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    Pacific Mens Volleyball results 1/21/11 v. BYU

    Jan 21, 2011

    The Pacific Tigers opened MPSF conference play hosting #4 BYU at the Alex G Spanos Center. Though the Tigers were able to capture set 1 Pacific's 23 errors would prove to be more than they could overcome and relinquished sets 2, 3 and 4. Final sets scores: 26-24, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-21.

    The Pacific Tigers opened MPSF conference play hosting #4 BYU at the Alex G Spanos Center. Though the Tigers were able to capture set 1 Pacific's 23 errors would prove to be more than they could overcome as they relinquished the match falling in sets 2, 3 and 4.

    Final sets scores: 26-24, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-21.

    Pacific got off to a strong start in the match taking set one off the Cougars. The Tigers held their largest lead in the set at the 15-11 mark following a BYU Service error. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) notched his fourth kill of the set to give the Tigers an 18-15 advantage. The cougars would battle back and knot up the set at 19 a piece and go ahead 20-19 on back-to-back kills by Taylor Sander. Pacific's offense then stepped it into high gear with Junior Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) Hughes, redshirt junior Chaz Hindsley (Northfield, Ill.) and sophomore Matthew Houlihan (San Jose, Calif.) each collecting at least another kill on their way to a 26-24 victory in the set.

    In set two the Tigers quickly fell behind 8-4 and Head Coach Joe Wortmann was forced to call a timeout for his lineup to regroup. Out of the break kills by Hughes, Hindsley, reshirt junior Sean Daley(Moorpark, Calif.) and redshirt junior Nicolaas Schenk (Kamuela, Hawaii) put the Tigers right back in the contest trailing 13-12. The Two more kills by Huges and several offensive miscues by both contestnats put the Tigers at a 20-17 deficit. The Tigers would go on to score on additional kills by Gornik kill and Hughes but would fall short in the set 25-21 amassing 10 kills on 21 swings as a team. 

    Set three was all BYU showing off their powerful offensive while the Tigers struggled to get it going hitting only.125. In the frame the Cougars hit a .550 clip as a team tailing 13 kills on 20 swings while committing only two errors. The Tigers fell in the set 25-16 giving the Cougars a 2-1 set advantage.

    In the final fourth set a service error by sophomore Patrick Tunnell (Tucson, Ariz.) allowed the Cougars to tie up the set 9-9. Teammate Houlihan would pick him with a service ace and giving the Tigers an 11-10 edge. Midway through the set a BYU service error by Robb Stowell would tie things up at 13 a piece. The Tigers got contributions from all positions on the floor the rest of the way through the set but the Cougar offense coupled with too many Tiger errors proved to be Pacific's demise as they dropped the final set 25-21 and in doing so the match.

    The win was the first for the Cougars in MPSF play in the young season improving their record to 4-2, 1-2 in conference while the loss moved the Tigers to 3-2, 0-1 in the MPSF. The two teams are scheduled to meet again Saturday Jan. 22, in the second day of the two match series. First serve in the Alex G Spanos Center at 7:30pm.