Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Men's Volleyball took down No. 10 Cal State Northridge in four sets on Saturday, March 30 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers won the first two sets and clinched the match with a 29-27 set victory in the fourth. The game scores for the match were 25-23, 25-23, 11-25, 29-27.
Pacific improves to 7-16, 4-15 MPSF, while CSUN drops to 11-11, 9-11 MPSF.
The Tigers had three players in double-digit kills led by senior Taylor Hughes' 19. Adam Troy and Matthew Houlihan finished the match with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Also adding multiple kills on the night was Christian Ahlin with seven and Marty Ross with six.
At the net, Pacific collected 10 total blocks. Hughes, Troy and Ahlin each added four blocks, while Ross tallied three. In the passing game, Tunnell led Pacific with 45 assists and junior libero Javier Caceres picked up 12 digs.
Pacific took the first game 25-23 after a tight battle with the Matadors. With the match tied at 22, back-to-back kills by Ahlin and Troy gave Pacific game point. After a Tigers' service error, Houlihan landed a swing to the floor from the middle to give Pacific the set victory.
Leading Pacific in game one was Troy with six kills on 11 swings to hit .364. Ahlin also added three kills and Hughes and Houlihan picked up a pair of kills of their own. The Tigers leading passer in the set was Tunnell with 12 assists. At the net, Hughes and Troy tallied a pair of blocks.
It was a similar story in game two between the Tigers and Matadors with Pacific picking up a 25-23 set victory. The teams were tied at 22 when Hughes decided to take over. He picked up the Tigers' final three points with two kills and a service ace on point 25.
Hughes was the catalyst in the second game with eight kills on 17 swings to go with a pair of blocks. Also, helping the Tigers' attack was Houlihan with three kills, and Ross and Troy with a pair of kills each. Also, Peter Edwards picked up his eighth point of the season with kill in the set. For the game Pacific hit .303 as a team compared to CSUN's .250.
Game three was all CSUN with the Matadors taking the set 25-11. The Matadors hit .342 in the game and Pacific committed six attacking errors. Matthew Houlihan added six digs in the frame. Ross, Houlihan, Troy, Hughes, Christian Franceschi and Ahlin all picked up kills in the frame.
The fourth set rivaled the first two with the two teams playing to a 22-all tie. However, this time the set would need extra points before a Ross ace ended the set and match at 29-27.
Leading Pacific in the final game was Hughes with eight kills on 15 swings to hit .400. Houlihan also added four kills, while Ross and Troy tallied a pair of kills.
The Tigers take to their final road trip of the season at UC San Diego and UC Irvine next weekend.