Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Men's Volleyball avenged last night's five set loss to Grand Canyon with a 3-1 decision in the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday, March 16. Pacific took the match with set scores of 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23.
The victory improves Pacific to 6-13 and 3-1 in nonconference play, while the loss drops Grand Canyon to 13-10.
Pacing the Orange and Black on the night was Taylor Hughes with 22 kills, while Matthew Houlihan tallied 14 kills. Senior Adam Troy and freshman Christian Franceschi added eight and seven kills despite each only playing a majority of two sets. At the net, Tommy Carmody added five blocks, Houlihan and Hughes tallied three blocks and Patrick Tunnell and Christian Ahlin picked up a pair of blocks.
As a team the Tigers hit a season best .436 with 62 total kills and only 11 errors.
Pacing Grand Canyon on the night was Ben Ponnet with 19 kills on 39 swings.
Pacific fell in the opening game 25-23 despite Hughes adding eight kills in the set. The senior outside attacker hit .700 after taking ten swings with only one error. The Tigers and Antelopes were tied at 22 before Grand Canyon took three of the final four points to end the game. Senior setter Patrick Tunnell added 14 assists and four digs in the first set. Senior middle blocker Christian Ahlin picked up four kills in the game.
Grand Canyon opened up an 11-8 lead in game two, forcing a Pacific timeout. The Tigers out of the break rallied to tie the match at 14 and eventually grabbed a 17-15 lead to force an Antelopes' timeout. Out of the break, Pacific rallied for eight of the next 11 points to take the set 25-18.
Leading the Tigers in the second game was Adam Troy and Hughes with seven kills each. Also, picking up three kills in the game was Matthew Houlihan. Patrick Tunnell added 15 assists and three digs in the set.
Pacific was in complete control of game three, gaining the lead at the 9-8 mark and never relinquishing it to take the set 25-18. Houlihan led Pacific with five kills on seven attacks, while Hughes added for kills. Freshman Christian Franceschi came into the match and recorded a pair of kills.
Pacific paced the entire game en route to a 25-23 set and match victory. Houlihan and Franceschi picked up six and five kills, respectively. Junior libero Javier Caceres added five of his eight total digs in the final set.
The Tigers return to the court next weekend with a pair of matches at Hawai'i.