Volleyball Hosts Pacific Community Classic Friday-Saturday

Ashlyn Fleming and Andie Shelton (photo by Andrew Lee)
Ashlyn Fleming and Andie Shelton (photo by Andrew Lee)

Pacific Community Classic Tournament Central Pacific Notes

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific volleyball team returns to Stockton to host the Pacific Community Classic Friday and Saturday at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers hold their home opener in game three of the tournament, Friday at 6 p.m. against Northern Colorado.

The Community Classic is back after a one-year hiatus. Yet it remains the longest running (non-conference championship) tournament in the nation with the 36th installment in 2016 (previously under the names Wendy's Classic and Bankers Classic).

As the host, Pacific owns an all-time record of 58-17 (.773) in the tournament, with 20 titles. Since 1979, 52 different schools have played 151 matches in the Classic. This season, Oregon State is making its second appearance in the tournament after finishing as the runner up to Pacific in 2003 (going 1-1). South Dakota and Northern Colorado are the 53rd and 54th different schools to participate.

The Tournament opens Friday morning at 10 a.m. with South Dakota vs. Northern Colorado. Oregon State faces South Dakota at 2 p.m., prior to Pacific and Northern Colorado at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Pacific meets South Dakota at 10 a.m. before Northern Colorado takes on Oregon State at 1 p.m. The tournament wraps with a 7 p.m. first serve between the Tigers and Oregon State.

Live video will be available on PacificTigers.com, via TheW.tv and Campus Insiders. All told, 26 of 30 Pacific volleyball matches will feature live streaming video, including 23 on TheW.tv.

Pacific enters the tournament with a 2-4 record after opening the year against one of the nation's toughest schedules. The Tigers hold wins over Auburn (which defeated No. 21 Louisville last week), and Furman (defending champion and perennial power of the SoCon), while falling to Georgia Tech, No. 8 UCLA, No. 15 Hawai'i, and Missouri State (which is receiving votes in the Top 25).

Lexi Elman was named to the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team after posting 35 kills in 10 sets of the tournament. She added 27 digs with three aces and seven blocks for 41.5 points. Elman had previously earned All-Tournament honors at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn.

Katrin Gotterba, who also earned a spot on the War Eagle Invitational All-Tournament Team,  racked up 31 digs against No. 8 UCLA, two off her career high. It was just the 13th time in program history Pacific had a player reach 30 or more digs in a match.

Freshman Ashlyn Fleming had a breakout weekend in Hawai'i, hitting .302 with 23 kills in 10 sets.  She tallied a career high 11 kills while hitting .455 against No. 8 UCLA while adding four blocks. Fellow freshman Skylar Wine came of the bench for five kills with no errors against No. 15 Hawai'i as she hit .385 for the match and posted 5.5 points, the most of her young career at Pacific.

Northern Colorado enters at 4-3 overall on the year, while South Dakota is 6-1 this season. Oregon State is 3-2 on the season.