Crabb, Olbright Earn AVCA All-America Honors
April 25, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Juniors Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) have been named to the AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Team the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Thursday. Crabb was a first-team selection, while Olbright received second-team honors.
This is the first AVCA All-America award for both players, and Crabb is Long Beach State's first AVCA first-team All-American since Dean Bittner in 2009.
Crabb, a 6-0 outside hitter, ranked first in the nation in kills for seven-straight weeks, and currently sits at No. 3 with 4.13 kills per set. He is also fourth in the country in points (4.66/set) and 10th in hitting percentage (.351).
Crabb has totaled a team-best 463 kills, putting him at 1,062 in his career, which ranks 17th in school history. He has reached double-figure kills in all but three matches this season and has a team-best seven 20-plus kill performances. In addition, Crabb ranks third on the squad in digs (193) and owns the top serve receive percentage (.968) among the 49ers' primary passers.
Olbright, a 6-4 setter, ranks fourth in the nation with 10.82 assists per set. He has also moved up the LBSU all-time charts as he sits at No. 6 with 2,819 career assists. Under Olbright's direction, the 49ers have hit over .300 in 15 matches, including a season-best .507 against UC San Diego on March 6. Olbright also has a team-leading nine double-doubles. He ranks second on the squad with 201 digs (1.75/set), and is third with 0.68 blocks per set.
The duo has led Long Beach State (23-7) to its best season since 2008 when it finished the year at 23-7 after earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.
The 49ers are currently in the hunt for an NCAA bid as they will take on UC Irvine in an MPSF Tournament semifinal match tonight at 4 p.m. (PDT) in Provo, Utah. The winner advances to the MPSF finals on Saturday, April 27.
Ben Patch of BYU was tabbed the AVCA Newcomer of the Year, while the National Player of the Year will be announced on May 1.