At the UC Davis Aggie Invitational, the Cal Poly volleyball team overcame a two-set Oregon State lead to run its winning streak to six matches Friday.
Oregon State (6-6) dominated early, taking the first two sets handily, before the Mustangs (8-3) rallied to take the next three and win 16-25, 13-25, 25-18, 28-26, 15-10.
Junior Catie Smith led Cal Poly with 17 kills.
Fellow junior Sarah Cawrse led both teams with 43 assists.
For the Beavers, senior Jill Sawatzky had a match-high 20 kills, and sophomore Ashley Eneliko led all players with 10 assisted blocks.
After Cal Poly won the third set 25-18, the two teams battled in the fourth through 16 ties and seven lead changes before prevailing 28-26. From there, the Mustangs kept their momentum going to win the final set comfortably, 15-10, to take the victory.
The win was Cal Poly’s second straight against a Pac-10 opponent; a week ago today the Mustangs beat Washington State 3-1.
Cal Poly will finish its stay in Davis with a match against the Portland Pilots at 2 p.m. today.
Women’s Water Polo
Cuesta 20, Ohlone 7; Merced 13, Cuesta 7
It was a tale of first quarters for the Cuesta College women’s water polo team at the Nyquist Invitational in Saratoga.
In the early game, the Cougars defeated Ohlone College by dominating the first quarter 7-0.
“We just pressed really well,” Cuesta coach Pete Schuler said. “We scored most of our goals off of their bad passes and our fast break was really working for us.”
Julia Tartarian led the attack with six goals, and Loren Kasenberg anchored the defense with seven blocks.
For Cuesta, the second game of the tournament was the mirror opposite of the first.
This time, it was the Cougars who were blanked in the first quarter, as Merced went up 6-0 after one and held out to win.
Cuesta’s 1-1 finish earned it a spot in the second-place bracket.
The Cougars will play Diablo Valley College at 8:40 a.m. today in their first game of the day and College of San Mateo at 12:10 to conclude their tournament.
Men’s Water Polo
Cuesta 8, Long Beach 7; Diablo Valley 16, Cuesta 11
In a day that featured three overtime games and two that went to sudden death at the Cuesta I Tournament, the Cougars were able to pull out a close victory of their own while losing in the last match of the day.
The first game for the Cougars saw them matched up against the state’s second ranked team in Long Beach.
Lawrence Bardelli had four goals for Cuesta, while Tom Ross made nine saves in goal.
In Cuesta’s second match, Diablo Valley outscored the Cougars in every quarter except the third.
Nick McGilvary had four goals for Cuesta, and Eric Marsh added three.
Cuesta 5, Sacramento City 2
Falling behind early after a seemingly dominant first 10 minutes, the Cougars (2-1-1) mounted a strong offensive attack to top the Panthers.
Ruby Navarro scored two second-half goals, and Cherish Bonomi added another as Cuesta pulled away in the second half after being tied at 2 at halftime.