49ers Make Fourth-Straight MPSF Tournament Appearance, Finish Season at 18-10
Head coach Alan Knipe earned 200th career win this year
May 6, 2014
LONG BEACH - The 2014 season came to an end for the Long Beach State men's volleyball team in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals. The 49ers finished the year with an 18-10 overall record and were ranked No. 7 in the final AVCA poll.
- Head coach Alan Knipe secured his 200th career win with a 3-1 victory at No. 2 UCLA on Feb. 12.
- Taylor Crabb became the first 49er to earn back-to-back first-team AVCA All-America honors since Robert Tarr (2005-06) and Tyler Hildebrand (2004-06).
- LBSU had at least five players earn All-MPSF honors for the second-straight year.
CRABB EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Senior Taylor Crabb was selected to the AVCA Division I-II Men's All-America Team the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on April 24. Crabb earned first-team honors for the second year in a row.
A six-foot outside hitter, Crabb was one of the top all-around players in the country as he led the nation with 4.80 kills per set, while ranking second in points per set (5.33) and 21st in hitting percentage (.371). In addition, he finished among the top-15 in the MPSF with 2.16 digs per set and had a team-leading 19 aces.
FIVE 49ERS NAMED TO ALL-MPSF TEAM
LBSU had five players named to the 2014 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Team the conference office announced on April 17. 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 received honorable mention recognition.
IN THE POLLS
Long Beach State remained at No. 7 in the final AVCA poll released on May 6. Loyola-Chicago, which recently claimed its first-ever NCAA title, earned the No. 1 ranking for the 11th-straight week. The 49ers were ranked as high as No. 1 this year as they were voted into the top spot after winning the UCSB Asics Invitational to open the season. It was their first time at No. 1 in the AVCA poll since the 2006 campaign.
KNIPE REACHES MILESTONE
Head coach Alan Knipe secured his 200th career win with the 49ers' 3-1 victory at then No. 2 UCLA on Feb. 12. During his tenure, Knipe has compiled a 211-121 overall record, and has led LBSU to 10 MPSF Tournament appearances, two NCAA Tournament bids and five 20-plus win seasons. Since his return to the helm in 2013, after taking a leave of absence to coach the U.S. Men's National Team, Knipe has guided the 49ers to an impressive two-year record of 42-18.
FOR THE RECORD
Seniors Taylor Crabb and Connor Olbright have etched their names in the Long Beach State record books. Crabb wrapped up a stellar four-year career ranked seventh on the all-time list with 1,600 career kills, while he is also fourth in total attempts (3,656) and third in digs (802). Crabb is just the third 49er to surpass both the 1,000-kill and 800-dig milestones. Olbright became the fourth player in program history to reach the 4,000-assist mark as he moved up to No. 4 with 4,103 career helpers.
49ERS IN THE RANKINGS
Five 49ers ranked among the top-25 in all of NCAA Division I-II in six different statistical categories. Taylor Crabb was tops in the nation in kills (4.80/set), and also ranked second in points (5.33/set) and 21st in hitting percentage (.371). Connor Olbright was second in the country with 11.46 assists per set, while Andrew Sato was third with 2.80 digs per set. In addition, Jeff Ornee (1.36/set) and Taylor Gregory (1.08/set) ranked fourth and 18th, respectively, in blocks per set.
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