Pacific starts off club season right with a victory!
Last Sunday, Nov. 1, the men’s club volleyball team kickstarted their season with a commanding win over the San Francisco State Gators.
Winning in four sets, the Tigers only missed the third set by two points, the smallest margin possible. The first set went to extra points and ended 28-26. This win led to Pacific’s sizable lead in the second set, ending at 25-19. The Gators clenched the third set 25-23. The winning fourth set was a close, intense match secured by the Tigers 25-23. The two teams chose to play a short fifth friendly set to continue the energizing game. Elated from their win, the Tigers dominated this set as well, with a 15-9 final score.
The Gators were a good challenge for Pacific, as the first 15 points of every set were quite close; San Francisco State even managed to pull ahead to a strong six-point margin in the first set. With powerful comebacks, the Tigers closed the gaps with excellent setting and piercing spikes.
Justin Gibbs ’16, outside hitter No. 4 and coach, reflected on the match, saying, “We had some slip-ups but managed to bring it back and perform to about 80 percent of our expectations. It was enough to secure the win.”
Many of the powerful hits that led to the win came from senior Byrne Belden ’16, outside hitter No. 1. Byrne is excited for the upcoming season and told The Pacifican, “This is the strongest team I’ve seen in my four years playing here. I think we could win our league and do really well in nationals.” This first win is a promising start to what looks to be a very successful semester for men’s club volleyball.
With this success, the team is now shifting their focus to concentrate on improving and continuing on a trail of wins throughout the season. “Part of the identity of our team is that we are overall naturally gifted in height and athleticism,” stated Gibbs, “We are going to capitalize on that and work on becoming the best blocking/defensive team in the league. In order to do this, we will be working on developing our speed and precision.”
Coach Gibbs is already planning the team’s next steps this season and urges Pacific students to enjoy the exhilarating and action-packed upcoming club sport games this semester.
Other thrilling club sports to look out for this year include archery, badminton, basketball, climbing, equestrian polo, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, Quidditch, rugby, tennis, track and field, ultimate frisbee, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and wrestling.
As Gibbs affirmed, “It’s an exciting time to be a Pacific Tiger! We’re playing really well and we have a lot of matches at home, so we can really share what we do with our friends and family.”
Take a break from homework, show your Tiger spirit and cheer as loudly as you can!
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