Taylor Crabb, the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year, was recognized by Volleyball Magazine as a first-team All-American.
June 5, 2013
LONG BEACH - Juniors Taylor Crabb (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Connor Olbright (Orange, Calif.) continued to add to their postseason awards as they were both named NCAA Men's All-Americans by Volleyball Magazine. Crabb was selected to the first team, while Olbright received second-team recognition.
Crabb recorded double-figure kills in 29 of 32 matches and was the only player in the country to surpass 500 kills on the year (502). The 6-foot outside hitter averaged 4.18 kills per set, which ranked third in the nation, and he was also among the top-10 in points (4.71/set) and hitting percentage (.353). In addition, Crabb posted 209 digs, 72 blocks and a team-high tying 23 aces.
Earlier this year, Crabb was named the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year, making him the third 49er to earn the top honor. He joined Brent Hilliard (1992) and Paul Lotman (2008) in the exclusive group. Crabb also garnered first-team AVCA All-America accolades and was a first-team All-MPSF selection. He will enter his senior season ranked 17th in school history with 1,101 career kills.
Olbright, a 6-foot-4 setter, finished the 2013 season ranked fourth in the MPSF and fifth in the nation with 10.86 assists per set. Under his direction, the 49ers hit over .300 in 16 matches, including a season-best .507 against UC San Diego (March 6). Olbright, who had nine double-doubles on the year, compiled a team-best 216 digs, to go along with 85 blocks. He currently sits at No. 6 among LBSU's all-time career assist leaders (2,911).
Olbright also received second-team AVCA All-America honors and was named to the All-MPSF Second Team.
Crabb and Olbright led Long Beach State to a 24-8 overall record and a No. 3 ranking in the final AVCA poll. The 49ers, who advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2006, were the runners-up in both the MPSF Tournament and the regular season.
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