Men's Volleyball Takes Second Match Against Grand Canyon In As Many Days
Pacific Men's Volleyball took on Grand Canyon for the second day in a row, resulting in another 3-0 victory (25-16, 26-24, 25-23) on Sunday, January 8 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. Leading the Tigers offensive attack was junior Taylor Hughes and senior Florian Gornik with 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Senior Sean Daley and junior Christian Ahlin led the Tiger defense with 5 blocks each.
Similar to Pacific's season opening win over the Antelopes, the squad dominated the first set led by Hughes and Gornik's six and three kills, respectively. Junior setter Patick Tunnell added 13 of his 40 total assists in the first game.
As like the two squads previous meeting, the second set did not prove as easy for the Tigers. The teams were tied at 21 with the 'Lopes serving when Hughes sent a thunderous attack between the Grand Canyon defense, followed by a Daley solo block giving them the two point advantage. However, the visiting team would battle back to tie it 24 before a blocking error by the Antelopes gave Daley the serve. The Moorpark, Calif. native took advantage by perfectly placing a serve just inside the line for the ace and set win.
The Tigers needed a late rally in the third set to down the Antelopes for the victory. Trailing 21-18, Gornik stepped up recording a clutch block solo pulling the Tigers within a deuce, then added a kill to bring the set even. Then after two straight Tiger points, Daley closed another set on the afternoon with his second block solo, giving Paciifc the match victory.
Daley talked about ending the two sets saying, "it was great to close out the sets because our team worked really hard during both. It was good to get out there and end it to take away some of the pressure." He added about the shots, "the serve was lucky, I missed it, but it went in. On the block, I talked to coach Carson and they tended to set the middle a lot, so I committed and put it down."
Leading the Antelopes was junior Jordon Tarantino with 12 kills, while hitting .207.
The Tigers are back in action on Wednesday, January 8 for their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener against Stanford at 7 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.