Long Beach State Strikes Late to Upend Waves 3-2
April 6, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – After taking a 2-0 lead to open the match, the #5 Pepperdine men’s volleyball team couldn’t hold off a late push from #2 Long Beach State and bowed out 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, 15-11). Despite the loss, both Maurice Torres and Josh Taylor delivered kills-digs double doubles.
Prior to the start of the match, Torres (Riverside, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS), James Powers (Fort Worth, Texas/Trinity Valley HS) and Beau Vandeweghe (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) were honored as the senior trio played in their final regular-season match inside Firestone Fieldhouse.
Torres had a night, tacking down 20 kills while helping the defense with 11 digs.
Also reaching double figures in both kills and digs was Taylor (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School). The sophomore extended his career high in digs to 13. On the offensive end, he tallied 18 kills earned at a .412 (18 kills-4 errors-34 attempts) clip.
Vandeweghe got the starting gig on Senior Night and added a season-high 10 kills.
Although the Waves out-killed the 49ers 68-60, the visiting team committed far fewer attack and serving errors to tip the momentum back in their favor after the slow start. Long Beach State’s comeback was also largely due in part to its 16.0-5.0 edge in blocking.
The Waves were off in running in set one, hitting .515 (20-3-33) to win 25-20. Taylor alone went an errorless 7-for-10, followed by Torres’ six kills and four courtesy of Vandeweghe. Pepperdine led as much as 9-5 in the early points but the 49ers made a run midway through to overtake the advantage 10-9. Although Long Beach led late, 18-16, Pepperdine forced a number of errors and scored seven of the next nine points to close out the set.
The two teams went point-for-point in the early going of the second stanza, but Torres’ high-velocity serving gave the Waves a little separation, 7-5. Pepperdine continued to sideout at a high rate and put the frame away 25-21.
The momentum took a dramatic turn in the third set, and the 49ers dictated the tempo as they fought to get back into the match. After falling behind 11-4, the Waves were never able to recover and lost 25-14. The LBSU defense was credited with 5.5 blocks in the frame.
Although Pepperdine hit .424 (18-4-33) in the fourth set, and managed to get itself back on track after the disastrous third frame, the 49ers were able to win timely points to take a late 22-20 lead. From there, it was just a matter of siding their way out to win 25-22 and force a fifth set.
It just wasn’t in the cards for the Waves tonight, and Long Beach State quickly took a commanding 10-4 lead in the final set after Ian Satterfield served up nine points in a row. Although Pepperdine was able to inch its way back, and even fight off two set points, Taylor Crabbe put away a kill to clinch the frame 15-11.
Both Crabbe and Satterfield finished the night with 14 kills, while Dalton Ammerman led the team with 20.
Pepperdine concludes the regular season next week on the road. The Waves pay a visit to UCLA on Wednesday, April 10 before finishing up at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 12.