Senior Taylor Crabb had a match-high 17 kills in a 3-0 win over Cal State Northridge on Thursday.
April 10, 2014
LONG BEACH - The seventh-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team moved one step closer to securing one of the three remaining spots in the MPSF Tournament with a huge 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 victory over No. 15 Cal State Northridge on Senior Night Thursday at the Walter Pyramid.
The 49ers moved to 17-9 overall and 14-9 in the MPSF, and are now tied for sixth with UCLA in the conference standings. A win on Saturday, or one loss by either the Bruins or Hawai'i will get The Beach into the postseason.
Senior Taylor Crabb led the way with 17 kills on .469 hitting. Sophomore Cody Martin also finished in double figures with 14 kills, while registering a .444 clip. Martin earned his first career start after an 18-kill performance against UCLA last Saturday.
Long Beach State opened the first set with a 9-6 lead following a kill by Jeff Ornee. Cal State Northridge then came back to tie it up at 10-all before taking its first lead of the night at 13-12. The 49ers answered with a 10-3 run, capped by consecutive kills from Martin, to pull ahead, 22-16. LBSU continued to cruise with a Crabb ace ending it at 25-18.
It went back-and-forth early in set two before Dalton Ammerman had a kill and a pair of aces to start a 5-1 spurt that put The Beach on top, 9-5. Long Beach State stayed out front until the Matadors scored three-straight points to knot it up at 16-16. The 49ers sided out and the two teams traded points before Crabb took control with four kills to give the home team a 22-18 edge. CSUN was able to cut the deficit to two, but LBSU finished strong for the 25-22 victory.
Cal State Northridge (10-16, 9-14 MPSF) notched the first two points of the third set, but The Beach came right back with four unanswered. They would continue on to a 14-9 lead until the Matadors tied it up at 16-16. Long Beach State then proceeded to go on a 7-1 run, which ended with back-to-back kills from Bryce Yould, to pull ahead, 23-17. LBSU would take match point at 24-19 before senior Ian Satterfield came in and finished it off with an ace.
The Matadors, who upset UCLA and UC Santa Barbara last week, had their three-match win streak snapped. They were paced by Sam Holt's 13 kills.
The 49ers sent their six seniors off with a win in their final match at the Walter Pyramid. Dalton Ammerman, Taylor Crabb, Connor Olbright, Jeff Ornee, Ian Satterfield and McKay Smith were honored after the match.
Long Beach State will now head to Northridge for its regular-season finale against CSUN at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.
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