49er Men's Volleyball Concludes Season at 24-8, Ranked Third in Final AVCA Poll
May 7, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State men's volleyball team (24-8), which was predicted to finish sixth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation preseason poll, exceeded expectations by putting together its best season since 2008. The 49ers were one win away from advancing to the NCAA Championships as they were the runners-up in both the MPSF Tournament and the conference's regular-season standings.
MPSF TOURNAMENT RECAP
In the quarterfinal round on April 20, LBSU took care of business, topping No. 6 Stanford, 25-21, 25-17, 30-28 at the Walter Pyramid. Ian Satterfield had a team-high 12 kills on .308 hitting, while Taylor Crabb totaled 11 kills and a match-best nine digs. Colten Echave added nine kills (.538) and Dalton Ammerman finished with eight. Connor Olbright directed the offense to .309 hitting with 39 assists.
The 49ers then faced UC Irvine in the semifinals in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, April 25. After falling to the Anteaters three times during the regular season, Long Beach State got the win when it mattered most, outlasting second-seeded and third-ranked UCI, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 25-15, 22-20. The fifth set was the second-longest in MPSF Tournament history. LBSU held match point at 14-10, but UC Irvine scored four unanswered to even it up at 14-all. It then went back-and-forth with six ties and four lead changes. The 49ers eventually took their final match point on an Anteater service error and a double block by Crabb and Taylor Gregory gave them the win. Crabb finished with 23 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks. Satterfield chipped in 11 kills, while Echave matched his season best with 10 kills on .533 hitting. Gregory led the first line of defense with 11 blocks as LBSU notched a season-best 19 total team blocks.
Two days later, Long Beach State was unable to pull off the upset at top-ranked BYU, falling in three tightly contested sets in the championship match (28-26, 25-22, 25-22). LBSU led late in each game but the Cougars had an answer every time to pull out the win. Crabb led the 49ers with 16 kills, while Ammerman had 13. Ryan Windisch tallied a team-high eight digs.
IN THE POLLS
CRABB CLAIMS TOP HONOR
CRABB, OLBRIGHT NAMED ALL-AMERICANS
SIX 49ERS EARN ALL-MPSF HONORS