The Cal Poly volleyball team came from two sets down to claim a 16-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-11 victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday in Northridge.
The Mustangs (6-12, 2-3 Big West Conference) were led by freshman outside hitter Megan McConnell’s match-high 22 kills. She also had six digs and the team’s only solo block.
Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Keddy added 12 kills and a .400 hitting percentage for Cal Poly, which hit .200 as a team.
Freshman setter Anuhea Keanini had a match-high 46 assists, and junior libero Alison Mort had a match-high 24 digs.
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The Matadors (4-13, 0-4) were led by Britney Graff, who had 15 kills and 15 digs.
Cal Poly 2, UC Riverside 0
Senior defender Julianne Grinstead scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 12th minute as the Mustangs shut out UC Riverside at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Senior goalkeeper Coral Hoover made two saves in her fifth shutout of the season.
Leading by a goal, sophomore midfielder Tiffany Gummow hit the upper-right corner of the net from 20 yards out to give Cal Poly (8-5, 2-1 Big West Conference) the final tally.
Cal Poly outshot UC Riverside 16-6, including 10-2 in shots on goal.
The Highlanders (5-5-3, 0-2) got eight saves from goalkeeper Jessica White.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Pasadena City 11, Cuesta 8; No. 5 Orange County 15, Cuesta 7
The Cougars (7-12) got five total goals from Morgan Thompson in two losses at the Pasadena Bowl Tournament in Pasadena.The fifth-ranked Pirates scored six first-quarter goals and never let Cuesta into the match, leading 9-3 at the half.
Rachel Milne made five saves in each match for Cuesta, which will continue tournament play against No. 2 Cerritos today.
MEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 14, Palomar 10; Cuesta 12, Riverside 10
The Cougars won two games on day two at the Citrus Tournament in Glendora.
Lawrence Bardelli scored seven goals in the Cougars’ win over Palomar, and teammate Hunter Hamaker added five.
Cuesta (9-6) got three more goals from Hamaker in the nightcap against Riverside.
Goalie Thomas Martin kept the Cougars ahead, making a match-high 16 saves against Riverside. With the win, Cuesta avenged an earlier five-goal loss to the Tigers.
The Cougars meet Grossmont in the tournament semifinal today.
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The Cougars' Kelly Barmann finished first out of 98 competitors in the women’s five-kilometer race with a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds.
Cuesta’s women’s team finished third out of 11 teams with Glendale finishing first and Santa Barbara finishing second.
Cuesta’s men’s team finished sixth out of 12 teams.
Paul Denlinger led the Cougars as he finished 13th out of 121 in the men’s four-mile race with a time of 22:23.