Tigers Fall In Five Set Battle To Cal State Northridge
Stockton, Calif. – Pacific men's volleyball returned to action on Friday, February 10 for a match at No. 11 Cal State Northridge. For the second time this year the Tigers would fall in five sets 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13). The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-8 (1-5 MPSF) and improved the Matadors to 4-6 (2-4 MPSF). Leading Pacific on the evening was senior Florian Gornik with 21 kills, while hitting .350.
The Tigers dominated the first set holding a 17-10 lead, and eventually took the set 25-21. The Orange and Black finished the game with eight blocks as a team. The first set block party was led by senior Sean Daley and sophomore Adam Troy, who finished the game with five rejections each. Leading Pacific's offensive attack in the first frame was Gornik with six kills, while hitting .500. Junior setter Patrick Tunnell added 12 of his 47 assists in the first set.
Pacific would fall behind early in the second set 12-3, but would not quit rallying for five straight points to force a Matador timeout. Out of the timeout the Tigers would show their resilience again to tie the score at 15. However, CSUN would not let the game fall from its grasp winning 25-20. For the second straight frame leading the Tigers was Gornik with three kills.
In the third game, it took until the 17th point, but the Tigers finally gain the set advantage at 9-8 and would not look back. Pacific would end up winning the set 25-21. A common theme on the evening continued in the third frame with Gornik leading the Tiger offense. The senior from Schwechat, Austria finished the set with five kills.
The fourth set was tied at 14 before CSUN would rally to take the game 25-18. Tunnell added 14 assists in the fourth set for the Tigers.
CSUN would run out to an early 7-4 advantage in the second game, but Pacific would battle back to tie the game at 13. However, two straight points would give the Matadors a 15-13 set and match victory.
Leading the Matadors on the evening was freshman Julius Hoefer with 15 kills, while hitting .226.
The five-set loss was not without great play from the Tigers, especially from sophomore libero Javier Caceres who finished the match with 11 digs.
The Tigers will return to the court tomorrow, February 11 for the final match on the road trip against No. 9 Long Beach State. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.