Hughes Adds 22 Kills, But Tigers Fall In Five

Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Men's Volleyball fell in a nonconference match with Grand Canyon on Friday, March 15 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers dropped the match in five sets, despite winning the opening game. The set scores were 18-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 15-9. 

Pacific drops to 5-13 on the season, while Grand Canyon improves to 13-9.

As a team the Tigers hit .341 compared to the Antelopes .275. Pacific was led on the night by Taylor Hughes' 22 kills, while hitting .462. Also, picking up double-digit kills on the night was Adam Troy and Tommy Carmody with 13 and 10, respectively. Junior libero Javier Caceres and senior setter Patrick Tunnell added 16 and 12 digs, respectively. Tunnell also added 53 assists on the night.

Grand Canyon was paced by Ben Hunt with 18 kills on 32 swings. Also adding 10 kills each was Ben Ponnet, Ryan Mather and Christian Ward.

The Tigers jumped out to a 12-9 lead, forcing a Grand Canyon timeout in the opening set en route to a 25-18 set victory. Pacific was led into the timeout by Tommy Carmody and Hughes with three kills each. However, the break did not help the Antelopes and Pacific went up 21-13 after 9-3 run. Adam Troy and Hughes finished the set with a game-best four kills. Senior setter Patrick Tunnell tallied 14 assists and five digs in the game. As a team, Pacific added six blocks including three by Christian Ahlin with one solo.

Pacific's valiant attempt at a comeback was thwarted by the Antelopes in a 25-23 set defeat. The Tigers trailed 24-20 late in the game and rallied for three straight points, but a Grand Canyon timeout calmed the Antelopes nerves to secure the second game. Troy paced Pacific in the game with four kills on eight swings. As a team, the Tigers hit .310, while the Antelopes hit just under .400. Adding blocks for Pacific in the game was Tunnell, Carmody, Hughes and Ahlin. 

The Tigers fell behind early in the third set, but battled back to tie the game at eight. Pacific would trade points, until snagging the lead at 14-13 on kill by Troy, and the Tigers would never give up the lead and win 25-18. After a big solo block by Ahlin to make the score 16-13, Grand Canyon was forced to call timeout. However, the timeout would not slow down Ahlin who picked up the next two points on a block and a thunderous kill. As a team, the Orange and Black hit .462 in the game with Hughes leading Pacific with six kills on nine swings.  Caceres added four digs in the frame, while Tunnell picked up 11 assists.

The Antelopes opened up an 18-12 lead in game four and looked poised to push the match to five. However, Pacific would not let the fourth set go so easily and tied the game at 21. After trading points, Grand Canyon would eventually take the game 25-23. Hughes paced the Tigers with six kills in the game on nine swings, while Tunnell added 12 assists. Caceres also added five digs for the Orange and Black in the game.

Grand Canyon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the final set, forcing a Pacific timeout. Out of the break, Grand Canyon pushed its lead to 9-4, before the Tigers rallied to bring the score within two. However, it would not be enough as the Antelopes took the decisive game 15-9.

Up next for the Tigers is a rematch with Grand Canyon tomorrow night, March 16 at 7 p.m.