The Cal Poly volleyball team looked to be headed toward an inauspicious start to the Big West Conference season before rallying from a two-set deficit to beat UC Irvine 23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23, 15-10 Friday in Irvine.
Freshman standout Kristina Graven was held largely in check for the first two games but finished with a match-high 22 kills and 20 digs.
Catie Smith finished with 19 kills, and Jennifer Keddy added 15.
Alison Mort had a match-high 27 digs for Cal Poly (11-3, 1-0 Big West), which won’t have much time to rest. The Mustangs will play at Cal State Northridge at 7 tonight.
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Cuesta 3, Citrus 0
Cuesta (5-3) tallied its second consecutive victory, winning 25-20, 27-25, 25-12.
Tess Gilkey nabbed 13 kills and 8 digs for Cougars. Ciara Ramos had nine kills, and Daniella Florant added eight for Cuesta. Ensley Allmon also recorded a team-high 31 assists.
For Citrus (2-4), Lindsey Mitchell had a team-high 22 kills.
Pepperdine 1, Cal Poly 0
The Wave got a 32nd-minute goal from Laura Cole to beat Cal Poly (4-5).
Pepperdine (6-3-1) dominated play, outshooting the Mustangs 19-5 and 9-2 on goal.
Cal Poly’s Bianca Burright had four of the five shots, while Morgan Miller had the other one.
Goalkeeper Brooke Galvin made eight saves for the Mustangs, who will play at San Diego State at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.
Cuesta 3, College of the Sequoias 1
The Cougars (4-2-1) took an early lead they never relinquished against the Giants.
Ruby Navarro and Cherish Bonomi hooked up twice to give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead. Twelve minutes in, Navarro scored off a pass from Bonomi. Six minutes later, Navarro received a long throw-in from Bonomi and knocked it home.
The Giants cut the lead to 2-1 before Cuesta answered when Kaysa Woods scored off a Kayla Navius corner kick.
Maria Monticelli was in goal most of the game for the Cougars, getting six saves.
COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
Cuesta at Western State Conference Preview
The Cougars had their best combined finish in school history at the conference preview meet in Oxnard, according to cross country coach Brian Locher.
Led by the runnerup finish of former Paso Robles High standout Travis Hallanan, the Cougars’ men finished second out of 12 teams.
Hallanan’s time of 20 minutes, 2 seconds was seven seconds behind that of Glendale’s Rico Gutierrez on the four-mile course.
Chris Gobell finished fifth for Cuesta in 20:43, while Gordon Sturgess was 16th in 21:09.
On the women’s side, Kristen Hessick’s time of 19:42 over the 5K course was good for ninth, while Lizzie Uscanga finished 13th in 19:52.
The women (84 points) finished third behind Glendale (21) and Moorpark (62) out of the 10 teams.
Kasey Urman was the third Cuesta woman to finish, clocking 20:08, good for 15th.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 13 Cabrillo 9; Delta 5, Cuesta 2
The Cougars (5-5) split a pair of games at the Cabrillo Tournament.
Julia Tartarian scored a team-high four goals to lead Cuesta over Cabrillo, while Kristin Egger and Ally Bernard scored three goals each.
Bernard tallied the only two goals for Cuesta against Delta.
Cougars goalie Loren Kasenberg made 13 combined saves in the two matches.
“We’re starting to move forward and break out of some of our young habits,” Cuesta coach Pete Schuler said. “We’re making progress and trying to be more consistent.”
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Cal Poly swims team opened their season with a pentathlon meet against Cal at the Anderson Aquatic Center.
Senior Peter Kline led the men’s team with a seventh-place finish, while sophomore Angie Haven was tops for the women’s side at 13th place.
The pentathlon is a five-race event — the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke and the 100 individual medley. The competitors add their times together and the lowest overall is named the winner.
Kline, the returning Big West champion in the 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley, finished in an overall time of 4:23.57. His best placing was fourth in the freestyle (47.02).
Junior Dane Philpot (4:35.51) and freshman Antoniuk Konrad (4:36.83) added 16th- and 17th- place finishes, respectively, for the Mustangs.
Cal freshman Marcin Tarczynski won the men’s meet in 4:13.99 after taking first in the freestyle (46.13) and the individual medley (50.55).
Haven led the women’s team with a total time of 5:00.69, and her third place in the breaststroke was the highest finish of all Mustangs in any event.
Freshman Jill Jones (5:04.47) and junior Gloria Benefield (5:04.86) placed 18th and 19th,respectively, for Cal Poly.
Cal sophomore Caitlin Leverenz was the best all-around women’s swimmer in 4:48.03 without winning an event.