate Jeff Ornee had five kills and no errors on six attempts (.833).
Senior Connor Olbright directed LBSU to a .438 hitting percentage with 39 assists. He also compiled seven digs.
Long Beach State never trailed in the first set as it broke open a 6-6 tie with a 9-2 run, which ended with a Crabb kill, to take a commanding 15-8 lead. The 49ers stayed out front by at least five before they outscored Pacific, 8-3, down the stretch for the 25-15 victory.
LBSU looked like it was going to run away in set two after going up 5-2 on a kill from Satterfield, but the Tigers chipped away and eventually knotted it up at 9-9. The two teams then went back-and-forth with 10 more tie scores, until Long Beach State made the final push. Behind the strong serving of Olbright, the home team accounted for the final six points to give them the 25-19 win.
The 49ers pulled ahead midway through the third set, taking a 17-10 lead on the heels of an 8-2 spurt. Crabb sparked the run with five kills. LBSU continued to sideout and eventually ended it at 25-18 on an Ammerman kill.
Pacific (2-15, 1-13 MPSF) hit just .170 on the night and was paced by Thomas Hodges' 12 kills.
Long Beach State is back in action next weekend when it entertains league-leading and second-ranked BYU on Friday, March 7. The 49ers will also host unranked Cal Baptist on Saturday, March 8. First serve for both matches is slated for 7 p.m.
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