Pacific Men's Volleyball 1/28 v. #5 Long beach State
The Tigers retook the floor in the first match of an expectedly difficult road trip opening play with #5 Long Beach State and falling in straight sets to the 49ers 25-18, 25-23, and 25-19.
In set one the Tigers served first leading off with a service error and turning the ball over to the 49ers. A service ace to follow gave Long Beach a 2-0 lead. Pacific would score on two 49er service errors before redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) got into the scoring column notching his second kill in the set keeping the Tigers within two down 6-4. Redshirt junior Sean Daley (Moorpark,
Calif.) Junior Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) and redshirt junior Chaz Hindsley (Northfield Ill.) collected a kill each as the Tigers stayed within two trailing 10-8. Back-to-back kills by Long Beach's Antwain Aguillard and a Tiger service error put the 49ers at a five point advantage at the 13-8 mark. Gornik, Daley and Hindsley each got a swing to fall in the minutes that followed to keep the Tigers back five, score 18-13. Hughes produced one more kill and the Tigers collected on a few 49er attack errors but Long Beach cruised the rest of the set behind Aguillard and Taylor Crab and ultimately sewed up the set 25-18.
The second set opened up on with a Daley kill. Long beach answered with a kill of their own and held the lead following a Tiger attack error. Gornik then got a swing off and knotted up the set 2-2. Two more kills for Florian in the minutes that followed and the Tigers trailed 7-5. Hughes and Daley each collected another kill and a Long Beach State service error put the Tigers at a 10-9 advantage. Back and forth the teams traded points until a Taylor Hughes kill tied up the set again this time at 17 a piece. Daley strung up another kill followed by a service ace and the Tigers again held the lead 19-18.
Gornik swatted another two kills, Hindsley another for himself as moved ahead 23-21. Pacific then relinquished four unanswered points and dropped the set 25-23.
Pacific up 4-2 to start set three gave up five unanswered points and fell behind 7-4 leading to call for timeout by head coach Joe Wortmann. Out of the break the Tigers were able to tie things up at the 8-8 mark without a kill on the Tiger stat sheet. A Taylor Hughes service ace put Pacific up 11-10. The Tigers didn't notch another kill in the frame until sophomore Mathew Houlihan (San Jose, Calif.) sent one down the line pushing the score to 18-14 advantage Long Beach State. Daley and Hughes each collected another kill but the Tigers struggled mightily in the set hitting only a .30clip on the way to falling 25-19 in the set and wrapping up the match.
With the result, #5 Long Beach State improved to 5-3 overall 4-1 in conference while the Tigers fell to 3-4, 0-3 in the MPSF.
The Tigers stay in Southern California where they are next in action at #13Cal State Northridge Saturday Jan. 29 in a contest scheduled for 7:00pm.