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Cal Poly Drops 3-1 Decision at Saint Mary’s

Cal Poly Drops 3-1 Decision at Saint Mary’s

MORAGA, Calif. – Freshman setter Taylor Nelson led all players with 13 kills and 23 assists, but the Cal Poly volleyball program – after winning its second set at Saint Mary's – dropped the ensuing two games and a 25-23, 16-25, 25-12, 25-23 decision to the Gaels on Sunday afternoon inside McKeon Pavilion.

Freshmen outside hitters Casey Carroll and Raeann Greisen each finished with 10 kills for Cal Poly (1-4), which conceded a .308 hitting percentage to the Gaels.

After trailing Saint Mary's 11-6 early in Sunday's opening set, the Mustangs used a pair of kills from Carroll and freshman middle blocker Savannah Nieman to rally for a 14-13 lead. The Gaels, however, registered the next three points to reassert their lead. The Mustangs tied the set once more at 17-17, but a quick 3-1 run by Saint Mary's placed the set out of reach.

The Mustangs stormed back in set No. 2 to hit a match-best .355 against just four errors and broke the last of eight tied scorelines at 16-15 following a kill by freshman middle blocker Caihla Petiprin. Keyed by three Greisen kills, Cal Poly closed the set by recording 10 of the final 12 points.

Cal Poly, however, fell behind 11-3 early in set No. 3 and failed to recover with Saint Mary's hitting .387.

Set No. 4 featured 11 tied scorelines and five lead changes, the last of which was secured by Saint Mary's at 22-21. Greisen's 10th kill of Sunday brought Cal Poly to a 24-23 deficit, but an attaching miscue by Carroll ended the match.

Cal Poly junior libero Nicole Kessler led all players with 26 digs on Sunday.

The Mustangs open their 13-match home schedule with the Sept. 12-13 Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament inside Mott Athletics Center. Cal Poly's portion of the competition opens on Friday against Bakersfield at 7 p.m.