Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Tops Pacific on the Road, 3-1
March 29, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. - The third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team defeated Pacific on the road, 25-23, 27-25, 19-25, 25-16, Friday evening at Alex G. Spanos Center.
Junior Ian Satterfield led the 49ers with a career-high 15 kills on .414 hitting. He also matched his career best with nine digs and three blocks.
Junior Taylor Crabb finished with 15 kills, putting him just two away from becoming LBSU's 20th 1,000-career kill performer. Junior Dalton Ammerman added 14 kills, while freshman Andrew Sato had a team-high 13 digs.
Long Beach State owned a dominating 14.5-to-7.0 edge in total team blocks, with redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory and senior Colten Echave notching seven each. Junior Connor Olbright also had 50 assists, seven digs and five blocks as he directed the offense to a .326 hitting percentage.
LBSU (18-7, 14-6 MPSF) started off strong in the opening set, holding a 7-5 lead before Pacific's Taylor Hughes had back-to-back kills to tie it up at 7-7. The two teams then traded points until the 49ers pulled ahead, 17-14, on a double block by Gregory and Satterfield. They went on take set point at 24-20 following a Crabb kill. The Tigers then made their final push, closing the gap to one, but Long Beach State was able to prevail, 25-23, on a kill from Gregory.
In set two, Pacific took an early three-point lead before LBSU knotted it up at 11-11 on a Crabb kill. The Tigers went back on top by three, but Ammerman responded with three-straight kills which evened the score at 15-15. The 49ers eventually used a 4-1 run to take their first advantage of the set at 19-18. It then went back-and-forth with seven ties until consecutive kills from Echave and Crabb gave the visitors the 27-25 victory.
Long Beach State went up 8-5 on a kill from Satterfield in the third frame. Pacific then answered with a 7-2 sprint to pull ahead, 12-10. The Tigers led by as many as five before the 49ers used a 5-2 spurt, capped by a Satterfield kill, to cut the deficit to two at 21-19. That was the closest they would get, however, as Pacific reeled off the final four points for the 25-19 win.
LBSU took control in the fourth set as it led wire-to-wire. The 49ers went on a late 11-3 run to go up, 24-14. After Pacific held off two match points, Crabb's 15th kill of the night ended it at 25-16.
Pacific (6-16, 3-15 MPSF) hit .302 on the evening and was paced by Hughes' match-high 20 kills. Matthew Houlihan chipped in 13 kills and 12 digs.
Long Beach State has secured a spot in the MPSF playoffs and is currently third in the standings behind No. 1 BYU and No. 2 UC Irvine. The 49ers are back in action tomorrow when they take on No. 6 Stanford at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.