The Cal Poly volleyball team won for the 14th time in its past 17 matches with a 3-2 Big West Conference win over Cal State Northridge on Friday at Mott Gym.
The Mustangs (16-6, 6-3 Big West) overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the Matadors 25-15, 23-25, 27-29, 25-16, 15-12.
While Cal Poly was only able to hit at .174, it was still better than the Matadors (9-014, 2-6 Big West), who hit .118.
Kristina Graven who hit a team high .264 and had 25 kills for the Mustangs. Catie Smith had 11 kills for Cal Poly, and Dominique Olowolafe and Jennifer Keddy had 10 kills apiece.
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Sarah Cawrse logged another impressive match with 50 assists, two kills, four aces and seven digs. Alison Mort had 23 digs.
Cuesta 3, Oxnard 1
Cuesta bounced back from its heartbreaking loss against Ventura on Tuesday with a four-set road victory over Oxnard.
On Tuesday, Cuesta (8-7, 2-2) gave up 10 straight points in the fifth set to lose 16-14, but against Oxnard the Cougars didn’t let it come to a deciding set with a 25-11, 25-11, 23-25, 25-22 win.
Cougars coach Roche Nystrom tweaked the offense by going to a 6-2 by moving outside hitter Kristin Urias’ to a setter position to compensate for her injured shoulder. Nystrom moved setter Ensley Allmon to the front, where she reeled off 10 kills and only one attack error, to go along with 26 assists.
Daniella Florant (16 kills), Tess Gilkey (11 kills) and Ciara Ramos (11 kills) were also in double figures in kills for the Cougars.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 9, Riverside 5; Cuesta 12, Long Beach City 10
The Cougars won two matches at the Golden West Tournament to extend their winning streak to 13 games.
The Cougars (20-6), ranked fourth in the state, will play Golden West and West Valley (a team that beat Cuesta 16-8 earlier in the season) in the winner’s bracket today.
The tournament showcased Cuesta’s depth.
In both games, Cuesta had seven different players score goals.
Lawrence Bardelli led the Cougars with four goals spread over two games.
“We have 11 kids that can start,” Cuesta head coach John Marsh said. “I don’t really have a first unit and a second unit so much as I have 11 guys that can play water polo.”
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 18, Southwestern 3; Sierra College 9, Cuesta 5
The Cougars (11-14) split two matches at the Long Beach Tournament.
Against Southwestern, both Erin Hasenkamp and Alex O’Conner scored five goals for Cuesta. In the loss to Sierra, Julia Tarian scored a team-high four goals.
Cal Poly senior Peter Kline put his name atop the national leaderboard with his performance at the Malibu Invitational.
Kline’s winning time of 3 minutes, 56.41 seconds is the fastest in the NCAA so far this season in the 400 individual medley.
Not to be outdone, freshman Konrad Antoniuk finished the 1,650 freestyle in 15:33.51, good for the second-fastest time in the nation.On the women’s side, Lacey Buck won two races, although none of them set a national standard.
Buck won the 500 freestyle in 5:05.78 and the 1,650 freestyle in 17:12.99.
Cal Poly’s Kylie France won the 400 individual medley (4:28.33), and Amanda Maffris (4:35.53) was second.