Aug. 29, 2009
Fresno, Calif. - Playing the early game in day two of the Fresno State Invitational, the Pacific women's volleyball team handed Cal State Bakersfield a 3-0 loss on Saturday, August 29. The win was the second of the tournament for the Tigers while the Roadrunners dropped to 0-2. Set scores for the match were: 27-25, 25-23, 25-16.
Continuing their momentum from the opening match of the tournament the night before, the Tigers posted their second straight victory to move into position to take home th etournament championship. Despite the momentum of the big win the night before, the Tigers needed a furious rally early to put themselves in position to sweep the match away from Cal State Bakersfield.
Playing even through much of the first set, Pacific found itself on the wrong side of a five point lead late in the opening set as the Roadrunners took advantage of a pair of errors from the Tigers to capture a 22-17 lead. Down five with the end of the set in sight for Cal State Bakersfield, Pacific mounted a comeback that would set the tone for the rest of teh match. Setting four different Tigers to end the set, Pacific blitz the Roadrunners to end the contest, mounting a 9-3 run to post the 27-25 comeback victory. Junior Svenja Engelhardt (Sinsheim, Germany) capped off Pacific's rally with a trio of kills, putting away the Roadrunners with a shot down the line that capped the Tigers first set victory.
Up one set, the Tigers pushed for the second set, turning the tables on the Roadrunners with their own 22-17 lead in set two. Again, using a multi-dimensional attack in which five Tigers posted kills through out, the Tigers were led by senior Mallori Gibson (Bakersfield, Calif.) in the set as she posted four kills on 15 swings. However, with the Tigers comfortably out front of Cal State Bakersfield, the Roadrunners attempted to return the favor to the Tigers from set one, rallying from five down to close the with in one point at 24-23. Lindsy DeGeare did most of the work for the Roadrunners in the set, posting five kills including three in the Roadrunners rally. Despite the attempted comeback, Pacific was able to shut the door on Cal State Bakersfield before needing extra points, closing the set on a Gibson kill to take the two sets to none lead.
In additon to their play at the net in the second set, the Tigers picked up important points behind the service line as Pacific posted three service aces in the set, half of its full match total. Gibson picked up one of her match-high two while Engelhardt and senior Olivia Riley (Agua Dulce, Calif.) picked up their first aces of the season.
After playing a pair of close sets to start the match, set three was completely different for the Tigers as Pacific pounced on the Roadrunners early and often, running out to a 20-8 lead before pulling back and cruising to the match victory. Up big, the Tigers were able to get their freshmen into the game as Gabby Cowden (Danville, Calif.) and Andrea Terpstra (Ripon, Calif.) enter the game as attackers while Pihanakealoha Kea (Honolulu, Hawaii) entered as the Tigers' setter. Kea picked up a pair of assists in the contest while Cowden and Terpstra combined toegther to pick up a block for Pacific. In addition, Cowden etched her name in the scorebook with her first career kill.
For the match the Tigers posted 45 kills in 116 swings, led by senior Masha Vaysburg (Livermore, Calif.) and sophomore Rebekah Torres (Wahiawa, Hawaii) who each had 10 kills. Vaysburg added three blocks on the day, combining with Gibson twice who had four blocks including two solo tallys. Additionally, Gibson dropped in seven kills and two aces to go along with her four blocks.
The Roadrunners were led by DeGeare who also tallied 10 kills on 30 swings. As a team, Cal State Bakersfield posted two team blocks and hit .137 from the net. Pacific will look to take home the championship hardware from the Fresno State Invitational at 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 29, when the Tigers face-off against Fresno State to close out the tournament.
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