Six 49ers Named to All-MPSF Men's Volleyball Team
April 18, 2013
LONG BEACH - Six 49ers have been named to the 2013 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Team the conference office announced Thursday.
Junior Taylor Crabb highlighted the group with first-team honors, while junior Connor Olbright was a second-team selection. Junior Dalton Ammerman, senior Colten Echave and redshirt freshman Taylor Gregory also earned honorable mention recognition. In addition, Gregory and Andrew Sato were chosen to the All-Freshman Team.
Long Beach State and regular-season champion BYU led all teams with six all-conference selections apiece. This is the fifth time in the last six years that LBSU has had multiple players named to the All-MPSF Team, and it also marks the most All-MPSF honorees for the 49ers since 2000.
Crabb, a 6-foot outside hitter, is among the conference's leaders in every offensive category. He finished the regular season ranked third in kills (4.19/set) and fourth in points (4.68/set). Crabb has also hit at an extremely efficient .353 clip, which ranks 13th in the MPSF, but is tops among non-middle blockers.
The Honolulu, Hawaii, native has reached double-figure kills 26 times this year, including seven 20-kill performances. Crabb currently ranks 18th in school history with 1,051 career kills. In addition, he is one of LBSU's primary passers, boasting a .969 serve receive percentage and is third on the squad with 1.69 digs per set. This is Crabb's third All-MPSF honor as he was an honorable mention pick in 2011 and received second-team honors in 2012.
Olbright (Orange, Calif.) earned his first All-MPSF award after finishing the regular season ranked fourth in the conference with 10.76 assists per set. The 6-foot-4 setter has directed the 49er offense to a .295 hitting percentage. Long Beach State has hit .300 or better in 14 matches, including a season-best .507 vs. UC San Diego. Olbright is also second on the squad with 197 digs (1.76/set) and owns a team-best nine double-doubles. He cracked the program's all-time top-10 in assists this year as he now ranks sixth with 2,780 career helpers.
Ammerman (Parker, Colo.) is in the midst of a breakout season as he ranks second on the squad with 303 kills (2.86/set). He is also tied for first with 23 aces and is fourth with 165 digs (1.56/set). The 6-foot-4 outside hitter had key performances in five-set wins at No. 1 BYU, where he had a career-high 21 kills, and at No. 5 Pepperdine, where he totaled 20 kills. Ammerman was named the AVCA National Player of the Week and the MPSF Player of the Week for his effort against the Cougars.
Echave, a 6-foot-7 middle blocker, ranks among the league's top-10 with a .416 hitting percentage. He closed out the regular season on a high note, committing just three errors over the last four matches for a .619 clip. That stretch included a perfect nine kills on nine swings in a 3-0 win at USC. The Ladera Ranch, Calif., native is also second on the team with 0.95 blocks per set and is third with 1.58 kills per set.
Gregory, also a 6-foot-7 middle blocker, has compiled a team-leading 127 blocks, and his 1.42 blocks per set is tops in the nation. The Saugus, Calif., native has led the 49ers in blocking in 19 matches. He registered a career-high 11 blocks in a 3-2 win against Cal Baptist. Gregory has added 107 kills and a .388 hitting percentage in his first collegiate season.
Sato, a true freshman from Calabasas, Calif., leads the 49ers with 202 digs (1.94/set). His digs average ranks eighth in the MPSF. The 5-foot-10 libero has notched eight double-figure dig matches, including a career-high 16 against UCLA.
Second-ranked Long Beach State begins postseason play this weekend as it hosts No. 6 Stanford in a 7 p.m. MPSF quarterfinal match on Saturday, April 20.