Stockton, Calif. – No. 14 Pacific Men's Volleyball took on No. 4 UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match on Sunday, January 27 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. UCLA won all three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-12).
Senior Taylor Hughes led the Pacific offense with 15 kills, while hitting .600.
The victory drops Pacific to 3-3, 2-3 MPSF and improves UCLA to 6-4 and 3-2 in conference play.
The Tigers and Bruins traded points early in the first set, but with Pacific down one, the Orange and Black rallied off five straight points to take the 11-7 advantage to force a UCLA timeout. Out of the break, Pacific held tight to its lead until UCLA rallied to gain the lead 19-18. Once with the lead, UCLA would not let up taking the game 25-22.
Hughes topped the Tigers in kills to open the match with six on seven swings. He finished the set hitting .857. Also, Matthew Houlihan recorded three kills in the set. As a team, Pacific tallied three total blocks with Tommy Carmody, Marco Grasso, Christian Ahlin, Hughes and Houlihan all getting in on the blocking action.
The Bruins got out to a quick start in game two with a 9-4 advantage to force a Pacific timeout. However, the break could not swing momentum and the Tigers eventually fell 25-19. Hughes again paced Pacific picking up three kills and four digs. Junior libero Javier Caceres tallied eight digs in the set.
Pacific continued to battle in the third set, but the Bruins were relentless on the attack winning the game and match 25-12. Again leading the Tigers in the set was Hughes with three kills. Freshman setter Marco Grasso finished the match with a team-best 24 assists.
Gonzalo Quiroga led the Bruins with 15 kills in the match.
The Tigers will return to the court for one match next weekend against DIII UC Santa Cruz on the first of February beginning at 7 pm in the Alex G. Spanos Center.