Five 49ers Earn All-MPSF Men's Volleyball Honors
April 17, 2014
LONG BEACH - Five 49ers have been named to the 2014 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Team the conference office announced Thursday.
Senior Taylor Crabb led the way with his second consecutive first-team honor, while seniors Connor Olbright, Dalton Ammerman and Jeff Ornee, and sophomore Andrew Sato, all received honorable mention recognition.
Crabb, a six-foot outside hitter, finished the regular season with an MPSF and NCAA-leading 4.79 kills per set. He also ranks second in the conference in points (5.34/set), eighth in digs (2.21/set) and 15th in hitting percentage (.375). The Honolulu, Hawaii, native has reached double figures in kills in all 27 matches, which includes nine 20-plus kill performances. Crabb also has a team-best 10 double-doubles on the year. His best showing to date came in a 3-1 win at then No. 2 UCLA where he tied his career high with 29 kills, while adding a career-best 16 digs and five blocks. Even more impressive was the fact that he committed just one error on 56 swings against the Bruins. Crabb was twice named the MPSF Player of the Week this season, and was also recently named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week (April 15).
This is Crabb's fourth career All-MPSF award and his second first-team honor.
Olbright (Orange, Calif.) ranks second in the MPSF and the NCAA with 11.48 assists per set. The 6-foot-4 setter has directed Long Beach State to a .313 team hitting percentage, and led the squad to a rally scoring era school record .582 clip at UC San Diego on March 27. Olbright has registered at least 50 assists seven times, including a career-high 63 in a win over Ohio State. He is also averaging 2.01 digs per set and is second on the team with eight double-doubles. Olbright had a career-high 17 digs in a 3-2 win at Stanford. This is Olbright's second all-conference recognition as he was named to the second team in 2013.
Ammerman is a repeat All-MPSF honorable mention selection after closing out the regular season with 2.47 kills and 1.67 digs per set. He is also second on the team with 18 aces. A native of Parker, Colo., Ammerman has reached double figures in kills 11 times. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter had a season-high 19 kills against Ohio State, and also had his first double-double of the year with 16 kills and a career-best 13 digs in a 3-1 win over BYU.
Ornee, a 6-foot-8 middle blocker, garnered his first career All-MPSF accolade after recording a team-best 1.34 blocks per set. His average also ranks third in the conference and fifth in the nation. The Cypress, Calif., native reached double figures in blocks twice this season with a career-high 13 stuffs in a 3-2 win over then No. 1 Pepperdine. Ornee also had 11 blocks to go along with 10 kills for his first career double-double vs. UC Santa Barbara. He finished the regular season averaging 1.32 kills per set, while hitting .359.
Sato (Calabasas, Calif.) is second in the MPSF and fourth in the NCAA with 2.74 digs per set. That mark currently ranks second in LBSU single-season history, while his 274 total digs puts him at No. 4. The 5-foot-10 libero has tallied 16 double-digit dig matches, which includes a career-high 19 vs. then No. 1 Pepperdine. Sato has also committed just 25 reception errors on 699 attempts (.964). He was named to the MPSF All-Freshman Team in 2013.
Seventh-ranked Long Beach State begins postseason play on Saturday, April 19, when it heads to No. 2 Pepperdine for an MPSF quarterfinal match. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse.