March 30, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior Taylor Crabb had a team-high 17 kills and reached a career milestone as he led the third-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team to a 3-2 win against No. 6 Stanford Saturday at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 25-10, 25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 15-6.
Crabb's 17 kills gives him 1,015 in his two-plus year career at LBSU, making him the program's 20th 1,000-kill performer. He sits at No. 19 among the 49er all-time leaders.
Junior Ian Satterfield, who had a career-best 15 kills against Pacific on Friday, topped that outing with 16 kills and six blocks. Junior Dalton Ammerman chipped in 12 kills and four blocks, while senior Colten Echave finished with 10 kills on .600 hitting.
Long Beach State (19-7, 15-6 MPSF) raced out to a 9-2 lead in the first set. The 49ers held a comfortable advantage the rest of the way as they went up 20-9 before going on a 5-1 run down the stretch with an Echave kill ending it at 25-10.
LBSU pulled ahead again in set two, going up 12-8 on a Satterfield kill. The Cardinal would eventually knot it up at 16-16, but after trading points, Long Beach State went back on top by two. Stanford would answer once more as it evened the score at 20-20, but the 49ers then took set point on an Ammerman kill before a Cardinal hitting error gave the visitors the 25-23 victory.
Stanford (12-10, 9-10 MPSF) scored the first four points of the third frame and continued to take a 9-1 advantage. LBSU was able to cut the deficit to 14-10 before the Cardinal pulled out front, 21-12. Long Beach State used another late push with a 4-0 spurt to make it 23-18, but Stanford notched the next two for the 25-18 win.
It was a back-and-forth affair in set four with seven ties until Stanford took the lead for good at 10-9. The Cardinal then pulled ahead 14-10 and stayed out front by at least a pair until a kill by Ammerman and a double block from Olbright and Taylor Gregory made it 18-17. Stanford responded with a 6-2 sprint to take set point at 24-19. Two-straight kills by Crabb kept the 49ers alive until the home team prevailed, 25-21.
Long Beach State regrouped in the fifth stanza as it went up 10-4 on the heels of a 6-1 run which ended with a Satterfield kill. LBSU rolled from there, scoring the final four points for the 15-6 victory.
Stanford hit .305 as a team and was paced by Brian Cook's 17 kills. Steven Irvin also registered a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.
With the win, the 49ers moved into second place in the MPSF standings as UC Irvine fell to UCLA. Long Beach State, which has already clinched one of the eight playoff spots, has put itself in good position to secure home court advantage as the top four will host a quarterfinal match.
LBSU is back on the road next week when it travels to USC (April 4) and Pepperdine (April 6) for a pair of 7 p.m. MPSF contests. The match against the Trojans will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.
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