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    Pacific Men's Volleyball: Pacific Falls in Four to No. 11 UC Irvine, 3-1

    Feb 12, 2010
    The men's volleyball team dropped the contest to No. 11 UC Irvine, 3-1, on Friday, February 12. With the loss the Tigers fall to 6-8 on the year and 0-8 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), while the Anteaters improve to 7-7 overall and 3-6 in the MPSF.

    The game scores for the match were: 30-21, 30-28, 29-31, and 30-22.

    The Anteaters jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead, prompting head coach Joe Wortmann to call a quick timeout. UC Irvine put up three more following the timeout, increasing their lead to six at 7-1. Freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) posted a kill at 9-3 and on the next play recorded a solo block to take the score to 9-5. At 14-7, sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) successfully attacked from the middle to take the score to 14-8. But the Anteaters would get a quick sideout and rally the next three points, capturing a 17-8 lead. Hughes would rack a kill from the back row to stop the UC Irvine run at 17-9. Daley would ace the Anteater defense on the following play to take the score to 17-10. The Tigers rallied three straight at 21-14 to close the gap to four at 21-17. UC Irvine would answer back with three straight at 22-17 jump out in front 24-17. The Anteaters would not surrender their lead and Pacific would drop game one 30-21.

    With the second game knotted 4-4, Pacific added two to their score with a UC Irvine service error followed by an ace from sophomore Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria), taking the score to 6-4. At 13-12 senior Jason Borchin (Roseville, Calif.) registered a kill to boost a two point Tiger rally, giving Pacific a 15-12 lead. UC Irvine tied the game again at 15, after scoring three straight. The two teams battled back and forth and Pacific's 20-19 lead was quickly erased with a four point Anteater rally, taking the score to 23-20. With the Anteaters in front, 24-21, freshman Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) recorded a kill to take the score to 24-22. Pacific scored two at 25-22 to jump back within one at 25-24. With the game on the line for the Tigers, with UC Irvine leading 29-26, Gornik recorded a kill and then went behind the line to ace the Anteaters, taking the score to 29-28. But the Tigers would not be able to continue the rally and fall 30-28.

    The Tigers battled the Anteaters through 17 tie scores and five lead changes during the third game. With Pacific trailing 4-3, a kill from Daley followed by two errors by UC Irvine boosted the Tigers to a 6-4 lead. Tied at six, the Tigers rallied two, starting with a block joined by Daley and Borchin and finished by a kill from, putting them in front 8-6. At 10-10, Pacific rallied two straight with a UC Irvine service error and a kill from Borchin, giving the Tigers a 12-10 lead. Two straight kills from Borchin at 15-14, put the Tigers in front by three at 17-14. But the Anteaters put four back on the board, taking an 18-17 lead over Pacific. The Tigers scored two points with a kills from Daley and Gornik, putting Pacific in front 22-21. The Anteaters took a 26-24 lead by scoring two straight points. At 28-28, Vukicevic recorded an ace for the Tigers, bringing the score to 29-29. Two straight errors by the Anteaters put the game in the Tigers' hands, 31-29, forcing a fourth game.

    The Anteaters scored 10 of the first 13 points in the fourth game, taking a 10-3 lead over the Tigers. At 11-4, Hughes racked a kill, bringing the score to 11-5. A kill from Hughes started a two point run for the Tigers, taking the score to 12-7. Pacific rallied two on a UC Irvine service error and an ace by Vukicevic to take the score to 18-15. The Anteaters continued to push ahead scoring two and bringing the score to 26-19. A kill from Hughes followed by a block from Daley and Gornik posted what would be the final Tiger points, taking the score to 27-22. UC Irvine scored the final three points of the game at 27-22, to take the game, 30-22, and the match, 3-1.

    The Tigers were led by Hughes, who had 20 kills, while Borchin posted 11.

    Carson Clark led the Anteaters with a match-high 20 kills.

    Pacific will be back in action on Saturday, February 13, to take on No. 3 UCLA at 7:00 pm in the Alex G. Spanos Center.