49er Men's Volleyball Tops IPFW in Straight Sets
March 16, 2013
LONG BEACH - The third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team wrapped up the Active Ankle Tournament with a 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 victory over IPFW Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU improved to 16-6 overall and is now an impressive 9-3 in home matches.
The 49ers once again played around with their lineup as redshirt freshmen Dan Glamack (outside hitter) and John Henry (middle blocker) made their first career starts. Glamack finished with nine kills, four digs and three blocks, while Henry tallied three kills and four blocks.
Junior Taylor Crabb was back in the starting six and posted a match-high 18 kills on .371 hitting. Junior Connor Olbright also notched his second-straight double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs. Junior Jeff Ornee added seven kills and nine digs, and senior McKay Smith had a team-best five blocks.
IPFW (9-8) took an early 7-5 lead in set one, but Long Beach State tied it up with a kill and an ace by Ornee. The Mastodons then pulled ahead, 13-9, and stayed out front until LBSU scored five unanswered to go on top, 22-20. IPFW responded by knotting it up at 23-23 and it went back-and-forth before Crabb and Glamack had consecutive kills to end it in favor of the home team, 26-24.
The 49ers broke a 5-5 tie in the second set with a 6-1 run that gave them an 11-6 advantage. The Mastodons cut the deficit to two and the teams then traded points before Long Beach State used another 6-2 spurt, capped by a kill from Smith, to go up, 20-15. LBSU continued to roll from there as back-to-back kills from Crabb gave it the 25-17 victory.
The third stanza was a close one until the 49ers made a late push to pull away for the 25-20 win. Neither team led by more than two before Long Beach State scored five-straight points to go up, 21-15. LBSU sided out the rest of the way and prevailed on an Olbright kill.
Eddie Rivera paced IPFW with 11 kills, while Andy Sellan had 10. Luis Bertran also finished with 10 digs.
Long Beach State resumes Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play next week when it closes out its season-long eight-match homestand by hosting No. 12 Cal Baptist (March 21) and No. 1 BYU (March 23).