Tigers Host UCLA And UCSB In Spanos Center For Final Weekend
Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Men's Volleyball will welcome UCLA and UC Santa Barbara for the final weekend of the 2012 season on April 13 and 14 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers will also be saying goodbye to a senior class in Sean Daley, Florian Gornik, Ryan Spencer and Dylan Walker.
No. 13 Tigers:
The Tigers continue play at home after falling in back-to-back matches against No. 11 Cal State Northridge and No. 8 Long Beach State. The Orange and Black will top its MPSF record from last season with a pair of victories this weekend.
The Tiger attack is led by junior outside hitter Taylor Hughes and Gornik. Hughes has a team-high 310 kills, while hitting .256 this year. Gornik is not far behind this season with 302 kills to hit .278. Helping Pacific's attack in 2012 is the combination of junior setter Patrick Tunnell and sophomore libero Javier Caceres. Tunnell has team-high 943 assists, while Caceres has tallied a team-best 238 digs.
On the opposite side of the pins, Daley leads the Orange and Black with 142 total blocks on the season. He also ranks first in all of Division I volleyball with 26 block solos. Another force at the net is junior Chrisitian Ahlin, who has 81 total blocks this year.
About the Seniors:
Sean is a fifth-year senior from Moorpark, California. He has gone on to be considered one of the greatest blockers in the history of Pacific volleyball. He heads into the weekend ranked first in every career blocking category with 469 total blocks, 71 block solos and 397 block assists. He has recorded 715 kills and 45 service aces in his career with the Tigers.
Florian is fourth-year senior from Schwechat, Austria. He ranks fifth in the history of Pacific volleyball with 928 kills. He is also ninth in school history with 61 service aces and ninth with 397 total blocks in his career.
Ryan is a fifth-year senior from Santa Maria, California. He has totaled 33 kills on 91 swings for the Tigers attack. He has set career highs in 2012 for kills, digs and total blocks.
Dylan is a fourth-year senior from La Canada, California. He has collected 97 kills, including a career high 57 in 2009. He has totaled 24 blocks and tallied 20 assists in his time with the Tigers.
The No. 3 Bruins:
UCLA heads to Pacific after splitting a pair of matches with BYU last weekend. The Bruins are led by Gonzalo Quiroga and Thomas Amber with 233 and 207 kills, respectively. However, also of note it will be the last time the Bruins Head Coach Al Scates coaches a game against Pacific after 50 years and 19 NCAA titles with UCLA.
UCSB travels north to Stockton after sweeping Hawaii at home last weekend. The Gauchos are led by Miles Evans with 300 kills and Dylan Davis with 105 total blocks in 2012.