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    Pacific Men's Volleyball:Home Court Not Enough As Pacific Falls In Three To No. 9 Hawai'i

    Jan 21, 2010
    The Pacific men's volleyball team dropped a three game decision to No. 9 Hawai'i on Wednesday, January 20, at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-4 on the year and 0-4 in the MPSF while the Warriors improved to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

    The game scores for the match were: 30-21, 30-26, and 30-22.

    The Tigers and the Warriors stayed close in the beginning of the first game. With Pacific trailing at 8-5, the Tigers scored three straight to knot the game at 8-8. Sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) and freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) combined for a block and Daley racked a kill during this Tiger rally. Hawai'i added to their lead at 11-9, when they rallied five to jump up 16-9 over Pacific. They continued to add to their lead at 18-11, with a four point run. The Tigers rallied back four points at 24-14, to take the score to 24-17. Senior Kevin Downing (Poipu, Hawaii) had two service aces to help boost the Tiger rally. At 28-20, Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) registered a kill for the Tigers to take the score to 28-21. The Warriors scored the next two points to take the game 30-21.

    During the second game, the two teams battled through 22 tie scores and seven lead changes. Trailing 8-6, Downing, sophomore Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria), and Daley posted a block to start a two point run to tie the game at 8-8. With the Tigers leading at 10-9, the Warriors scored two straight to take an 11-9 lead over Pacific. Down 14-12, a kill by Gornik and a service ace by senior Jason Borchin (Roseville, Calif.) helped the Tigers rally three straight to take a 15-14 lead. At 24-23, the Tigers surrendered their last lead of the game on a two point run by Hawai'i that put them in from 25-24. The Warriors would capitalize on Tiger errors and finish the set 30-26.

    Tied at 3-3 in the third game, a three point run by the Warriors earned them a 6-3 lead. Hawai'i further added to their lead at 14-11, with a seven point run that brought the score to 21-11. Still trailing 25-16, Pacific rallied back three with a kills from Vukicevic and Borchin, as well a block by sophomore Nicolaas Schenk (Kamuela, Hawaii) and Borchin. On a Warrior game point, 29-19, the Tigers fought hard to close the gap, with three straight points, including a kill from Schenk and a block by Schenk and Daley.

    The Tigers were led by Borchin, who racked 12 kills and six digs and Gornik recorded 10 kill and six digs.

    Jonas Umlauft posted 15 kills for the Warriors.

    The Tigers will be back at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Friday, January 29 to take on UC Santa Barbara at 7:00pm.