Men’s Volleyball Continues To Struggle On The Road

After a tough fight this weekend, the men’s volleyball team fell by five to Cal State Northridge, ranked No. 5, at home last Friday, Jan. 31, despite their impressive effort and 24 blocks. Pacific’s Tommy Carmody ‘15 matched a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) rally-scoring record for blocks at a total of 15. Christain Franceschi ‘16 and Thomas Hodges ‘17 each made 11 kills and Carmody added seven. Northridge won the first set, 25-20. Tigers retaliated with a final score of 25-19 in the second and third sets. However, Northridge took the fourth set, 25-22, and were also victorious in the final set, 15-11.

As for the Tigers, Carmody racked up 13 assisted blocks and two solo blocks, while Hodges made 11 assisted blocks and a pair of solos. Peter Edwards ’16 and Franceschi both spiked kills on the court. Another block from Carmody, Edwards and Hodges brought the Tigers trailing by only two points, but opponents Greg Faulkner and Damani Lenore finished the set with a kill for a 15-11 Matador win.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, with the Tigers playing at home again, No. 6 Long Beach State beat Pacific with a final score of 3-0. Hodges had a great game, making 11 kills and boasting a .320 hitting average with five blocks. Other kills were made by Franceschi (six), Matthew Dorn ’17 (four) and Carmody (three).

Joshua Stewart ’17 posted 24 assists. Javier Caceres ‘14 defended the court with seven digs. Edwards began the third set with an attempt that was driven into the ground. Hodges earned a kill and an ace bringing our team up to a 5-4 lead. Later tied at 6-6, Long Beach commanded control of the court and quickly scored off seven consecutive points.
Long Beach took the match 25-22, 25-12, 25-16 to move to an overall ranking of 6-3 and 5-3 in MPSF play. Pacific plummeted to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in MPSF action.

The Tigers will be back in action in our very own court at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Friday, Feb. 7 when the Tigers face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. to play their fifth game at home.

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Jenna Graves

Lifestyles Editor at The Pacifican

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