Tigers Win Thriller On Senior Night Over No. 5 Cal Baptist



Stockton, Calif. –
On Senior Night in the Alex G. Spanos Center, the Tigers honored the efforts of Christian Ahlin, Matthew Houlihan, Taylor Hughes, Adam Troy and Patrick Tunnell in an upset victory over No. 5 Cal Baptist in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tiger seniors fought off match point four times in the fourth set and rallied to win the match in five. The set scores were 21-25, 29-27, 18-25, 32-30, 15-13.

Leading Pacific in the match were the seniors Hughes and Troy with 17 and 15 kills, respectively. Hughes finished the match hitting .316 with a career-high 18 digs. Tommy Carmody added 11 kills, while Houlihan also added double digit kills with 10. Setter Tunnell added 57 assists and seven kills. Also, senior Christian Ahlin added seven kills on 13 swings, while libero Javier Caceres tallied 11 digs.

At the net, Hughes and Ahlin each added five blocks, including a solo apiece. Troy and Carmody each added four blocks.  

The victory finishes Pacific's season at 9-19 and 6-18 in MPSF play, while the loss drops Cal Baptist to 16-14 and 12-12 in conference matches 

With all five seniors on the floor, Pacific picked up the first four points of the opening game and eventually led 8-3. However, Cal Baptist settled in to take a 16-15 lead and force a Pacific timeout. Out of the break, both teams remained close, but the Lancers edged Pacific, 25-21. Leading Pacific in the game was Troy with five kills and Hughes with four kills. Tunnell added 13 assists, while Caceres totaled three digs.

The Tigers needed extra points in game two, but they defeated the Lancers 29-27. The Orange and Black rallied out to a 10-5 lead early in the second frame and eventually pushed their lead to 19-15. However, the Lancers battled back to tie the game at 21. After trading points an attacking error by Cal Baptist gave the Tigers the set. 

In the second game Houlihan led Pacific with four kills on six swings, while Troy picked up three kills. Also adding a pair of kills in the set was Hughes and Tunnell. Picking up a set-high seven digs in the game was Hughes. 

Cal Baptist controlled game three and took the set 25-18. Tommy Carmody led Pacific in the set with three kills on as many swings for a perfect hitting percentage. Troy also added a pair of kills and a service ace.

The Tigers and Lancers combined for 20 tied-scores and eight lead changes in the fourth set as Pacific edged Cal Baptist 32-30. Pacific received the game winning kill on a slam by Tunnell from fellow senior Ahlin. The Tigers fought off match point four times, highlighted by a pair of kills by Hughes and one kill by Ahlin. For the Orange and Black, Hughes also picked up a pair of blocks down the stretch with Carmody, Ahlin and Troy.

In the fourth set, Carmody, Ahlin and Tunnell all added four kills apiece. Hughes and Troy each picked up three kills, while Houlihan added two kills. Tunnell had his best game of the night with 15 assists.

Cal Baptist led 8-5 at the break in the final set, but Pacific rallied back to take the 13-12 lead and force a Lancers timeout. However, the stoppage would not help as Pacific finished the match with an Ahlin kill to make the final game 15-13.

The Tigers season concludes after numerous team highlights including a 3-1 upset at then-No. 7 USC, and a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Cal State Northridge in the Alex G. Spanos Center.