Honolulu, Hawaii – Pacific Men's Volleyball dropped the second of two MPSF matches this weekend with the Hawai'i Warriors on Saturday, March 23. The Tigers took the opening game, but fell in four sets. The set scores were 23-25, 25-23, 25-20.
Senior Taylor Hughes had a complete game, collecting 13 kills, 12 digs and five blocks. Junior outside hitter Adam Troy had a team-best 14 kills, while senior Matthew Houlihan added six kills. Junior libero Javier Caceres racked up 12 digs, while senior setter Patrick Tunnell totaled 39 assists.
Middle blockers Chrisitian Ahlin and Tommy Carmody each tallied four blocks and three kills.
The loss drops Pacific to 6-15, 3-14 MPSF, while the victory improves Hawai'i to 9-14, 8-12 MPSF.
The teams traded points to the 20-all mark in the opening set, and Hawai'i seemed to gain control after back-to-back kills to take the 22-20 advantage. However, a Pacific timeout would calm the Orange and Black for a 5-1 run to take the game 25-23. The Tigers run started with a pair of kills by Hughes, followed by an error from the Warriors. Then, it concluded with a service ace by Troy, before he was set up for a kill for the 25th and final point.
Hawai'i thwarted a late comeback from Pacific in game two en route to a 25-23 victory. The Tigers trailed 21-18, but fought to tie the match at 21. However, one kill by Hawai'i and three errors from Pacific propelled the Warriors to the victory.
The Warriors used a 5-0 run midway through the third set to control the game. Pacific trailed Hawai'i 14-13 before the Warriors seized control of the game after picking up the five unanswered points. Hawai'i went on to take the set 25-20.
Pacific held a 15-12 advantage in the final game before Hawai'i rallied to tie it at 16. The Warriors would use a 5-1 run to secure the set and match. Hawai'i went on to take the game 25-20.
The Tigers return to their home floor next weekend with contests against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge on March 29 and March 30, respectively.