Pacific Mens Volleyball 1/22/2011
Pacific Men's Volleyball fell short to #4 BYU for the second time in as many days loosing the second match in straight sets: 25-15, 25-17, and 25-20.
In set one Pacific failed to hold a lead or even tie the set score after quickly falling behind 6-2 and leading to a Pacific timeout. Out of the break A bright spot for the Tiger squad seemed to be unfolding when redshirt junior Sean Daley (Moorepark, Calif.) stood at the service line and put a zinger across the top of the net recording an ace and moved the Tigers within one, trailing 7-6. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) was involved in action recording his fourth kill of the set putting the Tigers at an 8-7 deficit. Back and forth play including an additional two kills each by Hughes and Gornik left the tigers on the wrong side of a 14-10 score. Pacific went on to fall 25-15 in the frame.
The Tigers swung only slightly better in the second set hitting a .120 clip. With the Tigers ahead 8-7 Hughes hit a shot down the line giving Pacific a two point advantage. Pacific then gave up five unanswered points and was left trailing 10-9. Gornik, Daley Hughes and redshirt junior Chaz Hindsley (Northfield Ill.) each recorded kills in the remainder of the set but less than superb defensive work coupled with explosive offensive play by BYU's Futi Tavana got the best of the Tigers falling 25-17.
Pacific trailed early in the third set down 10-4 Head Coach Joe Wortmann called a timeout. Redshirt freshman Adam Troy (Loomis, Calif.) and sophomore Matthew Houlihan (San Jose, Calif.) grabbed back-to-back kills out of the break to move the tigers within four down 10-6. Sequential BYU attack errors and another Troy kill would give the Tigers their first lead of the set at 15-14. The Tigers would hold the lead one more time at the 16-15 mark following a Daley kill but would go on to eventually fall in the set 25-20.
The Cougars improved their record to 5-2, on the year, 2-2 in conference while the Tigers fell to 3-3, 0-2 on the MPSF. The Tigers schedule doesn't get any lighter as they take to the road to face #8 Long Beach State who is fresh off wins over #5 UC Santa Barbara and #3 UCLA.
The Tigers take on the Long Beach State 49ers in the Walter Pyramid Jan 28 in a match scheduled for 7:00pm.