Second Half Stretch Run Begins In Irvine For The Tigers

Katy Tagart vs. UC Irvine - Photo By: Drew Hagen
Katy Tagart vs. UC Irvine - Photo By: Drew Hagen

Fri., Oct. 14: at Cal State Fullerton • W, 3-0
Sat., Oct. 15: at (RV) Long Beach State • L, 1-3 

Sat., Oct. 22: at UC Irvine • 7:00 pm 


Beginning the stretch run of the 2011 season, the Pacific women's volleyball team heads south for a single match to take on UC Irvine in Big West Conference play.  For the Tigers, the match will mark the start of the second half of conference play as Pacific will make its second run through the Big West.  Entering the week, the Tigers have posted a 13-8 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big West play after finishing .500 through the first half of conference action.  

Last time out against the Anteaters, Pacific took a 3-2 decision over UC Irvine, rallying back from two games down to pick up the win.  Down to their final breath of life in game three, the Tigers rallied to survive and stormed back against the visiting Anteaters to capture an improbable victory at home in the Alex G. Spanos Center.  Trailing 24-23 in game three and down two games to none, the Tigers were able to persevere and pick up its first Big West win of the year against the Anteaters.

For the night the Tigers were led by senior Samantha Misa who posted a match-high 21 kills.  In addition to her offense, the senior added 17 digs, one shy of tying her career high of 18 digs set last season against Long Beach State.  Trying to ease Misa's burden, sophomoe Megan Birch finished with 15 kills and just four errors on 33 attacks, hitting .333 to lead all Pacific attackers.  She also posted four blocks on the night, two back of Howard's match and career-high six on the night.  The freshman, Howard, also added seven kills while after picking up the start.  Sophomore Jennifer Sanders tallied seven kills and four blocks off the bench for the Tigers while junior Hannah Clancy picked up her team-best eighth double-double of the year with 50 assists and 18 digs.  She also added four blocks for good measure.

Leading the way for the Anteaters was Aly Squires who posted 13 kills on 64 attacks.  She also finished with a double-double after tallying 18 digs to go along with three blocks and one ace.  Alexandra Hauser was the only other attacker to reach double-figures in kills in the match as she posted 10 kills on 27 attacks.