Provo, Utah – The Pacific men's volleyball team returned to action against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foe BYU on March 9. The Tigers fell in straight-sets to the Cougars (25-23, 25-12, 25-18). The loss dropped No. 11 Pacific to 6-13 (4-10 MPSF) and improved No. 5 BYU to 14-4 (10-3 MPSF).
Leading the Tigers on the evening was senior Florian Gornik with 13 kills on 26 attacks. Senior Sean Daley led the Pacific defense with two blocks on the night. With just one more block he will move into sole possession of first place on the career total blocks list for Pacific.
The Tigers lost the first set 25-23 despite five kills off the arm of Gornik. Junior setter Patrick Tunnell would add 11 assists in the frame, but it just was not enough to mount a Tigers victory. Sophomore libero Javier Caceres would also have a solid performance to open the game with six digs.
The second frame was all Cougars as they took the set 25-12. Sophomore Adam Troy added three kills for the Tigers to hit .333. Gornik would add another two kills, but the Cougars hit .550 to control the game.
The final set was led by Gornik's six kills, but the Cougars took the game and set 25-18. Tunnell added eight assists in the game. Senior Ryan Spencer put a couple tallies on the scoreboard with two kills to hit .333. Daley would add two kills on five swings to finish the game hitting .400.
BYU was led by Taylor Sander who collected 11 kills. The Cougars' Josue Rivera hit .500, while notching seven kills.
Pacific looks to avenge its loss tomorrow, March 10 in Provo, Utah against the Cougars beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST.