Long Beach State Grinds Out 3-2 Win Over No. 15 George Mason
March 15, 2013
LONG BEACH - The third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team grinded out a 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 15-9, victory over No. 15 George Mason in the Active Ankle Tournament Friday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU (15-6), which is taking a break from an extremely tough Mountain Pacific Sports Federation slate, rested starters Colten Echave (middle blocker), Taylor Crabb (outside hitter) and Andrew Sato (libero).
In their absence, senior outside hitter Trevor Crabb, older brother of Taylor, stepped up with a career-high 23 kills, 10 digs and seven blocks. Sophomore libero Ryan Windisch also had 10 kills in his first start.
Junior Dalton Ammerman matched his career best with 21 kills, while junior Connor Olbright tallied his team-leading sixth double-double of the year. Olbright finished with a season-high 52 assists and 15 digs. Redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory added eight kills and a career-best nine blocks.
Long Beach State started strong, racing out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set. Ammerman led the way early with two kills and an ace during that stretch. The 49ers stayed out front until George Mason scored five unanswered to go up, 9-8. The two teams then went back-and-forth with six ties before LBSU used an 8-4 run, capped by a Jeff Ornee kill, to pull ahead, 22-18. Long Beach State went on to take set point following a kill from Ian Satterfield and a Patriot hitting error ended it in favor of the home team, 25-20.
George Mason (9-10) went up early in set two, but the 49ers remained within striking distance and took control with a 5-1 spurt that ended with an Ammerman kill for the 18-14 advantage. The Patriots came within one at 21-20, but LBSU then outscored the visitors, 4-1, for the 25-21 victory.
It was a seesaw battle in the third frame with 11 tie scores before George Mason went on a late 5-1 sprint to take a 22-18 lead. Long Beach State closed the gap to two, but the Patriots avoided the sweep by scoring the final three points for the 25-20 win.
The fourth stanza was another tightly contested set with 16 tie scores and three lead changes. George Mason pulled ahead 18-14 on the heels of a 5-0 run. The 49ers then came back with a 5-1 spurt of their own to knot it up at 19-19 on a kill from Crabb. It went back-and-forth and was all even at 23-23 before the Patriots prevailed, 25-23, on a pair of kills from Shaun Sibley.
LBSU held a 4-2 edge in the decisive fifth set, but George Mason would go up, 8-6, at the side switch. Long Beach State called a timeout and regrouped as it responded with a huge 9-1 run to pull out the 15-9 victory. Taylor Crabb entered the match at 10-9 and served the final five points.
Michael Kvidahl paced George Mason with 19 kills and 10 digs, while Mark Jones had 17 kills. Max McFarland also totaled a match-high 16 digs.
Long Beach State closes out the Active Ankle Tournament tomorrow night when it takes on IPFW at the Walter Pyramid. First serve is set for 7 p.m.