Senior Taylor Crabb has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week.
(Photo by John Fajardo)
April 15, 2014
LONG BEACH - Senior outside hitter Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Crabb earned his first career AVCA weekly honor after leading Long Beach State to a pair of sweeps over No. 15 Cal State Northridge, which had just come off upset wins over UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. With the two victories over the Matadors, the 49ers secured their fourth-straight MPSF Tournament berth.
Crabb, the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year, started the week with a match-high 17 kills in just three sets played on Senior Night last Thursday in the Walter Pyramid. The six-foot outside hitter registered a .469 attack percentage, while adding six digs and two aces. Two days later, Crabb once again led all players with 13 kills at CSUN. He committed only one error on 16 swings for a .750 clip. Crabb also finished with four digs, four blocks and a couple of aces.
For the week, Crabb was tops on the squad in kills (30), kills per set (5.00) and hitting percentage (.562).
Crabb completed the regular season with double-figure kills in every match. He currently leads the nation with 4.79 kills per set and also ranks second with 5.34 points per set. In addition, Crabb is among the top-25 in digs (2.21/set) and hitting percentage (.375).
This is the first AVCA National Player of the Week award for The Beach this season, and the 25th in program history.
Crabb will lead Long Beach State into the MPSF Tournament on Saturday, April 19, as the 49ers head to No. 2 Pepperdine for a quarterfinal match.
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