No. 12 Tigers Head South For Two MPSF Contests
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Men's Volleyball team returns to action this weekend with a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contests against UC San Diego and UC Irvine on February 10 and 11, respectively. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
No. 12 The Tigers (4-8, 2-5 MPSF):
Pacific takes to the court for the first time following a road trip to No. 11 Cal State Northridge and No. 10 Long Beach State. After a tough five-set loss to the Matadors, Pacific came out firing on all cylinders against the 49ers to take the 3-1 match victory. It marked the first win over LBSU in 10 tries against the MPSF foe.
Leading the Tigers last weekend was senior Florian Gornik who finished the two matches with 41 kills, while hitting .364. The Schewchat, Austria native, also added eight blocks for the trip. Gornik now ranks 10th in the conference with 3.55 kills per game and 13th with 1.72 digs per set.
The Orange and Black also got a spark from senior middle blocker Sean Daley. He had 16 kills and as many blocks on the weekend, including three solo stands. Always a force against opposing attackers, Daley currently ranks fourth in the MPSF with 1.5 blocks per set to total 53 on the season. His 13 solo blocks sets him three above any other conference member.
Assisting in the Tiger offensive attack is junior setter Patrick Tunnell, who ranks fifth in the conference with 10.47 assists per game for a total of 450 dimes. He is coming off arguably his best weekend of the 2012 campaign where he added 93 assists in nine sets played.
A constant all season for the Tigers is sophomore libero Javier Caceres who has added a team-high 109 digs on the year, which is good for second in the MPSF with 2.48 digs per game.
The Tritons (3-9, 1-6):
UC San Diego welcomes the Tigers to town after dropping seven of its last eight contests. Last weekend the Tritons dropped a pair of matches to No. 3 BYU, which included a five-set thriller in their last contest.
Leading the Tritons is Greg Smith who is hitting an MPSF 15th-best .402 on the year with 43 kills. Also, Mike Brunsting ranks seventh in the conference with .37 services aces per game, while sitting 12th in the MPSF with 9.39 assists per set.
No. 2 (2) The Anteaters (9-2, 5-2):
UC Irvine heads into the weekend on a five-game winning streak, which includes back-to-back victories over No. 13 Hawaii on February 10 and 12. The Anteaters will take on No. 4 Stanford the night prior to playing the Tigers.
UC Irvine is led by Carson Clark who has an eighth best 3.63 kills per set to tally just under 140 point-finishers on the season. Jeremy Dejno also leads the Anteater offense with 137 kills for an average of 3.26 kills per game.
The Tigers will return home to the friendly confines of the Alex G. Spanos Center for a pair of matches against USC and Pepperdine.