March 1, 2013
LONG BEACH - The third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team continued to dominate at home as it used a balanced effort to defeat UC Santa Barbara, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22, Friday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU (13-4, 11-3 MPSF) extended its season-long win streak to five and also earned its third-straight sweep at home. The 49ers are 6-1 when playing in Long Beach.
Junior Taylor Crabb led the way with 13 kills and six digs. Junior Ian Satterfield had a career-best eight kills while hitting at a .467 clip (8-1-15). Junior Dalton Ammerman also chipped in eight kills, seven digs and four blocks, while senior Colten Echave totaled six kills (.400) and five blocks. Redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory added a match-high six blocks.
Junior Connor Olbright tallied his fifth double-double of the season with 35 assists and 11 digs.
Long Beach State ended up owning an 11-to-7 advantage in blocks.
LBSU took an early 6-2 lead in the opening set after a 4-0 spurt that ended with a double block by Crabb and Gregory. The 49ers would eventually pull ahead by six at 11-5 on an Echave kill. Long Beach State stayed out front, but UCSB would cut the deficit to one (24-23) after holding off two set points. Following an LBSU timeout, the Gauchos missed their serve to give the home team the 25-23 victory.
UC Santa Barbara (7-12, 5-10 MPSF) used a 7-1 spurt in set two to hold an 11-6 advantage. The Gauchos led by at least three until the 49ers caught fire late in the match as they went on an 8-1 run to go up, 21-18. Satterfield sparked the rally with three kills. Long Beach State continued to outscore the visitors, 12-3, down the stretch and an Ammerman kill off the block ended it at 25-20.
Long Beach State never trailed in the third frame. The 49ers pulled ahead for good after UCSB tied it up for the fourth time at 5-5 as they scored three unanswered to go on top, 8-5. It went back-and-forth from there until a Gregory ace capped a 3-0 sprint, to give LBSU a 22-16 edge. The Gauchos responded with a 6-1 spurt to come within one at 23-22, but Ammerman and Echave had back-to-back kills for the 25-22 win.
UC Santa Barbara hit just .172 on the evening. Evan Licht had 11 kills (.080) and Miles Evans finished with 10 kills (.231).
Long Beach State continues its season-long eight-match homestand next week when it plays host to UC San Diego (March 6) and No. 1 UC Irvine (March 9). Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. start at the Walter Pyramid.
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