49ers Close Out Regular Season With Fifth-Straight Win, Defeat CSUN on Senior Night
LBSU will host Stanford in an MPSF quarterfinal match next Saturday
April 13, 2013
LONG BEACH - The second-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team ended the regular season with its fifth-straight victory as it defeated No. 10 Cal State Northridge, 25-14, 25-21, 25-23, Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.
Crabb finished with 11 kills and five blocks, while his brother, junior Taylor Crabb, totaled a team-high 13 kills (.458), six digs and three aces. Junior Ian Satterfield also had 10 kills and six digs, while Echave added four kills and no errors on five swings for a .800 clip, to go along with a match-best six blocks.
Junior Connor Olbright and Anshus directed the offense to .308 hitting. Olbright dished out 26 assists and Anshus chipped in seven assists and two digs after coming into the match late in the final set.
LBSU had six service aces to CSUN's one, and also owned a 12-to-4 edge in team blocks. Over the last three matches, the 49ers have outblocked their opponents, 41-11.
Long Beach State (22-7, 18-6 MPSF) took control early in set one, racing out to a 7-2 lead following back-to-back aces from Taylor Crabb. The 49ers then proceeded to go on a 12-4 run, capped by a Trevor Crabb kill, to open up an 11-point advantage at 20-9. LBSU cruised from there, staying out front by at least nine, before taking the set at 25-14.
The second set was much closer with eight tie scores and three lead changes, but Long Beach State was able to pull away late for the 25-21 victory. The 49ers went up 20-18 before Cal State Northridge evened it at 20-all. LBSU then outscored the Matadors, 5-1, down the stretch with a Trevor Crabb kill ending it at 25-21.
In the third frame, it appeared as if Long Beach State was on its way to another big win when it used a 7-1 sprint to take a 13-7 lead, but CSUN answered with a 6-3 spurt of its own to come back within three. The two teams then entered a sideout game until the 49ers took match point at 24-21. The Matadors were able to stay alive with the next two points, but after the home team called a timeout, Satterfield's kill down the line closed it out at 25-23.
Cal State Northridge (11-15, 9-15 MPSF) hit just .126 on the night and was led by Brandon Lebrock's 14 kills.
Long Beach State finishes the regular season tied for second with UC Irvine in the MPSF standings. It will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament due to the Anteaters holding the tiebreaker between the two teams. The 49ers will begin the postseason next weekend when they host sixth-seeded Stanford on Saturday, April 20. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.
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