LBSU Closes Out Regular Season With Convincing 3-0 Win at No. 15 CSUN
April 12, 2014
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team closed out the regular season in dominating fashion as it picked up another sweep over No. 15 Cal State Northridge Saturday at The Matadome. Set scores were 25-18, 25-17, 25-17.
LBSU, which also defeated CSUN 3-0 on Thursday night, has now won five in a row in the all-time series.
Senior Taylor Crabb had a match-high 13 kills on 16 swings for a .750 hitting percentage, while adding four digs and four blocks. In his second-straight start, sophomore Cody Martin finished with 10 kills (.474), marking his third consecutive double-figure kill performance. Senior Jeff Ornee chipped in three kills and six blocks.
The 49ers hit .482 as a team, while holding the Matadors to .192. They also out blocked CSUN, 10-to-2.
Cal State Northridge (10-17, 9-15 MPSF) took an early 6-3 lead in the first set, but Long Beach State came right back with an 11-3 run, capped by an ace from Crabb, to pull ahead, 14-9. The Beach stayed out front by at least three before they went on to outscore the Matadors, 6-2, for the 25-18 victory.
LBSU took control early in set two, going on top, 10-6. The 49ers held a six-point cushion before the Matadors closed the gap to 17-13. After calling a timeout, the visitors proceeded to go on a 6-1 spurt for a 23-14 edge. A CSUN hitting error would eventually end it at 25-17.
Long Beach State (18-9, 15-9 MPSF) carried its momentum into the third set, racing out to a 5-0 advantage. Cal State Northridge would come within three, but the 49ers responded with three-straight points to go up, 13-7. They never looked back from there, cruising to the 25-17 win.
Jakub Ciesla paced the Matadors with nine kills, while Greg Faulkner had eight. CSUN finished with just eight digs on the night.
Long Beach State earned the No. 7 seed in the MPSF Tournament and will head to No. 2 seed Pepperdine for a quarterfinal match next Saturday, April 19. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
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