STANFORD, Calif. — Senior Antwain Aguillard registered a career-high 24 kills to lift ninth-ranked Long Beach State to a 25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12, upset win against No. 2 Stanford Saturday evening at Maples Pavilion.
Aguillard topped his previous career high of 17 kills which he established Friday night at Pacific. He did not commit an error on 35 swings for a .686 hitting percentage.
Freshman Taylor Crabb notched his second consecutive double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Classmate Connor Olbright added a double-double with 58 assists and 10 digs, while senior Kirk Francis finished with a team-high 12 digs.
Long Beach State out hit Stanford, .396 to .291 and held a 10.0-to-4.5 edge in blocks.
LBSU (12-10, 10-7 MPSF) came out of the gates strong as a Crabb kill gave the 49ers a 6-2 lead. Stanford eventually went up 13-11, but The Beach fought back, using a 6-2 run, capped by a Cardinal hitting error, to regain the advantage at 17-14. Long Beach State would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way as an Aguillard kill ended the first set at 25-19.
Stanford (15-6, 12-5 MPSF) pulled ahead late in set two to even the match at one game apiece. The Cardinal went on top early, but the 49ers knotted it up at 10-10 after a kill by Brad Hemmerling. The two teams then went back-and-forth with six tie scores before the home team used a 3-1 spurt to take a 21-19 lead. Stanford was then able to hold off The Beach as a 49er service error gave the Cardinal the 25-22 win.
It was another close one in the third frame with 17 tie scores. After LBSU evened the set at 19-19 on a Hemmerling kill, Stanford proceeded to outscore the 49ers, 6-1, for the 25-20 victory.
Long Beach State used a late rally of its own to claim the fourth set, 25-19. After trading points early in the game, The Beach used a 9-3 spurt, which ended with an ace by Kyle Friend, to take set point at 24-19. Crabb then put the ball away to force the decisive fifth game.
LBSU held a 9-6 advantage in the fifth set following an Aguillard kill, but Stanford answered with back-to-back points to cut the deficit to one. The 49ers kept their composure, however, going on a 5-3 run, capped by a Crabb kill, to take a 14-11 lead. The Cardinal held off one match point, but Olbright then found Crabb on the outside for the win.
Brad Lawson and Spencer McLachlin paced Stanford with 21 kills each, while Erik Shoji had a match-high 16 digs.
Long Beach State hits the road again next week as it heads to No. 3 BYU for a pair of MPSF matches, March 31 and April 1.