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Pacific Men's Volleyball: Pacific Closes Out Its Road Trip With A 3-0 Loss At No. 5 Cal State Northridge

Apr 3, 2010
Closing out their two match road trip in Northridge, Calif., the Pacific men's volleyball team dropped a three game decision to the No. 5 ranked Matadors on Saturday, April 3. The loss dropped Pacific to 8-18 overall and 0-18 in the MPSF while the Matadors improved to 18-7 on the year and 13-6 in the conference.

Game scores for the match were: 30-23, 30-23, 30-20.

In the first game of the night, the Tigers fell behind early against the Matadors, trailing for the first half of the game before rebounding to take their first lead of the night at 15-14. Behind the service line, freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) served the Tigers into the lead with three straight points after picking up a kill against the Matadors to give the Tigers the serve. Up 16-14, the two teams traded points and mini runs until coming to a tie at 20-20, changing the game into a 10 point contest. From there, however, the Matadors ran away with the game as they outscored the Tigers 10-3 to close out victory and take a one game to none lead.

After watching the first game slip away, the Tigers again fell behind early against the Matadors in the second game, dropping back of their opponents by as much as four points in the first 10 points of play. The early cushion for Cal State Northridge would prove to be enough as the Tigers never could climb closer then two points, a mark Pacific hit midway in the game before the Matadors slammed the door on a possible comeback with a 6-2 run to pull away. In the set the Matadors were nearly perfect at the net against the Tigers as they hit .522 (13 kills and one error on 23 attacks) while Pacific hit just .179 (16 kills and nine errors on 39 attempts).

Down two sets, the Tigers were unable to rebound against the Matadors as Cal State Northridge posted its best hitting percentage of the night in the final game of the match, .536 (18 kills and three errors on 28 swings), to capture the 10 point win. The big damage for the Tigers was sustained during a 10-5 run by the Matadors that turned an 11-8 lead into a 21-13 advantage. 

Overall, Hughes led the way for the Tigers with 16 kills as he was the lone Pacific attacker to reach double figures in kills. On the other side of the net, John Baker made his mark on the game as he led all hitters with 17 kills in the match. Additionally, Baker committed just one error at the net in 24 attempts as he hit .667 for the match. As a team the Matadors out hit the Tigers .419-to-.198.

The Tigers will start their final home stand on Friday, April 9 when they take on USC at 7:00 pm at the Alex G. Spanos Center.