Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Men's Volleyball dueled in a MPSF match with No. 3 Long Beach State on Friday, March 29 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers were in each set, but fell in four to the 49ers. The set scores were 25-23, 27-25, 19-25, 25-16.
Senior Taylor Hughes led all attackers with 20 kills, while hitting .341. Also adding double-digit kills on the night was Matthew Houliahn (13), Marty Ross (10) and Adam Troy (10). At the net Ross added a team-best five blocks, while Hughes added four blocks.
The loss drops Pacific to 6-16, 3-15 MPSF, while the victory improves LBSU to 18-7, 14-6 MPSF.
The 49ers stopped a late Pacific rally in game one, taking the set 25-23. The two teams were even until the 14-point mark before LBSU grabbed an 18-15 lead. The 49ers would carry that lead to a 24-20 advantage, but a pair of kills by Hughes and an error by LBSU brought the Tigers within one. However, LBSU secured the victory after a swing by Taylor Gregory fell to the floor.
Leading Pacific in the opening game was Hughes with eight kills on 13 swings to hit .538. Houlihan also added four kills, while Troy tacked on three. Senior setter Patrick Tunnell added a team-best 14 assists and five digs in the game. At the net, Hughes added a pair of blocks, while Tommy Carmody and Marty Ross each added a single block.
The teams needed extra points in the second game to settle the score, but a late LBSU rally gave it the 27-25 victory. Hughes and Houlihan paced Pacific in the second game with seven and six kills, respectively. Houlihan hit .667 in the frame, while Hughes finished at .462. Also, Hughes and Ross each added a pair of blocks in the game. Junior libero Javier Caceres added five digs in the second game.
The Tigers fell behind early in game three, but rallied to tie the set at eight. A 4-0 run gave Pacific a 19-14 lead it would not let up. Pacific went on to win the game 25-19 on a game-point kill from Ahlin. It was a complete team effort in the third game as the Tigers hit a night-best .412. Hughes, Troy and Ross each added five kills to help the Pacific attack. For the passing game, Tunnell added 15 assists, while Caceres tallied five digs.
Long Beach State controlled the final game en route to a 25-16 decision. Marty Ross led the Tigers in the final set with four of his 10 kills.
Up next for the Tigers is Cal State Northridge, tomorrow, March 30 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.