LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The 13th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team suffered its fifth consecutive loss Friday, falling in straight sets against No. 15 Pacific at RIMAC Arena. Scores were 25-19, 31-29 and 25-19 in favor of the Tigers.
UCSD (6-13, 3-10 MPSF) hit just .155 for the match and was out-blocked 10.5 to 5.0. Outside hitters Joel Davidson and Carl Eberts each recorded 10 kills for the Tritons while middles Sebastian Brady and Calvin Ross both had five kills. Ross added four blocks and Chase Frishman had a match-best 11 digs.
Pacific (7-11, 3-9 MPSF) got a match-high 13 kills from Adam Troy. Taylor Hughes followed with 10 while also recording five blocks.
The opening set stayed within two points until about halfway through. Brady served an ace to give UCSD a 14-13 lead. However, it was the final lead for the Tritons as Pacific scored five unanswered points to go up 18-14. Florian Gornik floored three kills in the run. UC San Diego got back within two points, the final time at 20-18 on an attack error by the Tigers. Pacific proceeded to take the next four points, two on kills by Hughes. Gornik figured into this run as well with a service ace.
UCSD hit .133 in the first set, it's lowest of the match.
Set two was a nail-biter. An attack error by the Tigers gave UCSD a five-point cushion at 23-17. Sean Daley fueled yet another Pacific run with two kills and a block in a four-point spree, making it 23-21 in favor of the Tritons. An Eberts kill gave UCSD set point, but Adam Troy staved it off with a kill. An ensuing attack error by the Tritons forced a timeout to be called by the home team. Up 24-23, UCSD couldn't put it away as it committed another attack error, allowing Pacific to tie it at 24. The teams would trade set points back and forth until a kill by Davidson, his second straight, tied it at 29-29. That's when Daley took over and won the set with two consecutive kills.
Neither team hit well in the second set as UCSD swung at .136 and Pacific finished at .150.
The Tigers rolled to a 16-8 lead in the third set. UCSD would get no closer than five points, the final time at 24-19.
Pacific recorded a .391 attack percentage in the set, its highest of the night.
The Tigers swept the season series as they took a 3-1 victory in early February in Stockton.
The five-match losing streak is UCSD's longest since February of 2008.
The Tritons take on No. 3 Stanford Saturday at RIMAC Arena (7 p.m.). On Feb. 11, UCSD upset Stanford, 3-0, on the road, snapping the Cardinal's 18-match home win streak. It was the first time ever that the Tritons had won at Maples Pavilion.
The match will have a live video stream
and will also be covered by Live Stats
Tickets for all home matches are available at RIMAC Arena starting one hour prior to the start of the match. UCSD students are admitted free with a valid ID.
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