No. 11 Pacific Can't Keep Up With No. 2 USC
Los Angeles, Calif. – The No. 11 Pacific Tigers men's volleyball team returned to action on Friday, March 30 for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match against No. 2 USC. The Tigers fought hard, but fell to the Trojans 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-22). The loss dropped Pacific to 7-15 (4-12 MPSF), while the victory improved USC to 17-4 (13-4 MPSF).
Leading the Tigers on the night was junior outside hitter Taylor Hughes and senior outside hitter Florian Gornik with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Junior middle blocker Christian Ahlin led Pacific with four total blocks on the evening.
The Tigers battled in the opening frame to bring the score to 18-17, but could never overtake the Trojans to drop the set 25-18. Leading the Tigers in the first set was Hughes with five kills on 13 swings, while Gornik added three kills to open the game. Junior setter Patrick Tunnell recorded six of his 20 assists in the opening set.
Pacific would drop the second set 25-16 behind three kills from Gornik and a pair of kills each from Hughes and senior Sean Daley. Tunnell added another seven assists, while Javier Caceres added one of his five digs in the second frame.
The Tigers would keep the third game close led by three kills each from Hughes and Gornik, but Pacific fell 25-22. Hughes finished the frame hitting .300, while Gornik collected three digs.
USC was led up by Steven Mochalski, Tanner Jansen and Steven Shandrick, who combined for 31 kills, while Robert Feathers led the match with seven kills on the night.
The Tigers return to action tomorrow, March 31 for the final match of the road trip against No. 7 Pepperdine.