The Cal Poly volleyball team christened a resurfaced Mott Athletics Center floor with a 3-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield in the home-opener for the Mustangs on Friday, the opening day of the ShareSLO Invitational.
Freshman setter Taylor Nelson had 27 assists, 13 kills and seven digs for Cal Poly (2-4). Raeann Greisen had a match-leading 15 kills and just one error on 26 attacks. Savannah Niemen added 11 kills, and Nicole Kessler had 14 digs. Maddie Kuber had 22 assists for the Mustangs.
The Roadrunners (2-6) got 13 kills from Kelsee Sawyer and 12 kills from Danika Youngblood. Luiza Martins had a match-high 36 assists, and Mariah Alvidrez had a match-leading 15 digs.
Cal Poly took the opening set 25-16 and fell 25-17 in the second before running off 25-18 and 25-20 victories to finish the match.
The Mustangs wrap up the tournament with a doubleheader against San Jose State (noon) and Sacramento State (7 p.m.) today. The Hornets beat the Spartans 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 30-28, 15-3) earlier Friday.
Oklahoma State 2, Cal Poly 1
The Mustangs (2-4) scored the equalizer when Megan Abutin tapped in a rebounded shot off the crossbar by Elise Krieghoff in the 73rd minute, but the Cowgirls took the lead for good on a penalty kick 10 minutes later.
Oklahoma State ended a six-match losing streak to start the season. Allie Stephenson scored both goals, one in the 21st minute on an assist from Miriam Rhinehart, and the other on a late penalty kick.
Cal Poly led the Cowgirls 8-4 in shots on goal, with Krieghoff tallying four, but Rosa Medina came up with seven saves for Oklahoma State.
The Mustangs end their four-match road trip Sunday at Oral Roberts.
Cuesta 4, Sacramento City 2
The Cougars (4-0) came back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to keep their perfect record intact. Annie Mae Bohnsack scored twice, and Josie Snyder and Kate Vaglia had one goal apiece.
Tour de Cuesta
College of Sequoia’s Yesenia Silva won the women’s 5,000 meters at the Tour de Cuesta with a time of 18 minutes, 13 seconds, which was a course record.
Saddleback College took the team title with 32 points. Cuesta finished seventh out of eight teams with 166 points.
Josselyn Beutler finished 23rd with a time of 22:22 for Cuesta.
Scott Curran of Saddleback College took first place in the men’s 4-mile run in 21:25.
Saddleback also won the men’s meet with 31 points. Cuesta finished sixth with 154 points
Alex Hascall finished 10th for the Cougars, with a time of 23:42.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 17, SLO Stars 5; Cuesta 17, Merced 5; Diablo Valley 15, Cuesta 9
The Cougars’ pair of all-state sophomores Rachel Gruetzmacher and Shanae Lauridsen combined to score 21 of Cuesta’s 44 goals on the day.
Gruetzmacher had four goals against both the SLO Stars club team and Merced and three more against Diablo Valley.
Today, the second and final day of Cuesta’s Central Coast Classic, the Cougars play Santa Monica at 11:45 a.m. and Santa Barbara City at 3 p.m.