@LBSU_MVB Comes up Short in 3-2 Loss to No. 5 UC Santa Barbara
April 3, 2014
LONG BEACH - The sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team saw its nine-match home winning streak come to an end with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to No. 5 UC Santa Barbara Thursday evening at the Walter Pyramid. Set scores were 16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12.
LBSU, which suffered its first defeat at home since Jan. 22, dropped to 16-8 overall and 13-8 in MPSF action, while the Gauchos improved to 15-7 overall, 14-7 MPSF. The 49ers are now fifth in the conference standings and sit one game behind Stanford and UCSB, who are tied for third.
The Beach was paced by senior Jeff Ornee, who registered his first career double-double with 10 kills and 11 blocks. He committed just one hitting error on 21 swings for a .429 clip. Senior Taylor Crabb also notched his ninth double-double of the year with a team-high 18 kills and 12 digs.
Seniors Ian Satterfield (16 kills, 10 digs) and Connor Olbright (47 assists, 12 digs) each added a double-double. In addition, Satterfield had seven blocks, while Olbright contributed a season-high tying four kills. Sophomore Andrew Sato led the squad with 16 digs.
Long Beach State led wire-to-wire in the opening set. The 49ers took a 13-8 advantage before UC Santa Barbara scored four unanswered to cut the deficit to one. LBSU called a timeout and then proceeded to go on an 8-2 run to pull ahead 21-14. The Gauchos never threatened from there as The Beach cruised to the 25-16 victory.
LBSU put the first three points on the board in set two and stayed out front until UCSB took its first advantage of the night at 6-5. The 49ers eventually reclaimed the lead at 10-9 following back-to-back kills from Crabb. The home team kept the momentum and went up, 16-11, on a Taylor Gregory kill, but the Gauchos responded with a 7-1 spurt to hold an 18-17 edge. It went back-and-forth with three tie scores before UC Santa Barbara outscored The Beach, 5-2, down the stretch for the 25-21 win.
The 49ers took an 11-7 lead to start the third frame. UCSB closed the gap to one, but Long Beach State rebuilt a four-point cushion at 19-15 after a Crabb kill. The Gauchos then started to chip away, tying it up at 20-20. LBSU sided out and the two teams traded points before consecutive kills from Dalton Ammerman and Crabb gave The Beach set point at 24-22. UC Santa Barbara stayed alive with a kill off the fingertips of the block, but followed with a service error as the 49ers emerged with the 25-23 triumph.
UCSB went on top, 15-12, in the fourth set before Long Beach State used a 5-1 run, capped by a Crabb kill, to pull ahead 17-16. After three tie scores, LBSU got back-to-back kills from Ornee and Satterfield for a 21-19 lead. The Gauchos wouldn't go down quietly, however, as they put together a 5-1 spurt to go up, 24-22. Satterfield answered with a kill, but a missed serve allowed UCSB to hold on for the 25-23 victory.
The decisive fifth started with four tie scores before a kill from Ornee and a double block by Gregory and Ammerman gave Long Beach State a 7-5 advantage. The 49ers entered a sideout game and led 8-6 at the side switch. The Gauchos then accounted for the next three points and would extend their lead to 11-9. LBSU stayed within striking distance but couldn't get a run going as UCSB held on for the 15-12 win.
UC Santa Barbara hit just .201, but had a strong defensive showing with 69 digs. Matt Hanley led the Gauchos with 21 kills, while Chad Kingi registered a match-high 24 digs.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, April 5, when it entertains No. 9 UCLA at 7 p.m.
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