Taylor Crabb Named AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year
Junior ranks third in the nation with 4.18 kills per set
May 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Long Beach State junior Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) has been named the 2013 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Year, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced Wednesday evening at the NCAA Championship Banquet.
"I feel so blessed to be a part of this program and University," Crabb said. "Without my teammates and coaches, and everyone else who supports our team, it wouldn't be possible for me to win this award. It is a very humbling award and I'm glad that I can share it with Long Beach State."
Crabb is the third 49er to receive National Player of the Year honors from the AVCA as he joins Brent Hilliard (1992) and Paul Lotman (2008) in the exclusive group. Crabb also recently garnered first-team AVCA All-America and first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation accolades.
Crabb, who led the nation in kills for seven-straight weeks during the regular season, currently ranks third with 4.18 kills per set. He is also among the top-10 in the country in points (4th, 4.71/set) and hitting percentage (8th, .353).
The 6-foot outside hitter reached double-figure kills in 29 of 32 matches played and surpassed the 20-kill mark eight times. He had one of his biggest performances in the MPSF Tournament semifinals where he led the 49ers to a 3-2 win over UC Irvine with 23 kills, 11 digs and a career-best seven blocks. Crabb also had a team-high 16 kills in the finals as he was named to the MPSF All-Tournament Team. On the year, Crabb compiled 502 kills, 209 digs, 72 blocks and 23 aces.
After three years at LBSU, Crabb already ranks 17th in school history with 1,101 career kills. He cracked the 1,000-kill milestone in a five-set win at Stanford on March 30. Crabb has also amassed 577 digs, 158 blocks, 56 aces and 2,544 total attempts, which is eighth among the program's all-time leaders.
Crabb led Long Beach State to a 24-8 overall record and its first appearance in the conference finals since 2006. The second-ranked 49ers were the runners-up in both the MPSF Tournament and the MPSF regular-season standings.
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