This Week In Tiger Volleyball - Big West Play
Kicking off a three-match homestand that will close out the 2012 regular season, the Tigers will have their work cut out for them as they welcome in the two of the top teams in the Big West. Pacific will start the weekend off with a tilt against No. 7 and 2012 Big West Champion Hawai'i as the Rainbow Wahine brind their perfect 14-0 conference record to the Spanos Center. On Saturday, the Tigers will face off against Cal State Northridge which currently sits in third place in the Big West. Early this season, the Tigers fell in a pair of five-setters to the Rainbow Wahine and the Matadors.
Last Time Against Hawai'i & Cal State Northridge
#9 Hawai'i 3, Pacific 2 : 14-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 15-11
Against one of the top teams in the country, the Tigers came out blazing on the road to take the first two sets of the night against Hawai'i only to see the Rainbow Wahine recover and comeback to grab the next three and send Pacific to its third-straight loss. The Tigers began the match on fire, hitting nearly .400 and posting 10 blocks in the first two sets. However, the Rainbow Wahine flipped the match over the next three sets, matching Pacific's efforts in the first two sets to take the win. Freshman Kat Schulz was at her best against the best as she posted 15 kills and 11 digs to lead the Tigers. Junior Jennifer Sanders grabbed 14 kills and five blocks in the middle for Pacific.
Cal State Northridge 3, Pacific 2 : 25-23, 25-19, 18-25, 21-25, 15-11
The Tigers suffered a five-set loss as Pacific fell in back-to-back matches for the first time in 2012. The Tigers dropped the first two sets of the night before rallying back to force the fifth-set, however, Pacific's comeback would fall short. Pacific struggled on the pins against CSUN making 18 errors in 86 attacks while posting 26 kills. Defensively, Pacific tallied 13 blocks to the Matadors' 16.