Feb. 19, 2011
Lon Angeles, Calif.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) led Pacific with 13 kills (hitting .407), while junior Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) added 12 kills (hitting .409) with 5 digs and freshman Javier Caceres Guaynabo, (Puerto Rico) added 7 digs.
No.15 Pacific led the No.1 team in the country to open the first set up 8-6 before relinquishing 5 straight points and then allowed the Trojans to steadily build on their lead. USC hit a .684 clip and recorded 4.5 blocks in the frame while the Tigers hit .250 and recorded 11 kills. Set Score 25-15.
The second set started off like the first, with Pacific leading 5-3. USC's offensive unit overcame a deficit by scoring 3 consecutive points to forge a 6-5 lead. Pacific unable to keep pace found themselves on the wrong side of an 18-13 score before making a run and with contributions from Gornik, Hughes and redshirt junior Chaz Hindsley (Northfield, Ill.) nearly overcame that margin trailing 22-21. Pacific fell in the frame 25-23
The Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set Before the Tigers were able to claw back and claim a 15-14 advantage following a Gornik kill. The Trojans were able to tie the score at 18-18, then USC scored 4 unanswered points to gain control of the set in which it hit .414 and had 4.0 blocks to finish of the match. Set score 25-21.
SET SCORES 1 2 3 PACIFIC (0) 15 23 21 USC (3) 25 25 25
With the result Pacific dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-7 in the MPSF while the Trojans' overall and MPSF record is now 8-1.
Pacific is next in action Friday February 25 hosting UCSB at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton. First serve slated for 7:00pm.