49ers Let Two-Set Lead Slip Away in 3-2 Loss to No. 5 UCLA
March 13, 2013
LONG BEACH - The third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team won the first two sets but could not finish off No. 5 UCLA as the Bruins came back for the 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-10 victory Wednesday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU, which lost its second match in a row for just the first time this season, fell to 14-6 overall and 12-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Junior Taylor Crabb registered his sixth 20-kill match as he finished with 21 kills on .326 hitting. Junior Dalton Ammerman added 15 kills, but committed 10 errors for a .139 clip. The duo also had seven digs each.
Freshman Andrew Sato anchored the defense with a season-high 16 digs, and junior Ian Satterfield totaled a career-best nine digs. Satterfield earned the start in place of Jeff Ornee, who was out with an illness.
The 49ers led wire-to-wire in the first set, taking an early 2-0 advantage on a Crabb kill. Long Beach State then went up, 9-5, following a 3-0 spurt, which ended with a kill from Satterfield. UCLA would close the gap to one, but LBSU continued to sideout and finished strong as it held set point at 24-19. A kill by redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory eventually ended it in favor of the home team, 25-21.
Long Beach State was at its most efficient in set one as it posted a .474 attack percentage.
The second frame started as a back-and-forth affair with four ties before the 49ers scored four unanswered to go on top, 8-4. The Bruins came within one twice, but LBSU had an answer both times and went on top by five at 20-15 on a Gregory kill. Long Beach State stayed in control the rest of the way and prevailed, 25-21.
UCLA (14-9, 10-7 MPSF) raced out to a 9-5 lead in set two before the 49ers went on a 6-1 run, capped by a Connor Olbright kill, to pull ahead, 11-10. The two teams then traded points until the Bruins finished strong, using a 10-3 sprint to take set point at 24-18. LBSU sided out with a kill from Satterfield, but UCLA blocked Long Beach State's next attempt for the 25-19 win.
It was another tightly contested game in set four as neither team led by more than four. The 49ers held that four-point advantage at 16-12, but the Bruins responded with an 8-2 run to go up, 22-19. Long Beach State came back with four-straight points to hold a 23-22 edge, but a Gonzalo Quiroga kill ended the rally and UCLA went on to the 26-24 victory.
UCLA carried its momentum into the final set, going up 5-1 and holding an 8-4 lead at the side switch. LBSU never really threatened as the Bruins ran away with the 15-10 victory. The visitors hit a blistering .650 (13-0-20) in the fifth stanza.
Dane Worley led UCLA with a career-high 26 kills, while Gonzalo Quiroga had 16.
Long Beach State is back at the Walter Pyramid this weekend when it hosts No. 15 George Mason (March 15) and IPFW (March 16) in the Active Ankle Tournament. Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. start.