Pacific Men's Volleyball: Pacific Falls on the Road to No. 4 Pepperdine, 3-0
The game score for the match were: 30-27, 30-23, and 30-25.
After two Pepperdine service aces to start the game, Pacific followed up with three straight kills, one by Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and two by Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria), to take a 3-2 lead. The teams battled closely for much of the game. With the Tigers ahead 15-14, the Waves rallied three straight to take a 17-15 lead. Despite their efforts, Pacific would not be able to completely overcome this deficit. At 21-19, the Tigers took back two, making the score 21-20. At 24-21, a kill from Gornik and Vukicevic took the score to 24-23. That was as close as they would get to the Waves, as Pepperdine finished the game 30-27 over the Tigers.
A quick three point rally for Pepperdine in the second game was put to an end with a kill from Vukicevic, taking the score to 3-1. With Pacific trailing 6-4, the Waves scored three straight to boost their lead to 9-4. At 11-7, another kill by Vukicevic and a Pepperdine error took the score to 11-9. The Waves pushed their lead to seven at 22-15, with a three point run starting at 19-15. At 23-16 Pacific rallied two, to close the gap to five at 23-18. Trailing 28-23, the Tigers could not fend off the Waves, as they scored the final two points to finish the game 30-23.
Pacific scored the first point of the third game, but Pepperdine answered back by scoring the next four to take a 4-1 lead. At 10-5, the Tigers brought themselves within two with three straight points scored by sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) He earned the Tigers a sideout with a kill and then went to the service line to ace the Wave defense twice, bringing the score to 10-8. Trailing 14-12, Pacific scored two to knot the game at 14-14. Pepperdine pushed out in front and posted two more on the board at 19-18, with two straight kills taking the score to 21-18. At 21-19, three straight points in favor of the Waves jumped their lead to 24-19. Pacific rallied two at 29-23, for a last minute effort, taking the score to 29-25. But the Waves scored the final point to take the game, 30-25, and the match 3-0.
Cory Riecks registered a match-high 17 kills for the Waves.
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday, February 19 to take on USC at 7:00pm in Los Angeles, Calif.