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@LBSU_MVB Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker to No. 9 UCLA

Sophomore Cody Martin had a career-high 18 kills in a 3-2 loss to No. 9 UCLA on Saturday.
(Photo by John Fajardo)

April 5, 2014

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LONG BEACH - The sixth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team's furious fifth-set rally fell just short in a 23-25, 26-24, 26-24, 18-25, 15-13, loss to No. 9 UCLA Saturday evening in front of 1,587 fans at the Walter Pyramid.

The Bruins led 8-3 in the final set before the 49ers came storming back with a 7-2 run, capped by a kill from Cody Martin, to tie it up at 10-all. It then went back-and-forth until the visitors had consecutive kills to end it at 15-13.

Long Beach State (16-9, 13-9 MPSF) was led by senior Taylor Crabb, who recorded his second double-double of the week with 28 kills and 10 digs. He committed just three errors on 56 swings for a .446 clip. Sophomore Cody Martin added a career-high 18 kills and a .630 hitting percentage (18-1-27), while senior Dalton Ammerman chipped in 12 kills, six digs and four blocks.

Senior Connor Olbright directed the LBSU offense to .336 hitting with 55 assists. He also had 10 digs for his fourth-straight double-double. Sophomore Andrew Sato finished with a team-best 11 digs.

After trailing by two early in the opening set, Crabb registered back-to-back kills to start an 8-2 run that put The Beach on top, 15-10. The 49ers stayed out front until the Bruins used a 4-0 spurt to knot it up at 21-21. Two more tie scores would follow before a couple of UCLA miscues gave the home team the 25-23 victory.

It was a seesaw battle in set two with 15 ties and five lead changes. UCLA eventually pulled ahead, 19-14, on the heels of a 6-1 run, but Long Beach State then made its comeback, outscoring the Bruins, 10-3, to take set point at 24-22. UCLA stayed alive with a kill from Gonzalo Quiroga and then proceeded to score the next three points to emerge with the 26-24 win.

The Bruins (16-10, 13-9 MPSF) went up 18-13 in the third frame before LBSU came storming back once again, this time with six-straight points for a 19-18 advantage. Martin sparked the rally with two kills and a solo block. UCLA was finally able to side out and would hold on, 26-24.

The Beach regrouped in set four, using a 6-1 run to go on top, 13-8. The Bruins cut the deficit to two, but the 49ers finished strong, going on a 7-1 spurt, which ended with an ace from Martin, to close out the set at 25-18.

Robart Page paced UCLA with 21 kills, while Spencer Rowe finished with 19. Quiroga added 17 kills and 10 digs.

Long Beach State will host Cal State Northridge in its final regular-season home match next Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. The 49ers will honor their six seniors - Dalton Ammerman, Taylor Crabb, Connor Olbright, Jeff Ornee, Ian Satterfield, and McKay Smith following the match.



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