April 13, 2012

No. 13 Tigers Fall In Four To No. 3 Bruins

Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Men's Volleyball continued its 2012 campaign with a match against No. 3 UCLA on Friday, April 13 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers fought valiantly, but fell 3-1 to the Bruins (25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19). The loss dropped No. 13 Pacific to 7-20 (4-16 MPSF) and improved No. 3 UCLA to 22-6 (16-5 MPSF). 

Leading the Tigers on the night was junior outside hitter Taylor Hughes and senior outside hitter Florian Gornik with 16 and 11 kills, respectively.

The first set was a back and forth battle between the two squads, but UCLA would come out on top 25-22. The Tigers trailed 18-15, which forced a Head Coach Joe Wortmann timeout and Pacific responded with three straight points to tie the frame. After a UCLA break, the score would find itself tied at 21 when the Bruins went on a 4-1 run to end the game. Leading the Tigers in the set was Hughes with six kills on 11 swings to hit .455. Gornik would also add four kills, with Daley being a perfect two for two in attack attempts. Junior setter Patrick Tunnell had a solid game with 12 assists and six digs for the Tigers.

With the score tied at 13 in the second set, Pacific took the lead and never released it to win 25-21. The Orange and Black took the set led by four kills by Hughes and three from Gornik. As a team the Tigers would collect 5.5 total blocks, with Hughes and Gornik each adding two block assists. Tunnell tallied eight assists in the game, while Hughes had a team-high five digs.

The Tigers fell behind early and could never overcome the deficit in game three. Pacific fell 25-17 despite three kills each from sophomore Adam Troy and Hughes. Daley and Gornik would each add a pair of kills for the Tigers attack in the game loss. 

The fourth frame proved to be too much for the Tigers as they fell 25-19. Leading the Tigers in the set was Hughes with three kills. Also, helping the Pacific attack was Gornik and Troy with two kills each.

Leading the Bruins on the night was Thomas Amberg with 14 kills on 20 swings to hit .700.  

The Tigers will conclude their season tomorrow, April 14, for Senior Day against UC Santa Barbara in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.