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LBSU Men's Volleyball Heads to No. 10 Hawai'i for Back-to-Back MPSF Matches

The 49ers will travel to Hawai'i for a pair of MPSF matches against the Rainbow Warriors, Jan. 16-17.

Jan. 14, 2014

No. 4 Long Beach State (2-1, 1-1 MPSF) at
No. 10 Hawai'i (2-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Thursday, Jan. 16
Time: 9 p.m. (PST)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Arena: Stan Sheriff Center
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No. 4 Long Beach State (2-1, 1-1 MPSF) at
No. 10 Hawai'i (2-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Friday, Jan. 17
Time: 9 p.m. (PST)
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Arena: Stan Sheriff Center
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The Last Meeting
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January 19, 2013
Walter Pyramid
LBSU Men's Volleyball Makes Quick Work of Hawai'i with 3-0 Win
The ninth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team made quick work of the University of Hawai'i as it defeated the Warriors, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18, Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.

The fourth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team continues its conference-opening four-match road swing as it heads to the Aloha State for back-to-back Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contests at No. 10 Hawai'i this week.

The 49ers will square off against the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday (Jan. 16) and Friday (Jan. 17), with both matches starting at 9 p.m. PT (7 p.m. HT). Live video will be available for Thursday's match at

Long Beach State, which earned the top spot in the first AVCA Division I-II Men's Preseason Poll on Jan. 6, has dropped three spots to No. 4 in Week 2 (Jan. 13). Stanford swapped places with the 49ers as it jumped from No. 4 to No. 1. The Cardinal were followed by Loyola-Chicago, Pepperdine, LBSU and USC.

Eleventh-year head coach Alan Knipe is five wins away from reaching the 200-victory milestone. In his 10-plus years at the helm, Knipe has compiled a 195-112 overall record. In 2013, he directed the 49ers to their best season in five years as they went 24-8 and advanced to the MPSF Tournament finals. During his tenure, Knipe has led LBSU to nine MPSF Tournament appearances, two NCAA Tournament bids and five 20-plus win seasons.

Hawai'i (2-1, 0-0 MPSF) will be kicking off its conference slate against the 49ers. The Rainbow Warriors started the season by hosting the Outrigger Volleyball Invitational last weekend, where they defeated No. 12 Ohio State and No. 11 Penn State, before falling to seventh-ranked UCLA.

Outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic leads UH with a team-high 4.00 kills per set. Libero Kolby Kanetake is also tops on the squad with 2.18 digs per set, while middle blockers Taylor Averill and Nick West are tied for the team lead with 0.73 blocks per set.

Long Beach State and Hawai'i are tied in their all-time series, 37-37. The 49ers have won the last four meetings, including a sweep of the Rainbow Warriors at the Walter Pyramid on Jan. 19, 2013. One night earlier, UH had pushed the home team to the limit, but LBSU was able to pull out the 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 27-29, 16-14 win.

Long Beach State will play eight of its first 10 conference matches on the road. The 49ers open their MPSF slate with four-straight road contests - at Cal Baptist, at BYU and at Hawai'i. LBSU then gets its first opportunity to play in front of its home crowd at the Walter Pyramid as it hosts USC (Jan. 22) and Pepperdine (Jan. 24), before embarking on another four-match road trip.

Senior outside hitter Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) has once again been the 49ers' most consistent performer as he has posted three-straight double-figure kill matches to start the season. He had 19 kills vs. Harvard, 15 at Cal Baptist and a season-high 22 at No. 9 BYU. Crabb is averaging a team-best 5.09 kills per set and has registered a .407 hitting percentage. He is also second on the squad with 2.18 digs per set. Crabb, the reigning AVCA National Player of the Year, currently ranks 16th in school history with 1,157 career kills. He is a two-time All-American and three-time All-MPSF selection.

This week will mark a homecoming for senior Taylor Crabb. Crabb, who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, prepped at Punahou High School where he led the Buffanblu to back-to-back state championships. Crabb was inducted into the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Foundation Hall of Honor.

This will be Crabb's second time playing in his hometown as a 49er. As a sophomore in 2012, he tied his then career high with 20 kills in the second meeting between LBSU and UH. Over the two matches at Stan Sheriff Center, Crabb averaged 3.86 kills and 2.29 digs per set.

Senior Dalton Ammerman has also been a consistent force on the outside for LBSU. He started the season with back-to-back double-figure kill matches, notching 18 vs. Harvard and 13 at Cal Baptist. The Parker, Colo., native was named the MVP of the UCSB Asics Invitational after helping the 49ers take first in Pool B with a 4-0 record. He then registered 18 kills, nine digs and three blocks in the championship match vs. the Crimson. Ammerman, who ranks second on the team with 3.88 kills per set, was sidelined for most of the BYU match after suffering an ankle sprain early in the first set.

Senior All-American Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) enters the week as the MPSF assists leader at 13.18 per set. He started the 2014 campaign with a season-high 55 helpers in a 3-1 win over Harvard at the UCSB Asics Invitational, where he earned all-tournament honors for the second year in a row. Olbright also directed Long Beach State to an impressive .455 hitting percentage with 42 assists in an MPSF sweep of Cal Baptist on Jan. 9. He currently ranks sixth in program history with 3,056 career assists.

Sophomore Andrew Sato comes from a decorated volleyball family and he has kept the tradition alive as he was named to the MPSF All-Freshman Team last year. In 2014, he opened the season with back-to-back double-digit dig matches, totaling 14 vs. Harvard and 11 at Cal Baptist. He also had eight digs at No. 9 BYU. Over the first three matches, Sato is tops on the squad with 3.00 digs per set.

Long Beach State will get its first opportunity to play in the friendly confines of the Walter Pyramid next week when it hosts USC on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and Pepperdine on Friday, Jan. 24. First serve for both matches is set for 7 p.m. (PST).



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