Tigers Push Match To Four But Fall At Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii – Senior Taylor Hughes and junior Adam Troy collected double-digit kills, but it was not enough against the Warriors of Hawai'i in the MPSF contest on Friday, March 22. The Tigers fell in four games, the set scores were 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23.

The loss drops Pacific to 6-14, 3-13 MPSF, while the victory improves Hawai'i to 8-14, 7-12 MPSF.

Hughes and Troy paced Pacific on the night with 19 and 16 kills, respectively. Hughes hit a .333 on 45 swings. Senior middle blocker Christian Ahlin added a team-best six blocks, while Hughes picked up five blocks. Senior setter Patrick Tunnell also added four blocks to go with his 39 assists. . 

Senior Matthew Houlihan and sophomore Tommy Carmody each added five kills and three blocks. Houlihan also added a team-best 10 digs, while junior libero Javier Caceres added eight digs. 

Leading Hawai'i for the night was Sinisa Zarkovic and Brook Sedore with 16 kills each. 

The two squads played to a 17-all tie in the opening game, but a 3-0 Hawai'i run forced the Tigers to call timeout. The break would help Pacific regroup and tie the match at 20, but the Warriors won the race to five, taking the game 25-22. 

An 8-2 start to the second game propelled the Warriors to the set victory. The Tigers pulled the second game to a 17-16 mark, but Hawai'i would never relinquish the lead en route to the 25-21 set victory. 

Hawai'i seemed to have the match in control after jumping out to an 11-6 lead in game three, but the resilient Tigers kept battling to tie the set at 14. After trading points, the Tigers finally grabbed the lead at 17-16 and would go on an 8-2 run to close the set. Pacific took the game 25-19. 

Pacific snared the first three points of the fourth game, and controlled the lead until the Warriors tied the match at 13.  After trading points to a knotted score of 16-16, a 3-0 run from the Warriors forced a Pacific timeout. Out of the break Pacific cashed in on three opportunities tying the game at 19 and forcing a Hawai'i timeout. The score was knotted at 22 in the final game, but the Warriors took three of the final four points, winning 25-23.

The Tigers return to the hardwood today, March 23 at 10 p.m. for the second of two matches with Hawai'i.