Pacific Men's Volleyball: Tigers Fall to BYU on the Road, 3-0
The set scores for the match were: 33-31, 30-25, and 30-21.
In the beginning of the first set, the Tigers fought to stay close or tied with the Cougars but did not capture a lead. With the score knotted at 18, BYU scored three straight to take a 21-18 lead. After a timeout, the Tigers were able to rally back four points to take their first lead of the set. Included in this run was a block by freshman Patrick Tunnell (Tucson, Ariz.) and sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) and another block by Daley and sophomore Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria). Even at 23-23, freshman Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) racked a kill to give the Tigers a one-point advantage at 24-23.
The Cougars answered back with three consecutive points to take a 26-24 lead. A BYU service error and a kill from freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) knotted the game again at 26-26. With the score 29-27, a BYU game point, Hughes registered a must-needed kill to bring the score to 29-28. A block by sophomore Chaz Hindsley (Northfield, Ill.) and Daley on the next play tied the game again at 29-29. Another game point for the Cougars 30-29, was stopped by a kill from Daley and Gornik racked a kill to keep the Tigers alive and even the score at 31. This would be the final tie of the set, as BYU scored the final two points to take the set 33-31. During the first set the Tigers committed nine service errors, compared to six by the Cougars.
Similar to the first set, the two teams battled very closely in the beginning. Leading 8-7, Pacific added to their lead, as BYU committed two errors, making the score 10-7. With the Tigers ahead 12-10, the Cougars rallied four straight points to take a 14-12 lead. A kill and block by Hughes evened the score at 14-14. Later in the set with BYU up 29-23, the Tigers scored two points, including a service ace by Tunnell, but that would be the end of the Tigers offense for the set as they fell 30-25. The Tigers hit .081 in this set, compared to the Cougars' .200.
With the score tied 7-7 in the third set, BYU scored five straight points to take a 12-7 lead. Hindsley recorded a kill to give the Tigers a quick sideout, but after a Pacific service error, the Cougars added two more to jump out to a 15-8 lead. Later in the set with the Tigers trailing 23-12, errors by BYU helped the Tigers rally two points to 23-14. Pacific recorded two straight points at 27-16, including a kill from Daley to bring the score to 27-18. With the Tigers behind at 29-20, Gornik registered his seventh kill of match to bring the score to 29-21. But that would be all the points the Tigers could rally, as the Cougars captured the set 30-21 and the match 3-0.
In addition to his four blocks, Daley hit .500 with nine kills on 16 swings. Bauhs registered nine digs for the Tigers.
BYU was led by Andrew Stewart and Kevin Sagers, each registering nine kills.
The Tigers will be back on the court to take on BYU at 6:00 pm on Saturday, January 15.