Men’s Volleyball Faces MPSF Foes
Although Christian Franceschi ’16 put forth a career weekend effort, it was not enough for the Tigers to overcome both No. 8 Stanford and No. 4 BYU over the weekend. Against the Cardinal, Franceschi tallied 15 kills, but it was not enough to prevent a three-set loss on Thursday, Feb. 12.
Set scores for the match were: 25-18, 26-24 and 25-17. Despite four service errors by the Cardinal, the Tigers found themselves down by a lot early in the first set.
The second set was much more even. An early kill by Franceschi gave Pacific a 5-3 lead, but five points later, the Cardinal were up 8-5. The home team would rally thanks to two kills by Franceschi to tie it at 24-24. However, Stanford was able to close out the set.
Though the third set was close early, Stanford pulled away in the middle thanks to an 8-0 run. The Tigers would never close the gap, despite the efforts from Franceschi and his teammates.
Franceschi added to his career high on Saturday, Feb. 14, posting a new personal best of 17 kills against BYU. Though the Tigers would rally back to stave off defeat for a while, the Cougars prevailed in four sets.
Set scores for the match were: 25-19, 25-16, 20-25 and 25-19.
The Cougars jumped on the Tigers early in the first set, using big runs in the opening to grow a lead which was never really whittled down. The second set saw BYU open up to an 8-1 lead before Pacific closed the gap. Nevertheless, BYU forced the action and took the second set.
Determined not to go down without a fight, Pacific capitalized on errors by the Cougars to take an early lead. Though BYU took a 15-14 lead, the Tigers tallied off five straight points for a 19-15 advantage. This time the lead held, as another Franceschi kill gave Pacific the set.
The action was close early and often in the fourth set. Though BYU looked to have it wrapped up, Pacific came back to make it a one-point deficit at 19-18. Unfortunately for the Tigers, five straight points from BYU put an end to the Tigers’ hopes of extending to the fifth.
The Tigers will wrap up their home stand with two contests this weekend.