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No. 2 LBSU Men's Volleyball Hosts Annual Active Ankle Classic This Weekend

March 12, 2014

No. 15 Ohio State (8-9) at
No. 2 Long Beach State (13-4)
Friday, March 14
Time: 7 p.m. (PDT)
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid
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No. 14 Penn State (13-4) at
No. 2 Long Beach State (13-4)
Saturday, March 15
Time: 7 p.m. (PDT)
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid
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The Last Meeting
Long Beach State3
Ohio State2
January 7, 2012
Santa Barbara, Calif.
49ers take third place at UCSB/asics Invitational with five-set win over Ohio State
The No. 6 Long Beach State men's volleyball team came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat defending national champion and eighth-ranked Ohio State, 23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-10, Saturday evening at the UCSB/asics Collegiate Invitational.

The Last Meeting
Penn State1
Long Beach State3
March 12, 2011
Walter Pyramid
49er men's volleyball downs No. 10 Penn State, 3-1
Behind a strong team effort, the fifth-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team snapped a two-match skid with a 25-21, 25-21, 27-29, 25-20 victory over No. 10 Penn State on the final day of the Active Ankle Classic Presented by Woodfin Hotel Cypress Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid.

Active Ankle Classic - Tournament Central

The second-ranked Long Beach State men's volleyball team takes a break from its grueling MPSF schedule this week, but the 49ers will still face a pair of ranked teams in non-conference action as they host No. 15 Ohio State and No. 14 Penn State in the annual Active Ankle Classic at the Walter Pyramid, March 14-15.

Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, Penn State and Ohio State comprise the field for the 2014 Active Ankle Classic. The complete schedule is below:

Friday, March 14
Penn State vs. Cal State Northridge, 5 p.m. (PT)
Ohio State at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. (PT)

Saturday, March 15
Ohio State vs. Cal State Northridge, 5 p.m. (PT)
Penn State at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. (PT)

Long Beach State men's volleyball great Brett Winslow will have his No. 15 jersey retired in a ceremony that will be held before Saturday's match against Penn State. Winslow led the 49ers to their first and only national championship in program history. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker had 22 kills in the title match against USC and was named to the All-NCAA Final Four Team. He was a two-time first-team All-American, and a four-time All-WIVA selection, earning first-team honors in 1990 and 1991. Winslow established school records with 111 solo blocks and 529 total blocks, which still stand as all-era career records at The Beach. In addition, he ranks third in kills (1,813) and hitting percentage (.442), fifth in block assists (418) and seventh in digs (708).

Long Beach State moved up one spot to No. 2 in this week's AVCA poll released on March 10. Loyola-Chicago earned the No. 1 ranking for the fifth-straight week, while BYU, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine rounded out the top-five.

The 49ers have been ranked as high as No. 1, claiming the top spot after winning the UCSB Asics Invitational to open the season. It was their first time at No. 1 in the AVCA poll since the 2006 campaign.

Eleventh-year head coach Alan Knipe secured his 200th career win with the 49ers' 3-1 victory at No. 2 UCLA on Feb. 12. In his 10-plus years at the helm, Knipe has compiled a 206-115 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.

The 49ers, who started their MPSF slate with a pair of tough road trips to BYU and Hawai'i, opened the conference season with a 2-3 record, but since upsetting then No. 1 Pepperdine on Jan. 24, LBSU has gone 10-1, including six-straight victories. The win streak has catapulted Long Beach State into second place in the MPSF standings behind only league-leading BYU.

No. 15 Ohio State, which is a member of the MIVA, dropped to 8-9 on the season with a straight-set loss at 11th-ranked Lewis on Tuesday. Andrew Lutz has paced the Buckeye attack with 3.32 kills per set. Michael Henchy is also averaging 2.85 kills and 1.61 digs per set, and has a team-high 17 aces.

Long Beach State is looking to stay perfect against Ohio State as it leads the all-time series, 9-0. The most recent meeting came on Jan. 7, 2012, when the 49ers battled back from a 2-0 deficit to top the Buckeyes, 23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-10, in Santa Barbara.

No. 14 Penn State brings a 13-4 overall record into the Active Ankle Classic. Last week, the Nittany Lions dropped a 3-1 decision at Ohio State. Aaron Russell leads PSU with 3.83 kills and 1.97 digs per set. Connor Curry has also been solid in the back row with a team-best 2.48 digs per set.

Long Beach State leads in its all-time series with Penn State, 15-6. The 49ers won the last meeting, 3-1, on March 12, 2011, in Long Beach.

After playing eight of their first 10 MPSF contests away from Long Beach, the 49ers returned home for an extended stay as they are wrapping up a season-long eight-match homestand this weekend. LBSU will be looking to close out the home stretch at a perfect 8-0 as they have won six in a row, dropping just two sets along the way. Overall, Long Beach State will play 11 of its final 16 matches in the `Mid.

Seniors Taylor Crabb and Connor Olbright continue to move up the 49er career charts. Crabb recently claimed the No. 8 slot on the all-time list as he passed Olympian and former National Player of the Year Paul Lotman with 1,419 career kills. Crabb is also sixth in both total attempts (3,230) and digs (724), while Olbright is fifth in assists (3,636).

In his senior season, reigning AVCA National Player of the Year Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) has continued to prove that he is the country's top collegiate volleyball player. The six-foot outside hitter, who is a two-time MPSF Player of the Week honoree, leads the nation in kills (5.05) and points (5.64) per set. He has reached double figures in kills in every match, with seven of those coming by way of 20-plus kill performances. Crabb also has a team-leading six double-doubles.

Crabb's best showing to date came at No. 2 UCLA, where he matched his career high with 29 kills, while committing just one error on 56 attempts. He added a career-best 16 digs to go along with five blocks and one ace against the Bruins. Crabb also had 29 kills, 12 digs and two aces at No. 7 Stanford (Jan. 31). In the second meeting with the Cardinal on Feb. 28, he finished with 22 kills and 11 digs. Most recently, Crabb led the 49ers to a 3-1 win over second-ranked BYU with 21 kills and 13 digs. He also recorded a double-double in a five-set win over No. 1 Pepperdine (24 kills,13 digs) and at Hawai'i on Jan. 17 (22 kills, 10 digs). On the season, Crabb is averaging 5.05 kills and 2.33 digs per set, and has registered a .385 hitting percentage.

Senior Dalton Ammerman has been a consistent force on the outside for LBSU, reaching double figures in kills eight times. Most recently, he registered his first double-double of the season with 16 kills and a career-high 13 digs in a 3-1 win over No. 2 BYU. The Parker, Colo., native had started the season with back-to-back double-digit kill performances, notching 18 vs. Harvard and 13 at Cal Baptist, before suffering an ankle sprain early in the first set at BYU (Jan. 11), which forced him to miss that match along with the first contest at Hawai'i. Ammerman came back with 10 kills in the second meeting against the Rainbow Warriors and tied for the team lead with 11 kills vs. USC. He also had 13 kills at UCLA and at UC Santa Barbara. Ammerman, who was named the MVP of the UCSB Asics Invitational, ranks second on the team with 2.57 kills per set.

Senior All-American setter Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) ranks first in the nation with 12.00 assists per set. He has registered at least 50 assists five times, including a season-high 61 in a win over No. 2 BYU. Olbright also had 56 in helpers vs. then No. 1 Pepperdine, and started the year with 55 against Harvard at the UCSB Asics Invitational, where he earned all-tournament honors for the second year in a row. In addition, he dished out 52 assists and amassed a career-high 17 digs at No. 7 Stanford. Olbright has three double-doubles on the season.

Senior Jeff Ornee has started every match at middle blocker after playing most of the 2013 season at opposite. The Cypress, Calif., native has worked his way back into his original position nicely as he leads the team and ranks ninth in the nation with 1.26 blocks per set. Ornee had a career-high 13 blocks against top-ranked Pepperdine, marking the second time that he has reached double figures in blocks as his previous best was 10 vs. UC San Diego (Jan. 5, 2013).

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. This season, he has registered 10 double-digit dig matches, including a career-high 19 vs. top-ranked Pepperdine. The Calabasas, Calif., native also finished with 15 digs vs. Stanford, 14 vs. Harvard and 13 vs. BYU. On the season, Sato is tops on the squad and fourth in the nation with 2.71 digs per set.

Senior Ian Satterfield (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), who entered the starting lineup at the opposite position late in the season last year, has continued his role as a starter, averaging 2.47 kills, 1.61 digs and 0.79 blocks per set. Satterfield recently notched his second double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs in a win over No. 2 BYU. His first career double-double came at Hawai'i (Jan. 17), where he totaled 10 kills and 12 digs. Satterfield also had three-straight double-figure kill matches from Jan. 24-Feb. 1, as he finished with a career-high 19 kills vs. Pepperdine, 13 at Stanford and 13 at Pacific. Against the Tigers, he committed no errors on 23 swings for a season-best .565 hitting percentage.

Long Beach State will hit the road for the first time in over a month as it resumes MPSF play at Pepperdine on Thursday, March 20, and at USC on Saturday, March 22.