Pacific men's volleyball: Pacific Swept, 3-0, by No. 9 Long Beach State
The game scores for the match were: 30-22, 30-22, and 30-21.
In the beginning of the first game, the teams battled back and fourth. Knotted 10-10, a service error by Long Beach followed by a block by freshman Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) put the Tigers in front 12-10. This lead would be short-lived as the 49ers would rally back. Even again at 15-15, Long Beach had a three point run to jump them out to an 18-15 lead. This would be added to at 20-17, when Long Beach rallied three more points to take a 23-17 lead over Pacific. The Tigers could not stop Long Beach, who took the game 30-22.
Long Beach outscored the Tigers 8-3 in the first 11 points of the second game. Leading the Tigers 14-11, the 49ers rallied five straight to boost their lead to eight at 19-11. At 21-13, the Tigers pushed a three point run with two kills from sophomore Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) and one from sophomore Nicolaas Schenk (Kamuela, Hawaii), to take the score to 21-16. Pacific rallied another three points at 27-16 on two Long Beach errors and a service ace by Gornik to make the score 27-19. But Pacific would not be able to get any more runs started and dropped the game 30-22.
The Tigers fought hard to be within two of Long Beach at 14-12. But the 49ers pushed out to a seven point lead with a five point rally to bring the score to 19-12. Pacific was unable to find their rhythm to battle back, as Long Beach took the game 30-21 and the match 3-0.
Long Beach was led by Jim Baughman, who had a match-high of 14 kills.
The Tigers will be back in action in San Diego to take on UC San Diego on Saturday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.