The Cal Poly volleyball team swept St. Francis 25-21, 25-14, 25-14 on Saturday afternoon, before falling 25-21, 23-25, 25-11, 15-25, 15-11 to host Portland in the championship in the final day of the North Harbour Marriott Invitational Tournament.
Against St. Francis, Raeann Greisen led the Mustangs (7-2) with 15 kills, freshman Adlee Van Winden added 11 kills and sophomore Taylor Nelson had 26 assists.
The sweep was the third such victory this year.
Cal Poly hit .150 in the opening set, but warmed up in the second and third sets, with attack percentages of .486 and .381.
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The Mustangs had 10 blocks to the Terriers’ two, with Caila Petiprin leading Cal Poly with three.
Against the Pilots, after going down 5-0 to start the match, the Mustangs rallied in the first set, relying on consecutive Pilot attack errors to trim the deficit to 8-5. Portland would go on to win the set 25-21, after the Pilot closed out the set winning the last five points.
In the second set, Cal Poly was losing 21-19, but the rallied for a 25-23 win.
Portland owned the third set, after the Mustangs fell behind 12-2 and 16-6.
After jumping out to a 9-3 lead, the fourth set was all Cal Poly.
The Mustangs overcame an early deficit in the final set to make the score 9-8 Pilots. After Portland secured four of the next five points to make the score 13-10, Cal Poly called a timeout, but two kills by Portland sealed the set 15-11.
Van Winden notched a team-high 20 kills and Greisen had four blocks to lead Cal Poly against Portland.
Three Mustangs earned all-tournament nods, including Griesen (39 total kills in the tournament), Van Winden (46 kills) and Nelson (120 assists).