Seniors Pace Pacific, But Tigers Fall To No. 1 BYU

Stockton, Calif. – Seniors Taylor Hughes and Matthew Houlihan led the way for Pacific with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, but it was not enough in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 BYU. Hughes finished the game hitting .333, while Houlihan hit .304. The set scores for the match were 25-21, 25-23, 25-19. 

Also, helping the Pacific attack on the night was Adam Troy with seven kills. Middle blockers Christian Ahlin and Tommy Carmody each added a pair of kills. The passing game for the Tigers was set up by Patrick Tunnell with 33 assists and libero Javier Caceres with six digs. At the net, Tunnell, Hughes and Ahlin finished the game with multiple blocks.

Leading the Cougars was Taylor Sander with 11 kills on 23 swings to hit .261.

The Tigers fall to 8-19 and 5-18 in MPSF play on the season, while BYU improves to 21-4 and 20-3 in conference play.

Seniors led the way in game one with Hughes and Houlihan picking up six and four kills, respectively. Hughes hit .556 on nine swings, while Houlihan connected on four of five swings to hit .800. However, the effort was not enough in the opening game as BYU took the set 25-21. In the game, Tunnell added 13 assists, while Houlihan led the way with three digs. At the net, freshman middle blocker Marty Ross added a block solo, Ahlin and Tunnell picked up a block assists. The Orange and Black as a team hit .333 in the game with 13 kills on 27 attacks. 

The Tigers were barely edged out by the top-ranked Cougars in game two, 25-23. Pacific owned a 22-21 advantage, but BYU rallied for four of the final five points to take the game 25-23. In the game, Houlihan led Pacific with three kills, while Troy and Hughes each added a pair of kills. At the net, Hughes and Carmody added a pair of blocks.

BYU used a 7-1 run to break open game three 19-13, but the resilient Tigers rallied for six of the next seven points to bring the game to 20-19. However, BYU regrouped to take the game 25-19. Houlihan and Hughes paced the Tigers in the final frame with five kills each.

The Tigers will honor five seniors tomorrow night in Christian Ahlin, Matthew Houlihan, Taylor Hughes, Adam Troy and Patrick Tunnell against Cal Baptist in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:50 pm with the match following.