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Tigers Take Season Opener 3-0 Over Grand Canyon

Jan 7, 2012

Pacific Men's Volleyball kicked off its 2012 campaign with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 26-24) victory over the Antelopes of Grand Canyon. Leading the Tigers offense was senior Florian Gornik and junior Taylor Hughes finishing the match with 14 kills a piece. On the other side of the pins, senior Sean Daley collected a team-high eight blocks.

After trailing 5-4 early in the first set Pacific took five straight points and never looked back winning the game 25-19. Hughes and Daley finished the set with 4 and 3 kills, respectively. For the first set Daley was perfect on the attack, and he finished the match hitting .714.  The Moorpark, Calif. native also added a block solo putting him in sole possession of second place of Pacific's career mark with 48.

The second set would not come as easy for the Tigers as they trailed 19-18 when head coach Joe Wortmann called a time out. After trading seven straight points, Pacific captured the lead and did not let it go winning the set 25-23.

The final set proved just as tough for the Tigers as they trailed 21-18 before rallying off four straight points, taking the 22-21 advantage. After trading four straight volleys Pacific took the final two giving them the 26-24 game and match victory.

Wortmann said of his team's comback, "in our scrimmage this week against Thompson Rivers we trailed late by a few points and were able to win 32-30. It was good training for our match today. We are going to play every point as it comes, and when a team can do that it will be in every single match."

For the match, junior setter Patrick Tunnell was great collecting a team-high 36 assists along with five blocks. Also, sophomore libero Javier Caceres provided a spark with a match-high eight digs.

Wortmann added about tomorrow's match against the Antelopes, "I will expect a lot more energy, tenacity, and to perform our skills at a higher level."

The Tigers take to the court for their second match in as many days against Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center tomorrow January 8.

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