The Cal Poly volleyball team nearly had its second straight five-set comeback victory in Fresno — this time against No. 20 San Diego — but the Mustangs faltered in the fifth set before rebounding for a sweep over Long Island later Saturday.
Coming off a 3-2 victory over host Fresno State on Friday, Cal Poly (2-1) fell behind the Toreros 2-1 just as it had against the Bulldogs the night before.
The Mustangs rallied to take the fourth set 25-21 but were edged 16-14 in sudden death.
Jennifer Keddy had a team-high 13 kills, and Kristina Graven added 12 kills and 13 digs. In her first career start, freshman setter Shannon Garrett had 47 assists.
In the second match, Cal Poly made quick work of winless Long Island (0-3), beating the Blackbirds 25-23, 25-21, 25-5.
Keddy had a team-high 16 kills, Molly Pon added 10 and Graven had eight. Garrett had 21 assists, and Sarah Cawrse had 13 digs.
The Mustangs next face St. Mary’s on Tuesday in a match between Cal Poly head coach Jon Stevenson and the program he took to the NCAA regional semifinals in 2004 before leaving for San Luis Obispo the following season.
The Mustangs will follow with eight more road matches before playing their home opener against Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 18.