Jennifer Keddy resumed her All-America form, freshman setter Shannon Garrett made a case to start at setter and the Cal Poly volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a five-set, season-opening road victory over Fresno State on Friday.
Keddy, a 6-foot-4 junior middle blocker who was named to the AVCA All-America third team last season, had team highs with 12 blocks and 15 kills on only 28 attacks in front of 1,000 people at the Save Mart Center.
Sophomore Kristina Graven had 12 kills and 10 digs, and freshman Allison Lee came off the bench to combine six kills with 17 digs.
“Graven was really clutch when she had to be clutch, and look at the monster, Keddy,” Mustangs head coach Jon Stevenson said. “She really showed that she backed up her All-American status for sure.”
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Keddy had a block and a kill during a stretch in the fourth set where Cal Poly turned a 15-15 tie score into a 19-16 advantage and pulled out the crucial set 25-19.
“It just broke their back,” Stevenson said. “That put us over the hump, and we just ran away with it.”
The Mustangs cruised to a 15-7 win in the sudden-death fifth set. Fresno State had pulled ahead by taking the first set 25-18, dropping the second set 25-18 and winning the third 25-21.
After watching Cal Poly fall behind in a lackluster first set, Stevenson subbed Garrett in for senior starter Sarah Cawrse.
Garrett, a recruited walk-on and younger sister of former Mustangs basketball and volleyball player Colleen Garrett, immediately set up Keddy for a kill and combined with Keddy on a block in the first three points.
In her first collegiate match, Garrett had a game-high 31 assists in four sets. Does the success mean she has earned her first collegiate start when Cal Poly makes a quick turnaround to take the court at 10 a.m. today against San Diego on the second day of the Fresno State Classic? The Mustangs will also play Long Island at 5 p.m.
“I think that she earned the right to start,” Stevenson said. “I don’t know that she’s going to be able to play at her highest ability just because of her fitness and she’s young. She certainly has a promising future. That’s the nice thing about it, the thing I like the most.
“Between her and Allison Lee, you’ve got to love it.”
Cal Poly 2, Cal State Bakersfield 1, 2 OT
Freshman forward Sara Lancaster had her second game-winning goal of the season, lifting the Mustangs (2-1) to a road victory.
Also her second goal of the season, Lancaster scored in the sixth minute of the second overtime period off an unassisted rebound.
Cal Poly also received a goal from sophomore Cristina Farrington, who redirected a cross from Cici Kobinski to open scoring in the 53rd minute, and the Mustangs doubled up the Roadrunners in shots on goal, 10-5.
Cal State Bakersfield’s Emily Noethe scored the equalizer with less than three minutes left in regulation, heading in a cross on the right side from Daisy Vazquez.
Lancaster also scored the game-wining goal in the 87th minute of a 2-1 victory at Cincinnati in the season opener last week.