Tough Conditions For The Tigers Send Pacific To A Loss At Long Beach

Pacific Volleyball: Photo by: Becca Wyant
Pacific Volleyball: Photo by: Becca Wyant

Long Beach, Calif. - Playing their second match on the road for the weekend, the Pacific women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Long Beach State on Saturday, October 6. The loss was just the third of the year for Pacific as the Tigers fell to 15-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big West while the 49ers moved past .500 to 9-8 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

Set scores for the match were: 25-16, 26-24, 25-18.

Right out of the gate, the Tigers found themselves on the defensive as the 49ers grabbed an early lead that they would not give back. Despite battling throughout the set, Pacific was on the wrong side of a pair of substantial runs, including a late five-point stretch that opened up the set for the 49ers and put the Tigers in a one set hole.

For Pacific, the true turning point in the match came late in the second set as the Tigers chances for a comeback evaporated behind a 5-0 run by the 49ers. Up 24-21 and looking to tie the match at 1-1, the Tigers could not close out the Beach as Long Beach State used five Pacific errors to steal the set and with it, essentially seal the match victory. Prior to the five-point run, the Tigers had taken control of the set behind the attack of freshman Kat Schulz who tallied eight kills in the frame alone. 

With the rough loss of the second set still fresh in their minds, the Tigers fell behind the 49ers early in the third set and never recovered. Pacific would climb two within two late in the set at 16-14, but a five-point run by the 49ers ended Pacific's night and their three-match winning streak.

Overall, the Tigers were led by Schulz's 12 kills on 34 attacks while junior Jennifer Sanders added 10 to round out the double-digit hitting. Schulz also posted 11 digs on the night for ninth double-double of the season. Freshman Mia Feiner added 12 digs to tie for the team-lead with senior Koala Matsuoka while at the net freshman Kimmy Whitson led the way with three blocks. Whitson was called into full action for the Tigers due to injury concerns in Pacific's lineup as Whitson posted a career-best 36 assists while adding one kill, six digs and two aces.

On the other side of the net, no 49er reached double-figures in kills as Delainey Aigner-Swesey led with eight kills on .318 hitting. She added a match-high 19 digs while also posting two blocks. As a team, the Beach hit .204 while the Tigers posted a .107 percentage.

Pacific is back in action at home on Friday, October 12 when the Tigers host Cal Poly in Big West Conference action. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm.