Senior Colten Echave had a perfect night as he finished with nine kills on nine swings in the 49ers' 3-0 win at USC.
April 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The second-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team went into the Galen Center and took care of business on Thursday as it needed just 81 minutes to defeat USC, 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.
LBSU improved to 20-7 overall and 16-6 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. With the win, the 49ers secured home court advantage for the MPSF quarterfinals. They also registered the program's 16th 20-win campaign and first since 2008.
Long Beach State used a balanced attack with four players totaling a team-high nine kills each. Senior Colten Echave had a perfect night as he had nine kills on nine swings, while adding three blocks and two aces. Juniors Taylor Crabb, Dalton Ammerman and Ian Satterfield rounded out the quartet, while Satterfield and sophomore Ryan Windisch both finished with a match-high eight digs.
LBSU outblocked the Trojans 13-to-2 and was paced by redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory who had eight block assists. Ammerman and Satterfield added six blocks apiece.
The 49ers led wire-to-wire in the opening set as they went up 7-3 before going on a 9-2 run, capped by a double block from Echave and Ammerman, to take a comfortable 19-9 lead. USC would score five unanswered to pull within six, but an Echave kill stopped the rally and Long Beach State cruised to the 25-17 win.
LBSU used a big run midway through set two to prevail, 25-17. After the Trojans tied it up at 9-9, the 49ers went on an 8-0 spurt, which ended with an ace from Crabb, to go on top, 17-9. They went up by as many as 10 and a Crabb kill eventually gave the visitors the victory.
USC (5-16, 5-16 MPSF) led 3-2 early in the third frame, but Long Beach State proceeded to go on a 13-3 sprint, capped by a Crabb ace, to pull out front, 15-6. LBSU led by at least six the rest of the way and a kill by Satterfield closed it out at 25-17.
The Trojans hit just .111 on the night and were led by Joey Booth's 10 kills.
Long Beach State is back in action on Saturday, April 6, when it heads to Malibu for a 5 p.m. tilt with No. 5 Pepperdine.
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