Stockton, Calif. – Adam Troy led Pacific with 10 kills, but the Pacific men's volleyball team fell in three sets to No. 8 Stanford on Tuesday, April 2 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The set scores were 25-22, 25-21, 25-17.
Matthew Houlihan added nine kills for the Tigers, while Taylor Hughes also tallied five kills. Junior libero Javier Caceres led all players with 13 total digs, and freshman setter Marco Grasso paced Pacific with 16 assists. Senior Christian Ahlin added four blocks, while Troy picked up three blocks on the night.
The Tigers now sit at 7-17, 4-16 MPSF this season, while Stanford improves to 13-10, 10-10 MPSF.
The teams traded points for most of the opening game and were tied at the 21-mark when Stanford called timeout after a kill by Pacific's Patrick Tunnell. Out of the break, the Cardinal took three of the next four points to secure the 25-22 win. Leading Pacific in the game was Houlihan with three kills on just four swings. Also adding a pair of kills in the set for Pacific was Marty Ross and Troy.
Pacific started hot to open the second game on a 6-2 run and force a Stanford timeout. However, the Cardinal would start to chip away at the Tigers' lead and eventually take an 11-10 advantage they would not surrender. Stanford went on to take the game 25-21. Houlihan and Troy each added four kills, while Christian Ahlin added a pair of kills and a block. Grasso added six assists for the Tigers.
The teams were tied until the 13-all mark in game three when a 9-2 run catapulted the Cardinal to a 25-17 set and match victory. Troy paced the Tigers in the final game with four kills on nine swings. Hughes also added three kills, while Houlihan and Ross each added a pair of kills.
The Tigers return to the court this weekend with contests at UC San Diego and UC Irvine.