Pacific Men's Volleyball: Tigers Upset No. 7 UCLA in a 3-0 Sweep in Final Match of the Season
Completing the 2010 season with a conference victory, the Pacific men's volleyball team upset No. 7 UCLA, 3-0, on Saturday, April 17. With the win, the Tigers end the season 9-21 and 1-21 in the MPSF. UCLA fell to 16-13 on the year and 11-11 in conference play.
The game scores for the match were: 30-28, 30-25, and 30-28.
This victory marked only the second time in program history that the Tigers defeated the Bruins in 34 total matches. The only other time Pacific was victorious against UCLA was February 16, 2007 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The win is also the first conference victory for the Tigers since they defeated Stanford on January 31, 2008.
In the first game, the Tigers outhit UCLA, .323 to .057. With the game knotted 17-17, Pacific rallied two straight to take a 19-17 lead. Included in this rally was a block by sophomores Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) and Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria). Later in the game with the team tied at 27-27, freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) recorded a kill for the Tigers to bring the score to 28-27. The Bruins earned a sideout, but another kill by Hughes put Pacific one point away from the game win at 29-28. The Tigers would register the final point of the game on a UCLA attack error to take the first game, 30-28.
Tied 12-12 in the second game, Pacific posted a three point run to take a 15-12 lead. Freshman Patrick Tunnell (Tucson, Ariz.) registered a kill and Gornik aced the Bruin defense during the rally. At 21-18, the Tigers added two more to their score as Daley successfully attacked and UCLA committed a service error to take the score to 23-18. The two teams continued to exchange sideouts during the remaining part of the game and at 29-25, Hughes racked a kill to give the Tigers the win in the second game, 30-25.
The Tigers took five of the first seven points in the third game, taking a 5-2 lead. Still in front at 10-7, another three point rally jumped Pacific out to a 13-10 lead. Hughes registered another kill and two Bruin errors help boost the Tiger rally. The 15-9 lead that Pacific held was ended on a six point UCLA rally which tied the game 15-15. Trailing 20-19, the Tigers rallied five points to take a 24-20 lead over the Bruins. Freshman Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade Serbia) had a kill and Tunnell had a service ace during the run. On a Pacific game point at 29-27, UCLA earned a sideout, taking the score to 29-28. A block combining Tunnell and Vukicevic would capture the game, 30-28, and the match 3-0.
Gornik posted a match-high 14 kills, while Hughes hit recorded 11 kills.
Thomas Amberg had 13 kills for the Bruins.