The Cal Poly volleyball team dropped a narrow 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 25-20, 15-12 decision to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at the Thunderdome in Santa Barbara.
The Mustangs (6-13, 2-4 Big West Conference) held an 8-4 lead in the fifth set before the Gauchos (12-4, 3-2) went on a 6-0 run for a 10-8 lead.
Freshman outside hitter Megan McConnell had a team-high 18 kills and nine digs for the Mustangs, and freshman outside hitter Chelsea Hardin added 12 kills and a team-high four solo blocks.
Freshman setter Anuhea Keanini had a team-high 49 assists for Cal Poly, which hit .224 as a team.
UC Santa Barbara’s Rebecca Saraceno led all players with 19 kills and 14 digs.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
No. 2 Cerritos 20, Cuesta 7; Cuesta 12, Diablo Valley 7
The Cougars (7-14) split a pair of matches on the final day of the Pasadena Bowl Tournament.
Sophie Mouret and Heidi Link scored two goals apiece in Cuesta’s loss to defending state champion and second-ranked Cerritos.
The Cougars got six goals from Morgan Thompson in the win over Diablo Valley as Thompson broke the school-record for career goals with 166.
Thompson, a 2008 all-Southern California selection, has a team-high 71 goals on the season.
Cal Poly 0, Bakersfield 0, OT
Goalkeeper Brett Finkelstein made seven saves for Cal Poly (4-7-1) against the Roadrunners (5-3-2), helping to bring the 110-minute game to a draw close.
In the first half, Bakersfield outshot the Mustangs 5-2. Sam Myerson took the first attempt for Cal Poly at 20:38, shooting high.
Ben Fisk followed Myerson’s attempt at 36:58, but Roadrunners goalkeeper Eric Shannon stopped what would be the last shot of the half.
The Cal Poly defense continued to hold against Bakersfield in the second half and overtime. The Roadrunners took 11 shots, but Finkelstein’s six saves kept Cal Poly from sliding into a deficit.