Senior post player Molly Schlemer had 23 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season to lead Cal Poly's women's basketball team to an 84-74 home win over Akron on Friday in the opening round of the Holiday Beach Classic at Mott Athletics Center.
Fellow senior Jonae Ervin had a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mustangs (3-4).
Juniors Ariana Elegado and Taryn Garza also scored in double figures for Cal Poly. Elegado hit three 3-pointers, adding 16 points, and Garza came off the bench to score 13, making 6 of 8 from the floor.
The Mustangs out-rebounded the Zips 53-35, including 21 on offense, and both teams turned the ball over 13 times.
Forward Rachel Tecca led Akron (3-3), scoring 28 points, and guard Hanna Luburgh scored 24 for the Zips.
Cal Poly 3, UC Irvine 2
The Mustangs rallied back from a two-set deficit to beat the Anteaters 17-25, 20-25, 25-21, 26-24, 17-15.
Senior Megan McConnell led Cal Poly (12-6, 6-9 Big West) with 23 kills and 16 digs, and freshman Taylor Gruenewald added 18 kills of her own.
Junior Shannon Garrett led Cal Poly with 25 digs and 51 assists. Senior Steffi Sooter and sophomore Nicole Kessler were right behind Garrett with 24 digs each for the Mustangs.
The lead changed 13 times and was tied 32 times.
Cassidy Pickrell led UC Irvine (14-15, 5-10 Big West) with 16 kills.
Former San Luis Obispo star Culpepper earns award
Hawaii Pacific University right-side hitter Elizabeth Culpepper is the Pepsi Player of the week after tallying 10 kills, three digs and one block against Brigham Young-Hawaii and 11 kills earlier in the week against Dixie State.
Culpepper graduated from San Luis Obispo High in 2012, where she was a first-team all-county pick in 2010 and 2011.
Culpepper has 153 total kills and has been a bright spot for the Sea Warriors all season, helping the team to a 17-11 record.
Locals claim All-Big Sky honors
Portland State senior offensive tackle and Paso Robles High product Mitchell Van Dyk recently received first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors.
Van Dyk anchored the Portland State offensive line, which paved the way for 3,330 rushing yards this season and protected quarterbacks who threw for a total of 3,156 yards.
The 6-foot-9-inch, 290-pound Van Dyk graduated from Paso Robles in 2009 and became a dominant player in the Big Sky.
Van Dyk was an honorable mention pick on last year’s all-conference team and received 2012 Portland State Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman honors.
Van Dyk was not the only local player to be honored. Northern Arizona’s Nick Butier was the second-team All-Big Sky fullback. Butier, who graduated from San Luis Obispo High in 2011, was recognized for his blocking.