Pacific Men's Volleyball: Pacific Drops to No. 3 Northridge, 3-0
The game score for the match were: 30-28, 30-25, and 30-23.
Trailing 2-1 in the first game, a Matador service error followed by a kill from senior Jason Borchin (Roseville, Calif.) gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead. But a sideout followed by two service aces by the Matadors brought the score to 5-3.
With the Tigers down 13-11, freshman setter Patrick Tunnell (Tuscon, Ariz.) dumped the ball to the unexpecting Matadors to record a kill and bring the Tigers within one at 13-12. But another Tiger service error put the ball on the Northridge side. At 16-14, the Tigers won the rally when senior Mark Bauhs (Danville, Calif.) pushed a set to the back of the Matador court to post a kill, taking the score to 16-15.
With the Tigers trailing 22-17, a Northridge service error earned Pacific a sideout. Sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) added to the Tiger score with a kill to bring the score to 22-19. At 28-24, another Matador service error gave Pacific the ball, and with senior Jason Borchin (Roseville, Calif.) behind the line the Tigers recorded a service ace to draw within two at 28-26. The Matadors would close out the first game by a score of 30-28. Northridge committed 11 service errors, compared to six by the Tigers.
In the second game, with the score tied at 1-1, the two teams combined for four straight service errors knotted the score at 3-3. The Tigers rallied the next two points but at 5-3, Northridge rallied to 8-5 with a five point run.
At 21-15, a kill from sophomore Nicolaas Schenk (Kamuela, Hawaii) started a Tiger rally. The next two points were scored by the Tigers, with a kill from Borchin on an overpass and a service ace from Schenk to take the Tiger score to 21-18. At 25-19, Borchin registered another kill and a combined block by Daley and Borchin pushed the Tigers within four at 25-21.
At 28-22, Hughes successfully attacked from the right side to take the score to 28-23. At a Matador gamepoint of 29-23, Schenk recorded a kill to keep the Tigers alive and an attack error by Northridge on the next play brought the score to 29-25. Pacific couldn't continue to rally and the Matadors would take the set 30-25.
With Pacific down 4-2 in the third game, two straight points for the Tigers tied the game at 4-4. Northridge rallied to take a four point lead, due to a run started at 6-6, which brought the score to 10-6.
At 13-8, Pacific narrowed the Matador lead with a three run, taking the score to 13-11. Later in the set, with the Tigers trailing 19-15, sophomore Chaz Hindsley (Northfield, Ill.) recorded his first kill to take the score to 19-16. Tiger came with two again at 20-18 with a two-point rally, included a block form Hughes, Hindsley, and Borchin.
Tunnell and Vukicevic combined for a block to end the three point Matador rally at 27-20. A long rally at 28-21, ended in the Tigers favor when Borchin posted a kill bringing the score to 28-22. At 29-22, the Matadors committed a service error, but the Tigers could not capitalize and dropped the game 30-23.
At the conclusion of the match, Northridge had 19 service errors and Pacific had 20.
The Tigers were led by Hughes who had 10 kills and Borchin racked eight. Bauhs accumulated nine digs.
Theo Edwards boosted the Matadors to victory with 12 kills.
The Tigers will be back on the court on Wednesday, February 3 to take on host Stanford for 7:00 pm start time.