Long Beach State Sweeps Patak-less Gauchos
Feb. 1, 2006
Long Beach, Calif.- The No. 3 Long Beach State men's volleyball team rolled to a 30-26, 30-25, 30-24 win over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday night at the Walter Pyramid. Robert Tarr led the 49ers (9-1 overall, 5-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) with 19 kills while Bryan Berman led the Gauchos (4-6, 3-4 MPSF) with 13 kills in the absence of 2005 All-American Evan Patak.
The 49ers hit .300 on the evening, including an impressive .400 in game number two. Long Beach out-blocked UCSB 14 to 4 and limited the Gauchos to a .101 team hitting percentage. Senior Teddy Liles led the 49ers with seven blocks and Duncan Budinger added six. Sophomore Paul Lotman recorded 11 kills, three digs and four block assists.
Long Beach broke open a tight game one with a 4-0 run which erased an 18-15 deficit and gave LBSU a 19-18 lead. The 49ers never looked back from there. Tarr had nine kills in game number one alone and Liles added four block assists. In game two the 49ers slowly pulled away after an early 13-13 tie. UCSB had 11 hitting errors in the game and the 49ers hit .400. Game three was tight throughout. Leading 26-24 the 49ers got back-to-back kills from Lotman and then back-to-back hitting errors by the Gauchos to close out the victory.
All-American setter Tyler Hildebrand had 38 assists, six digs and four block assists and Liles and Budinger both had seven kills.
The Gauchos return to action tomorrow when they travel to UC San Diego for a 7:30 match with the Tritons.