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Caceres Sets Digs Mark, But Pacific Falls To No. 8 Lewis

Jan 12, 2014

Senior Javier Caceres broke Pacific's career digs record, but University of the Pacific men's volleyball team fell 3-0 to No. 8 Lewis (19-25, 19-25, 20-25) Saturday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Christian Franceschi 11 posted kills and 10 digs while Marty Ross added 10 kills while hitting .571. Tommy Carmody added six kills and a .444 hitting percentage, but the Tigers hit just .093 for the match with 30 attack errors (40 kills, 30 errors on 107 attempts). Marco Grasso posted 32 assists.

Caceres finished with 15 digs, giving him 853 for his career, topping the 849 of former Tiger Mike Gawlik (2002-05). Caceres and Gawlik, one of many former Pacific players in attendance on volleyball alumni weekend, shared a handshake and hug during a timeout in the third set after Caceres broke the mark.

Lewis opened with the first four points of set one, with the Tigers coming back within 7-3 on kills from Marty Ross and Edgardo Caragena. Thomas Hodges added a kill, but the Tigers committed six errors on their first 13 swings as the Flyers led 13-7. Ross added a kill as Pacific rallied to within 14-10, and Franceschi's kill cut the gap to 17-13.

Lewis led 21-15 before a kill from Ross, but the Flyers closed out the set, 25-19. The Tigers hit just .065 for the set with 10 attack errors.

In set two, Carmody and Hodges teamed up for a block to tie the set at 3-3, but Lewis posted back-to-back points and seized a 7-4 lead. Caragena, Ross and Franceschi tallied three-straight kills as the Tigers pulled within 10-9.

Ryan Genn tied the set at 10-all with a kill off a feed from Grasso, but Lewis took a 13-11 lead off a pair of errors. Down 18-14, Franceschi rattled off a pair of kills to pull within 20-18, but Eric Fitterer finished off the block for a three-point lead and Lewis closed the set with an ace, a kill and a Pacific error for a 25-19 win.

Franceschi and Edwards recorded kills early in set three, but the Tigers committed another four errors as Lewis took an 8-3 lead. Pacific battled back to within 11-8 on kills from Franceschi and Carmody. Lewis surged ahead 20-14 on a pair of kills from Bobby Walsh and Greg Petty.

The Tigers reeled off a 6-3 run to close the gap to 23-20, but would get no closer as the Flyers recorded a kill by Geoff Powell and finished the match on an attack error.

Powell and Bobby Walsh led Lewis with seven kills each, while Walsh racked up eight blocks. Fitterer and Jacob Schmiegelt posted six kills each, while BJ Boldog tallied 24 assists.

Pacific falls to 1-2 overall on the season, while Lewis sits at 2-2 overall.

The Tigers will face UC Santa Barbara next Friday on the road at 7 p.m.

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