Stockton, Calif. – For the second time this season the Pacific men's volleyball team and Cal State Northridge went five sets and for the second time the Matadors came out on top (25-22, 25-18, 26-24, 15-13) in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contest . The loss dropped the No. 13 Tigers to 7-18 (6-13 MPSF) and improved the No. 12 Matadors to 11-15 (7-12 MPSF).
The Tigers were led by junior Taylor Hughes and senior Florian Gornik with 19 and 12 kills, respectively. Senior middle blocker Sean Daley added 10 total blocks for the Pacific defense, while sophomore libero Javier Caceres tallied 10 digs.
The Tigers never trailed in the opening set primarily due to a 5-0 run with the score knotted at four. Pacific would take the set 25-22 behind eight kills on 12 swings by Hughes. The Tigers also saw Daley and junior setter Patrick Tunnell collect a pair of blocks in the frame. Tunnell went on to tally 14 of his 49 assists in the game. Junior Matthew Houlihan and Caceres each recorded four digs in the set. As a team, the Tigers hit .355 to collect the game victory.
The second frame was the complete opposite, as CSUN would never trail in set after starting the game on a 6-1 run. Gornik would add three kills for the Tigers in the game, but it would not be enough as they fell 25-18. Daley would collect another two of his double-digit blocks in the game.
The third set was a back and forth battle between the Tigers and Matadors with 11 tied scores and five lead changes. A late two-point swing after a kill and an attack error was the 26-24 difference. Leading the Orange and Black was Hughes with another three kills. Daley, Gornik and Houlihan would each collect a pair of points in the set.
After dropping the first two points of the fourth game, the Tigers found their rhythm to never trail again and take the set 25-22. Hughes and junior Christian Ahlin each led Pacific with four kills on six swings. Five Tigers in the set would notch multiple blocks including Houlihan, Hughes, Gornik, Daley and Ahlin. Pacific hit .360 as a team leading the squad to the game win.
The decisive fifth set was a battle until the end with Hughes and Gornik each adding three kills for the Tigers. Pacific fell 15-13 despite another two blocks from Daley. Tunnell tallied eight assists in the frame. Pacific fell to 0-4 in matches that go five sets.
Leading the Matadors on the night was freshman opposite Julius Hoefer with 16 kills to hit .373. Also, Jared Moore added seven blocks in the match for the Tigers
Pacific is back on the court tomorrow for a match against No. 8 Long Beach State in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.