Senior Taylor Crabb, who leads the nation with 4.80 kills per set, earned first-team AVCA All-America honors.
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April 24, 2014
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State senior Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) has been selected to the AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Team the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Thursday. Crabb garnered first-team honors for the second consecutive year.
Crabb, a 6-0 outside hitter, is one of the top all-around players as he leads the nation with 4.80 kills per set, while he ranks second in points (5.33/set) and 22nd in hitting percentage (.371). In addition, he is among the top-10 in the MPSF with 2.16 digs per set and has a team-leading 19 aces.
Expectations were high for Crabb this season after he was tabbed the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year, and he did not disappoint, reaching double-figure kills in all 28 matches, including 10 20-plus kill performances and 10 double-doubles. Crabb's best outing came in a 3-1 win at then No. 2 UCLA (Feb. 12), 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 against the Bruins. Crabb had previously recorded 29 kills at Stanford on Jan. 31.
Crabb was also recognized during the season, earning Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week honors following a pair of wins over No. 15 Cal State Northridge. He delivered 17 kills on .469 hitting in a 3-0 victory on Senior Night in the Walter Pyramid, before coming back two days later with a match-high 13 kills at CSUN. Crabb had only one error on 16 swings for a career-best .750 clip.
Crabb was also a first-team All-MPSF selection, marking his fourth all-conference honor and second time receiving first-team recognition. In addition, he was twice named the Molten/MPSF Player of the Week.
Crabb will leave Long Beach State as one of the all-time greats. This season, he moved up to No. 7 in the LBSU record books with 1,600 career kills and is also third in program history with 802 career digs. He became just the third 49er to surpass both the 1,000-kill and 800-dig milestones.
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