The Cal Poly volleyball team lost a back-and-forth matchup 3-2 at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.
The Gauchos rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-11 in the Big West Conference opener for both teams.
Raeann Griesen had 22 kills and 14 digs, and Taylor Nelson notched 58 assists and 13 digs, but it wasn’t enough for Cal Poly (5-6). Taylor Grunewald added 19 kills, and Savannah Niemen had 12 kills.
Britton Taylor had 17 kills for the Gauchos (6-6), and Hannah Nielson had 29 assists and 12 digs for the Gauchos.
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Clayton Hutchins’ ninth-place individual finish helped lead Cal Poly’s men to a fourth-place team finish over the 8K course at the Stanford Golf Course.
Hutchins finished in 23 minutes, 51 seconds, and teammate Tyler Huntley finished 21st in 24:20 as the Mustangs scored 105 points to finish behind Washington State (73 points), UC Santa Barbara (74) and Stanford (75) in the team standings.
Stanford had the top two individual finishers, led by overall winner Joe Rosa, who finished in 23:16.
In the women’s 6K race, UC Davis’ Christine Hoffmann, a San Luis Obispo High graduate, was seventh in 21:04. The individual winner was Washington’s State’s Abby Regan in 20:31.
The Cal Poly women finished third in the team race with 117 points to 71 for first-place Stanford, 94 for second-place UC Davis and 118 for fourth-place Loyola Marymount.
Mary Jo Wright was Cal Poly’s top finisher in 21:39 for 23rd place. Teammate Sydney Szabo was 25th in 21:41, and three other Mustangs finished in the top 30.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Shanae Lauridsen and Rachel Gruetzmacher helped lead Cuesta to the tournament title in Cabrillo with two wins on the day.
The Cougars (11-3) went 4-0, capped by a 19-9 win over Cabrillo and an 18-10 win over West Valley on the tournament’s second day Saturday.
Against Cabrillo, Cuesta led 8-5 at halftime and put the game away with a 6-1 edge in the third quarter.
Emily Crane, Mia Taapken and Molly Casey all had three goals for the Cougars, and Gruetzmacher, Lauridsen and America Hall added two goals apiece.
Lauridsen had six goals, and Gruetzmacher three in the win over West Valley that saw the Cougars jump out to an 11-5 lead at halftime. Crane and Ashley Codoriz had two goals apiece.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Delta Mini Tournament
Colton Privett led Cuesta (10-7) with five goals on the day. The Cougars lost 10-8 to Diablo Valley College but rebounded for wins over Sierra (13-8) and Modesto (9-7).
Billy Johnson had 15 saves, and Sal Arredondo added 11 saves on the day.
California Nike Fall Invitational
In Berkeley, Cal Poly’s Sayaka Tsugai advanced to the semifinals of the white bracket singles competition.
Tsugai will face San Jose State’s Malin Cubucku today at 11 a.m. for a spot in the 2 p.m. championship.
Tsugai reached the semifinals by defeating Samantha Martino of UC Davis, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3.
Zoe Oedekerk also reached the semifinals and will compete in the White Bracket against Claire Meunier of UC Davis at 1:30 p.m. for a spot in the 3:30 p.m. championship.
In the Gold Bracket, Cal Poly’s Emily Gibbens and Tsugai reached the semifinals of the consolation portion by edging out Santa Clara’s Danielle Zinn and Delphin Rouvillois (6-0, 7-5).
West Hills Invitational
Cuesta finished third with 142 points overall.
Clayton Hartwell won the 197-pound title for the Cougars, Joe Else was third in the 155-pound division, Justin Jauregui was third in the 157, and Jack Robinett placed third in the 185.
Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Tournament
Cal Poly started its season with two golfers in the top 25 at The Classic Club’s Troon Course. Madison Hirsch is tied for 17th place after rounds of 74 and 81, and Sophie Bergland is tied for 21st place, with two rounds of 78 entering today’s final round.
Cal Poly, which recorded rounds of 311 and 314, is tied for sixth place with Southern Utah, 24 strokes behind leader San Jose.