March 25, 2011
The No.15 Pacific Tigers hosted a battle with the No.7 Long beach State 49ers but fell to the visitors in four sets.
Set scores for the contest were: 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21
In a match of back and forths that saw 24 tied scores and 11 lead changes, The Tigers outhit the visiting 49ers .345 to .328 while recording 58 team kills to LBSU's 61 but it was not enough to get into the win column. Pacific was led by redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and junior Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) who each recorded 18 individual kills and hit better than .300 in the match.
In the first set, Long Beach State took an early 8-4 lead on a Brad Hemmerling kill, but Pacific eventually came back to go up, 17-13 following a Gornik kill . The 49ers then started to chip away, going on a 9-2 run to hold a 23-20 advantage. LBSU was able to finish the game from there as a pair of unforced errors by Pacific gave The Beach the 25-21 set win.
The two teams were neck-in-neck in the second set with 10 tie scores before the Tigers pulled ahead around the midway point With the score knotted at 12-12, the Tigers used a 6-1 spurt to go up, 18-13. Pacific never looked back as it went on to the 25-22 victory.
The 49ers came back in the third frame, taking a 10-7 advantage. Pacific stayed within striking distance before LBSU went on top 20-15 on an Olbright kill. Long Beach State then outscored the Tigers, 5-4 down the stretch ending the set at 25-19.
In the fourth frame, LBSU raced out to a 7-2 lead. Pacific eventually closed the gap to two, but the 49ers stayed out front and used a 6-2 run to go up 21-15. Pacific held off two match points, but a service error would eventually give The Beach the 25-21 win.
With the result the Tigers fell to 9-15, 3-13 in conference play while the 49ers improved to 11-10, 9-7 MPSF.
Pacific returns to the court at the Alex G. Spanos Center Saturday March 26 hosting in a match scheduled for 7:00pm with the Matadors of Cal State Northridge.