Stockton, Calif. – Pacific men's volleyball returns home for the final stretch of the season with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) matches against Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. The Tigers will play CSUN on Friday, April 6, while battling LBSU on Saturday, April 7. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
No. 13 Tigers:
Pacific heads into this weekends matches after falling in three sets to No. 5 Stanford on Tuesday. The Tigers are led by senior middle blocker Sean Daley, who returns home after setting the record for most career block solos in a career after a two-block solo performance against Pepperdine last weekend. He now has 71 total block solos for a career and ranks first in all of Division I volleyball with 24 block solos this season.
Another force at the pins this year is junior Christian Ahlin with 65 total blocks to average .84 per set for the Tigers. As a team, Pacific has collected 252 total blocks to average 2.96 per set, which ranks them fifth in the nation.
On the attack for the Tigers is the duo of senior Florian Gornik and junior Taylor Hughes with 287 and 278 kills, respectively. Gornik is hitting above.300 and has tallied the second most digs for Pacific with 116. Leading Pacific this season in digs is sophomore libero Javier Caceres with 209 to average 2.46 per game.
Having another solid season for the Orange and Black is junior setter Patrick Tunnell with 852 assists to average 10.14 per set. His outstanding season has led to three-digit kill seasons for Gornik, Hughes, Daley (124), Ahlin (104) and sophomore Adam Troy (103).
No. 12 Matadors:
CSUN heads to the Alex G. Spanos Center after two losses at BYU. The previous weekend the Matadors swept the season series with Hawaii with a pair of 3-1 victories.
Leading the Matadors is Julius Hoefer with 238 kills this season, while hitting .236. On the opposite side of the pins, Drew Staker has a team-high 90 total blocks.
No. 8 49ers:
LBSU will battle Stanford on Friday before heading to Stockton. The 49ers head north on a three-game winning streak with a pair of victories over Hawaii and a split against BYU.
Leading the 49ers is Taylor Crabb and Jim Baughman with 252 and 208 kills, respectively. The Tiger attackers will have to be aware of Jeff Ornee, who leads LBSU with 92 total blocks on the season.
The Tigers will welcome UCLA and UC Santa Barbara to the Alex G. Spanos Center for a pair of conference matches on April 13 and 14.