April 16, 2011

No.14 Tigers Fall In Four To No.4 Cardinal

April 16, 2011

Box Score

Stockton Calif.

  The No.14 Pacific Tigers hosted the No.4 Stanford Cardinal in the final match of the season, dropping the conference contest to the visitors 3-1. Set Scores for the match were:

             1    2     3      4
Stanford 25   26    25    25
Pacific    23   28    20    16

This was the final match of the 2010-11 season for the Tigers and as such Pacific honored redshirt juniors Chaz Hindsley (Northfield Ill.) and Nicolaas Schenk (Kamuela, Hawaii) as they donned Tiger Orange and Black for the final time in their collegiate careers.

Following the presentation the match got underway with Pacific giving up the first point of the night on a service ace from Stanford's Evan Berry. The Tigers got on the board for the first time following a redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) kill that had the Tigers trailing 3-1. The Tigers trailed by as many as six in the set when head coach Joe Wortmann called a timeout with his team trailing 14-8. Pacific began to close the gap when Hughes grabbed another kill and kept the Tigers in it trailing 21-18. Junior Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) wrapped up one of his 12 kills on the night that moved the deficit to two at the 22-20 mark but even as Pacific went on to hit a .324 clip as a team and produced 14 kills with only three errors, they fell short to the Cardinal in the frame 25-23.

In set two Pacific again gave up the first score of the frame courtesy of a Brian Cook kill. The Tigers with their best performance of the night were led by Hughes who answered the call with a kill of his own that evened the score 1-1. The stanza saw 13 tie scores including the 23,24,and 25 marks as well as five lead changes. Pacific had 16 kills in the set and only four errors compared to Stanford's 18 kills and nine errors. The Tigers outhit the cardinal .387 to .243 and claimed the frame 28-26. 

In the third set the Tigers struck first on a Hughes kill but quickly fell behind in the frame 6-4. redshirt freshman Adam Troy (Loomis, Calif.) had six of his 14 kills on the night in the stanza but even as Pacific hit .346 and tailed 13 kills Pacific couldn't keep pace as Stanford claimed the set 25-20. 

In the deciding fourth frame, Pacific's offensive production seemed to loose steamt as the Tigers had their most lackluster performance of the night hitting a meager .148 clip that produced only 10 kills coupled with six errors. The Tigers fell in the final stanza 25-16. 

With the result the Tigers finished the season with a record of 11-19, 5-17 MPSF while the Cardinal wraped up their regular season with a record of 19-8, 15-7 MPSF.