49er Men's Volleyball Topples No. 2 BYU, 3-1
March 7, 2014
LONG BEACH - The third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team took down No. 2 BYU, 3-1, in a key MPSF match-up Friday evening in front of 1,645 fans at the Walter Pyramid. Set scores were 25-21, 25-16, 25-27, 26-24.
LBSU, which extended its win streak to five matches, improved to 12-4 overall and 11-4 in MPSF action. The 49ers handed the Cougars just their second conference loss as the visitors dropped to 12-4 overall, 12-2 MPSF.
Long Beach State held a commanding 61-45 advantage in digs and had three players finish with a double-double. Senior Taylor Crabb led the way with 21 kills and 13 digs. He registered his fifth-straight match with three or fewer errors as he hit .429 on the night. Senior Dalton Ammerman added 16 kills and 13 digs, while classmate Ian Satterfield had 12 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Andrew Sato also totaled 13 digs, and senior Jeff Ornee chipped in nine kills, four blocks and two aces.
Senior Connor Olbright recorded a season-high 61 assists as he directed the offense to a .391 hitting percentage. Olbright also compiled nine digs.
Long Beach State took an early 5-2 lead in the first set, but BYU answered with two quick points. The 49ers then sided out and the two teams would go back-and-forth before LBSU went on a 10-3 run, capped by a Crabb kill, to pull ahead, 18-10. The home team stayed out front and eventually claimed the 25-21 victory on a kill by Ornee.
Ammerman started off set two with a kill and Long Beach State never trailed as it went up 8-4 following an ace from Ornee. The Cougars closed the gap to two, but LBSU responded with a 4-1 spurt, which ended with a Satterfield kill, to go on top by five at 13-8. The 49ers continued to roll, outscoring BYU, 8-3, down the stretch for a convincing 25-16 win.
The third frame was more tightly contested as neither team led by more than three. LBSU was in control most of the way and pulled ahead 23-22 after a kill from Ornee. The Cougars then used a late rally to take set point at 24-23. Long Beach State extended the set with a couple of Crabb kills, but BYU was able to stay alive as it held on for the 27-25 victory.
The 49ers battled back from a six-point deficit to take the fourth set and the match. BYU pulled ahead, 19-13, and then LBSU started chipping away as it came within two at 20-18 following back-to-back kills from Ammerman. The Cougars would go back on top by four at 22-18, before Long Beach State made its final push, putting together a 7-1 run to close it out at 26-24.
Taylor Sander paced BYU with 24 kills and 11 digs.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, March 8, when it entertains Cal Baptist at 7 p.m.
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