Tigers Head South For First Road Matches Of Season
Stockton, Calif. – The No. 15 Pacific men's volleyball team will take to the road for the first time in 2012 as they will face Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) opponents No. 13 UC Santa Barbara and No. 3 UCLA on Jan. 20 and 21, respectively. Both matches will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The Tigers (2-2, 0-1)
After two clean sweeps of Grand Canyon to begin the 2012 season, Pacific dropped its last two matches to No. 4 Stanford and No. 14 Loyola. The Tigers will look to build momentum away from the Alex G. Spanos Center this weekend.
Offensively, Pacific is led by junior Taylor Hughes, senior Florian Gornik and sophomore Adam Troy. Hughes, a 2011 All-MPSF Honorable Mention member, has recorded a team-high 41 kills, while hitting .265. The Fallbrook, Calif. native has also added 12 blocks and 10 digs on the year. Gornik has collected 38 kills in the young 2012 campaign, while hitting .329. The outside hitter from Schwechat, Austria has also added a team-leading four service aces. In just six sets, Troy has added 15 blocks for the Tiger attack.
On the opposite side of the pins, senior Sean Daley has been a force all season for opposing attackers. He has a squad-leading 22 blocks, including three solos. Junior Chrisitan Ahlin has added 18 blocks with 4 solos. Junior setter Patrick Tunnell has a team-leading 129 assists in 11 sets played. Sophomore libero Javier Caceres from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico has recorded a team-high 36 digs for the Tiger defense.
The Gauchos (2-2, 0-0)
No. 13 UCSB is coming off a 3-0 sweep of Cal Baptist on Jan. 11. They are led by junior outside hitter Miles Evans with 44 blocks in three matches, while hitting .349. He has also added 11 blocks for the Gauchos defense. On the other side of the net, Dylan Davis bothers opposing attackers with his 16 total blocks.
The Bruins (5-1, 0-0)
No. 3 UCLA will take on No. 4 Stanford before meeting the Tigers on Jan 21. Heading into the weekend the Bruins are riding a three game winning streak. Most recently they downed Hawaii in straight sets. Leading the Bruins attack is Weston Dunlap and Jeremy Casebeer with 60 kills each, while Thomas Amberg has collected 54 point finishers. Amberg has added a team-high 29 blocks for the Bruin defense.
The Tigers will head to the state Ohio for the Ken and Dave Dunlap Invitational in Columbus. Pacific will battle the defending national champion Buckeyes of Ohio State and the Penn State Nittany Lions on Jan. 27 and 28, respectivley.