Crabb brothers lead 49ers to 3-1 win at Pacific
April 7, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 8 Long Beach State men's volleyball team avenged its loss to Pacific earlier in the season with a 29-27, 23-25, 25-17, 25-15 victory over the 13th-ranked Tigers Saturday evening at Alex G. Spanos Center.
LBSU (14-13, 9-11 MPSF) owned a lopsided advantage in kills (68-to-46) and digs (72-to-57). Its 72 digs were a season high.
Sophomore Taylor Crabb led the 49ers with 16 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. Junior Trevor Crabb also came off the bench to register a career-best 16 kills. Senior Srdjan Nadazdin had his first career double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs, while senior Kyle McElderry finished with a career-high 17 digs. Sophomore Jeff Ornee chipped in 10 kills.
Sophomore Connor Olbright directed the offense to .256 hitting with 57 assists and added 15 digs.
In the opening set, Long Beach State held an early 6-2 advantage, but Pacific scored four unanswered points to knot it up. LBSU pulled back ahead by two at 11-9 on consecutive kills from Ornee and Nadazdin before the Tigers went on a 6-1 run to go on top, 15-12. Pacific stayed out front until the 49ers notched three-straight points, capped by a Taylor Crabb kill, to make it 22-22. Long Beach State fought off one set point and held four of its own before another kill from Crabb gave the visitors the 29-27 victory.
Pacific (7-19, 4-16 MPSF) led by five late in set two as it went up 18-13 on a hitting error by Ornee. LBSU then proceeded to use a 5-1 spurt, which ended with a block from Nadazdin and Ryan Meehan, to close the gap to 19-18. The Tigers would pull back ahead by four, but the 49ers answered once again, making it 22-21. Pacific was then able to side out the rest of the way to hold on for the 25-23 win.
Long Beach State used a 5-1 run midway through the third stanza to own an 18-12 advantage. LBSU continued to dominate as it led by at least four the rest of the way. A solo block from Taylor Crabb eventually ended it at 25-17.
It was a seesaw battle early in the fourth set before a Pacific hitting error sandwiched between a pair of Olbright kills gave the 49ers the 8-5 lead. Long Beach State proceeded to go up, 13-7, before the Tigers came back within four at 17-13. LBSU then outscored Pacific, 8-2, down the stretch to cruise to the 25-15 victory.
Taylor Hughes paced Pacific with 13 kills and Javier Caceres tallied a match-high 19 digs.
With the win, and a Cal State Northridge and UC San Diego loss, the 49ers have secured a spot in the MPSF quarterfinals.
Long Beach State closes out the regular season at home next week when it entertains No. 1 USC on Thursday, April 12, and No. 6 Pepperdine on Saturday (April 14). Both matches will start at 7 p.m.