STOCKTON, Calif. — Behind career-high kills from freshman Taylor Crabb and senior Antwain Aguillard, ninth-ranked Long Beach State defeated No. 15 Pacific 3-1, Friday evening at Alex G. Spanos Center.
Game scores were 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21.
Crabb finished with a double-double, notching a career-best 19 kills and 10 digs, while hitting .444. Aguillard also registered 17 kills with no errors on 24 attempts for a .708 clip. Junior Jim Baguhman chipped in 10 kills, while freshman Connor Olbright guided the offense to .328 hitting with 50 assists. Junior Ryan Meehan also had a career-high tying eight blocks.
In the first set, Long Beach State (11-10, 9-7 MPSF) took an early 8-4 lead on a Brad Hemmerling kill, but Pacific eventually came back to go up 18-14. The 49ers then started to chip away, going on a 9-2 run to hold a 23-20 advantage. LBSU was able to finish the game from there as a pair of unforced errors by Pacific gave The Beach the 25-21 win.
The two teams were neck-in-neck in the second set with 10 ties before the home team pulled ahead midway through the game. With the score knotted at 12, the Tigers used a 6-1 spurt to go up, 18-13. Pacific never relinquished the lead as it went on to the 25-22 victory.
The 49ers came back in the third game, taking a 10-7 advantage after an ace by Meehan. Pacific stayed within striking distance before LBSU went on top 20-15 on an Olbright kill. Long Beach State then outscored the Tigers, 5-4, down the stretch with a kill by Baughman ending the set at 25-19.
In the fourth frame, LBSU raced out to a 7-2 lead following a double block by Meehan and Kyle Friend. Pacific eventually closed the gap to two, but the 49ers stayed out front and used a 6-2 run, capped by an Aguillard kill, to go up 21-15. Pacific held off two match points, but a service error would eventually give The Beach the 25-21 win.
Pacific (9-15, 3-13 MPSF) hit .345 on the night and was led by Taylor Hughes and Florian Gornik, who finished with 18 kills apiece.
Long Beach State returns to action Saturday when it takes on No. 2 Stanford at Maples Pavilion. First serve is set for 7 p.m.