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LBSU men's volleyball unable to slow down top-ranked UC Irvine in 3-0 loss

Sophomore Taylor Crabb had a team-best 10 kills in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 UC Irvine.

March 17, 2012

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LONG BEACH - The ninth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team was swept by No. 1 UC Irvine, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.

UCI improved to 18-3 overall and 14-3 in MPSF play, while LBSU dropped to 10-11, 5-9 MPSF.

The 49ers hit just .183 on the night and were led by sophomore Taylor Crabb's 10 kills. Senior Brad Hemmerling also finished with six kills and seven digs.

It was a sideout game early in the first set with five tie scores before UC Irvine pulled ahead, 9-6. Long Beach State came back within one after a John La Rusch kill and an Anteater hitting error, but UCI stayed out front and eventually took a 19-14 lead. LBSU was able to cut the deficit to 20-17 before the visitors went on a 5-2 run to close out the set at 25-19.

In set two, the 49ers went up 7-4 on a Colten Echave ace before they used a 4-2 spurt, capped by a double block from Jeff Ornee and La Rusch, to open up an 11-6 lead. After UC Irvine called a timeout, it proceeded to score three unanswered points to close the gap to two. LBSU went back on top by four, but the Anteaters would go on an 11-3 run to pull ahead, 22-17. Long Beach State then sided out and made it 22-20 with an ace from Hemmerling and a hitting error by Scott Kevorken, but it wouldn't get any closer as UCI notched three-straight kills for the 25-20 victory.

The Anteaters took an early 10-7 advantage in the third set before the 49eres answered with a 4-1 spurt to knot it up at 11-11. UC Irvine scored the next two points and took control from there, going up 20-13 on a hitting error by Crabb before cruising to the 25-17 victory.

UC Irvine finished with nine service aces, five of which came from Dan McDonnell. Kevin Tillie totaled a match-high 14 kills and eight digs, and Jeremy Dejno added 11 kills and seven digs.

Long Beach State closes out its six-match homestand next weekend when it plays host to No. 4 BYU on Friday (March 23) and Saturday (March 24).



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