Northridge, Calif. – The Pacific men's volleyball team closed out its road trip with a 3-1 loss to Cal State Northridge. The Tigers fell in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match by the set scores of 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17.
The loss drops Pacific to 5-6 and 3-6 in MPSF play, while the victory improves CSUN to 7-5 and 5-5 against conference opponents.
Troy picked up five kills on 10 swings in the first game, but Pacific fell by a set score of 25-15. Carmody and senior Taylor Hughes each added a pair of kills in the game. Seniors Christian Ahlin and Matthew Houlihan each picked up a kill in the opening set. As a team Cal State Northridge hit .800 in the first game.
The Tigers bounced back resiliently with a 26-24 comeback victory in set two due in large part to hitting .478 as a team. Troy again led Pacific with six kills on eight swings. Houlihan added three kills and Carmody tallied another pair of kills. Senior setter Patrick Tunnell picked up 12 assists and a pair of blocks in the game. Ahlin also added a pair of block assists.
Cal State Northridge responded in the third game with a 25-22 set victory over the Tigers. Troy added another four kills in game three, while Carmody slammed an additional three.
The Matadors put away Pacific in game four by the score of 25-17. Houlihan added three kills to finish the match with eight total. Ahlin added another block to finish with a team-best four block assists. Junior libero Javier Caceres finished the match with seven digs, while Tunnell totaled 39 assists.
Brandon Lebrock had a match-best 19 kills to pace the Matadors.
The Tigers are back at it on Friday, February 22 in Provo, Utah against BYU.