Pacific upsets No. 12 UC San Diego
Victory ends Tigers' four-year losing skid against Tritons
STOCKTON, Calif. - The 12th ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team was upset by No. 15 Pacific as the Tritons fell, 3-1, at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Thursday. The loss snapped a six-match win streak UCSD had against the Tigers during the past three seasons.
Pacific, who hadn't beaten UCSD since Mar. 9, 2007, won by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-21.
The Tritons, playing their first road match since Jan. 22, fell to 5-8 overall and 2-5 in the MPSF. The Tigers evened their overall record at 6-6 and hold a 2-4 mark in league play.
UCSD was held to a .183 (51-28-126) attack percentage, mostly due to the Tigers' 17.5 blocks. Sean Daley had 10 total stuffs, while Taylor Hughes added another seven.
On the other side of the net, Pacific swung at .333 (46-15-93), with UCSD blocking the Tigers 7.5 times.
Pacific sided out more than 70 percent of the time in three of four sets, while UCSD was under 60 percent in all four sets. The Tigers had a 78 percent sideout percentage in set two.
Carl Eberts and Shane Veiga led UCSD with 12 kills apiece. Veiga hit .346 while Eberts had 10 errors and swung at .061. Veiga also contributed three digs, five blocks and a team high 14.5 points and Eberts dug a team-best eight balls. Setter Phil Bannan totaled 39 assists, a pair of service aces and six digs.
Florian Gornik led all players with 14 kills, while Hughes had 13 kills, seven digs and a match high 17 points. Javier Caceres finished with 10 digs.
UCSD gave up 22 points on service errors. Pacific wasn't great from the line either as it committed 16 errors of its own.
There were 29 ties in the match, including 11 in the opening set and 10 in the third frame.