Pacific men's volleyball:Tigers Fall in Four to No. 9 Hawai'i, 3-1
The set scores for the match were: 27-30, 33-31, 30-25, and 30-22.
With the Tigers trailing 6-4 early in the first set, two more points by Hawai'i took the score to 8-4. Pacific was able to close the gap as they rallied five straight points at 11-7, to knot the score at 12-12. Included in this rally was a service ace by freshman Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and a kill from sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.). With the score even at 17-17, the Tigers executed a three point run, with help from a kill by Vukicevic and by freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.). The Warriors were able to diminish the Tiger lead at 24-21, with a three point rally of their own. Pacific answered back with two straight, including a kill from Gornik to take a 26-24. With the Pacific leading 28-27, a Warrior service error brought the Tigers to set point. With Gornik at the line, a service ace captured the set for the Tigers by a score of 30-27.
In the second set, the Tigers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but Hawai'i answered back by scoring the next three to take a 3-2 lead on the Tigers. With the score tied at 3-3, Hughes racked a kill, which was followed by a Vukicevic service ace to take a 5-3 lead over the Warriors. Hawai'i went on to score ___ straight to take a 10-7 lead over Pacific. But the Tigers stopped the Warriors with a block by Daley and Gornik to take the score to 10-8. Later in the set with Pacific trailing 20-14, a kill from Hughes and a block from Vukicevic boosted the Tigers within four at 20-16.
The beginning of the third set, the two teams battled back and forth, with 17 tie scores and three lead changes. At 22-22, the Warrior went on to score four straight to take a 26-22 lead over Pacific. At 28-24, Hawai'i recorded a block to take the score to 29-24. With the set on the line, Hughes racked a kill to take the score to 29-25, but the Warriors would take the set by a score of 30-25. Hawai'i hit .268 in the third set compared to Pacific's .200.
Similar to the earlier sets, the two teams fought through __ tie scores. At 11-11, the Warriors rallied a three point lead over the Tigers. At 14-11, Gornik recorded a kill to take the score to 14-12. Hawai'i scored the next three points of the set, but again Gornik stopped the Warrior rally with a kill, to take the score to 17-13. Trailing 24-17, Daley recorded a kill for a Tigers sideout at 24-18. But Pacific was not able to capitalize, as the Warriors earned a quick sideout for themselves. At 26-19, Gornik started a Tiger rally with a kill. Hughes followed up with a kill of his own to take the score to 26-21. Following a Tiger service error, Hawai'i scored two straight to take the set 29-21. A potential Tiger rally was ended by a Warrior kill, as Hawai'i took the set 30-22 and the match 3-1.
The Tigers were lead by Hughes and Gornik, each of which racked a season-high and match-high of 23 kills. Freshman Patrick Tunnell (Tucson, Ariz.) had 49 assists and senior Mark Bauhs (Danville, Calif.) recorded 16 digs, to move to No. 6 all-time with 569.
Hawai'i was led by Jonas Umlauft who had 21 kills.
The Tigers will face No. 9 Hawai'i for the second match-up on Wednesday, January 20 for an 8:00 pm start time.