A weekend jam-packed with Tiger matches

A weekend jam-packed with Tiger matches

Tiger athletes from the field hockey, water polo and volleyball teams are prepping for a big weekend. Homecoming is always a cause for some extra motivation, but all three of these Pacific squads have a little extra something in addition to school pride on the line this week.
The Pacific field hockey team has an opportunity to gain some valuable ground in the American East Conference this weekend, where they currently are tied for second with the Stanford Cardinal in the West Division. That means the Tigers can take sole possession of second place with a win over No. 16 Stanford in their home match on Friday at 3 p.m.
Field hockey will host another American East Conference opponent from the West Division this weekend when they take on UC Davis on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Aggies currently sit in last place with a 0-3 division record. Pacific hopes to beat this conference rival as well and inch ever closer to the 3-0 Cal Bears. The Tigers narrowly lost to Cal during their last time out on the pitch, falling to the Bears 1-0 last Sunday.
The Pacific water polo team also has a big weekend coming up, as the No. 5 Tigers look to improve their 14-2 record against a couple of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents. The men will take on No. 7 UC Irvine on Saturday at noon. The Tigers most recently played this conference rival last Sunday, when they handled the Anteaters 14-9 during the Kap7 SoCal Classic in Pepperdine.
The Tigers will then take to the water against No. 3 Stanford on Sunday at noon in what will surely be a hard-fought match. Pacific will look for a strong game from attacker-defender Ben Stevenson ’17, who leads Pacific with 41 goals this season.
This weekend will also be crucial for the Pacific volleyball team. The Tigers are looking to get back on track after losing three straight matches. In order to break the losing streak, the women will have to take down conference rival Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Alex Spanos Center.
The Tigers will look to outside hitter Lexi Elman ’17 for offense, who has racked up 337 kills so far this year. The Tigers will also count on help from middle blocker Holland Crenshaw ’16 and outside hitter Maycie LaBass ’18, both of whom have also had outstanding seasons for Pacific.
Homecoming Weekend is surely going to be an exciting one for all of Pacific Athletics. Be sure to show up to these events and support our Tigers!

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