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Pacific men's volleyball: Tigers Remain Undefeated in Nonconference Action, Defeat NJIT, 3-0

Mar 20, 2010
The Pacific men's volleyball swept New Jersey Institute of Technology, 3-0, for the second night in a row on Saturday, March 20. Pacific improved their overall record to 8-14, while the Highlanders dropped to 2-15 on the season. With the victory the Tigers remain undefeated in nonconference action.

"If we just keep pushing, we will get wins," said sophomore Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria), who had a match-high of 20 kills.

The game scores for the match were: 30-19, 30-26, and 30-26.

Pacific jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first game, as freshman Nikola Vukicevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) each registered a kill. Pacific extended their lead to five at 9-4, with three straight, including a kill and a service ace by Gornik.

The Tigers extended their lead to ten at 26-16, with another three point run, with kills from Hughes and Vukicevic. The two players also combined for a block to record the third point of the rally. At 27-19, Pacific scored three straight, as Gornik registered two more kills to give the Tigers the 30-19 win in the first game.

Pacific and the Highlanders remained tight throughout the beginning of the second game. Tied at 11-11, Hughes racked a kill and sophomore Sean Daley (Moorpark, Calif.) aced the NJIT defense to put Pacific in front 13-11. Later in the game, Pacific pushed ahead further to 26-21, scoring two straight points, as Daley registered a kill and Vukicevic had a service ace. Still leading at 28-26, a kill from Gornik, followed by one from Vukicevic gave Pacific the 30-26 win.

Fifteen tie scores and three lead changes, made the third game a battle between the two teams. At 20-20, the Highlanders scored to take a 21-20 lead. Pacific answered back to take a 23-21 lead, with three straight points. Pacific would never relinquish this lead, which started on a kill from Vukicevic.

At 27-24, the Highlanders moved within one of the Tigers, with a three point rally to take the score to 27-26. Pacific ended all suspense by scoring three straight points to take the game 30-26. The rally started with a block by sophomore Dylan Walker (La Canada, Calif.) and Vukicevic and a kill by Walker would cap off the game for Pacific, as it would end the match 3-0.

Senior Mark Bauhs (Danville, Calif.) had four digs in his one game of play to tie Sam Crosson at No. 3 on the all-time dig list with 689.

Christian Puszies had 15 kills for the Highlanders.

The Tigers will be back in action on March 26 to take on host Long Beach State at 7:00pm.