March 6, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Junior Taylor Crabb set a new career high, hitting .696 with no errors, finishing with 16 kills as Long Beach State defeated UC San Diego in straight sets 25-15, 28-26, 25-20. Overall, the 49ers hit .507 and had three hitters without an error on Wednesday night.
Crabb highlighted the day for the 49ers, making 16 kills on 23 attempts with no errors, but Long Beach State made just seven errors on the night total, while holding UCSD to .150 hitting and making 10 blocks overall, led by Taylor Gregory who had seven block assists to go along with four kills.
The 49ers cruised to an early lead in the first set on the way to a big win, hitting .462 along the way. Crabb put the 49ers on top 5-2, and scored again as the 49ers opened up a four point lead at 9-5. Crabb struck again with a block along with Gregory as the 49ers scored out of a Triton timeout to take a 12-7 lead. The advantage continued for Long Beach State as the 49ers picked up another block, this time from Gregory and Dalton Ammerman for a 17-9 lead. That would hold the rest of the way, as a Gregory kill finished off the set with a kill in a 25-15 win.
As slow start hurt the 49ers in the second set, as UC San Diego scored the first two points, and the Tritons eventually opened an 8-3 lead on an ace by Nick Iorfino, leading to a Long Beach State timeout. After the break, Long Beach State started their recovery, getting a sideout and pushing a point on an error by Vaun Lennon. Long Beach State would pull within one on a Connor Olbright ace at 10-9, but UCSD held on to the lead, taking a 15-12 advantage.
The 49ers had one more push ready in the second set, however, tying the set at 17, and taking their first lead on a blocking error by Garrett Dempsey. Tied 22-22, an Ian Satterfield error allowed the Tritons to retake the lead, but Long Beach State held off three set points, finally taking the lead on an Iorfino error at 27-26 and capitalizing on their chance with a Gregory kill on an overpass to take the set 28-26.
Keeping the momentum from their second set victory, the 49ers pushed three points from a 1-1 tie, and a tip by Gregory opened up an 8-4 lead. After a Cheyne Hayes error gave the 49ers a 10-5 lead, the Tritons made their final major push, scoring three straight points prior to a Matthew Schnitzer kill for a sideout. LBSU opened up a big lead once more, leading 18-12 on a Jeff Ornee kill and holding off UCSD the rest of way to capture the sweep 25-20.
Long Beach State returns to action on Saturday night, hosting No. 2 UC Irvine in a key MPSF matchup. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid.
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