It’s all about the numbers — particularly the number on the jersey.
Off the Block is unveiling the best player to wear each jersey number in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball during the 25-point rally scoring era.
The latest installment in this summer series examines the best to don the No. 4 jersey. Check out Off the Block throughout June as it continues to reveal the best in the sport to wear each number.
Best player to wear No. 4
Taylor Crabb, Long Beach State (2011-14)
Awards and honors: Second-Team All-Decade, 2011 All-MPSF Freshman Team, 2011 All-MPSF Honorable Mention, 2012 Second-Team All-MPSF, 2013 First-Team All-MPSF, 2013 National Player of the Year, 2013 First-Team All-American, 2014 First-Team All-American, 2014 First-Team All-MPSF
Player bio: Before he became a star on the beach, he was a star at the Beach. His 802 career digs ranks second best in program history, while his 1,600 career kills ranks eighth-best in program history. In addition, Crabb during his senior season led the nation with a 4.80 kills per game average and had a career-best .371 attack percentage. Crabb the previous season was in the nation’s top five with a 4.18 kills per game average and helped Long Beach State reach the MPSF Tournament finals.
Best players to wear No. 4 by conference
Big West: Stijn van Tilburg, Hawai’i
ConfCarolinas: Efrain Negron, Lees-McRae
EIVA: Nick Goodell, Penn State
MIVA: Tommy Rouse, Ball State
MPSF: Taylor Crabb, Long Beach State
Independents: Zach Yerington, Daemen
Honorable mentions: Jason Agopian, UC Irvine; Leo Durkin, BYU; Mike Hutz, Loyola; Conrad Kaminski, Stanford; Casey White, Harvard