Cal Poly’s volleyball team split two matches Saturday at BYU’s Nike Invitational in Provo Utah.
The Mustangs opened with a 3-0 loss to Nebraska (25-15, 25-18, 25-17) before bouncing back to beat BYU 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 16-25, 25-12, 15-9).
Against seventh-ranked Nebraska (4-1), the Mustangs got swept in straight sets. They struggled in the game, hitting a mere .094 to the Cornuskers .348. Jennifer Keddy was the only Mustang in double figures with 10 kills.
The Mustangs were playing shorthanded as Dominique Olowolafe didn’t play in either match.
The Mustangs (3-3) were able to bounce back in a tough match against hosts BYU, winning in five sets after the Cougars took a 2-1 lead.
Kristina Graven had a big match for Cal Poly with 18 kills, four aces and nine digs. Keddy came up with 12 kills, a service ace and three digs. Catie Smith was another top performer for the Mustangs with 14 kills, four aces and five digs.
Men: UC Santa Barbara 24, Cal Poly 31
Women:Cal Poly 27, UCSB 30
Cal Poly sophomore and last year’s Big West Freshman of the Year Kayleigh Tyerman won the women’s five-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 7 seconds, and teammate Kelly Barmann, a transfer from Cuesta College, was third in 17:52.
Santa Barbara’s first finisher, Amanda Moreno, came in nine seconds after Tyerman at 17:16.
In the men’s competition, Scott Smith, running unattached, finished first with a time of 24:36 on the eight-kilometer course. The first man for UCSB, Juan Paredes, came in third with a time of 24:42. Cal Poly’s first finisher was Carl Dargitz in fourth at 24:46.
Saddleback 3, Cuesta 0
After a solid season opener against Lassen, Cuesta struggled a bit against Saddleback at home.
Cuesta was only able to get off five shots, two of which were from distance. The best opportunity for the Cougars came on a long throw-in from Cheresh Bonomi to Ruby Navarro, but the Gaucho goalie made the save.
Mari Monticelli had five first-half saves for Cuesta in goal and sat out the second half.