Still unbeaten going into the match, the Cal Poly volleyball team went into another five-set marathon at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.
Only, this time it was against host Notre Dame, and unlike the Mustangs’ upset of No. 18 Arizona a day earlier, this was not the result they were looking for.
The Irish pulled out a 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-16, 16-25, 16-14) victory in the tournament finale after having four players rack up double digits in kills.
Cal Poly was led by middle blockers Jennifer Keddy and Dominique Olowolafe, who combined for 28 kills and together committed only four hitting errors.
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Setter Sarah Cawrse had 52 assists, and freshman Kristina Graven had 15 kills and 15 digs, but the rest of the team combined for only 15 kills.
Cal Poly cruised to a four-set victory over Marshall earlier in the day to open the season with a 2-0 record.
Graven had a team-high 17 kills against the Thundering Herd, and Keddy had 11 kills and Holly Franks chipped in with 10 apiece.
The Mustangs next take on BYU in the Nike Invitational in Provo, Utah, on Friday.
WOMEN’S SOCCERCal Poly 2, Hawaii 1 (late Friday)Sophomores Cici Kobinski and Bianca Burright got the Mustangs on the board in the first half in Oahu at the OHANA Hotels and Resorts No Ka Oi Tournament.
Kobinski’s goal came less than 2 minutes into the match on a diagonal touch pass from Tiffany Gummow.
Burright scored from 25 yards out in the 37th minute to give the Mustangs a two-score lead before Hawaii cut the lead in half with a goal by Mari Punzal just a minute later.
With seven saves, Brooke Gauvin picked up the win in goal for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly played Long Island in a tournament match late Saturday. See Monday’s Tribune for results.