Cal Poly’s volleyball team remained on a roll Saturday with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-16 Big West Conference win over UC Irvine at Mott Gym.
Cal Poly (17-6, 7-3 Big West) has won 15 of its past 18 matches by taking down the Anteaters (6-16, 1-8).
The Mustangs improved from their offensive performance Friday against Cal State Northridge (they hit .174) by hitting .282 against UC Irvine.
The Mustangs held Irvine to a .157 kill percentage, and Juliane Piggott (10 kills) was the only Anteater with double-figure kills.
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Jennifer Keddy hit .542 and led the Mustangs with 14 kills. Holly Franks also had a solid game, hitting .500 with seven kills.
Kristina Graven had 11 kills for the Mustangs.
Sarah Cawrse handed out 40 assists for Cal Poly and had 12 digs, while Alison Mort had a team-high 22 digs.
Peter Kline finished the Malibu Invitational in impressive fashion a day after setting the top time in the nation for the 400 individual medley.
The senior finished with nine event wins in the sprint and medium distance events on the second day of the two-day invitational at Pepperdine University. Kline won the 50 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 freestyle.
Konrad Antoniuk placed second behind his teammate in the 200 butterfly, the 200 backstroke and the 200 freestyle.
Gloria Benefield did her best to match Kline on the women’s side, adding five wins of her own — the 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle.
Without Kline to take all the event wins, the women spread around the success. Amy Morales (50 backstroke), Kelsey Engle (50 freestyle), Amanda Maffris (200 butterfly), Katrina Anderson (200 backstroke) and Angie Haven (200 backstroke) all claimed victories for the Mustangs.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Saddleback 7, Cuesta 6; Ventura 7, Cuesta 6
The Cougars (11-6) are 1-5 in one-goal games after dropping a pair of 7-6 games at the Long Beach Tournament.
In the early game, Cuesta lost to Saddleback, despite scoring three in the fourth period to narrow a 6-3 deficit. Julia Tartarian scored with 18 seconds left to pull the Cougars within 7-2, and then stole the ball with eight seconds left but did not have enough time to get up another shot for the tie.
In the second game, Cuesta found itself in a similar situation. Tied 6-6 with Ventura, the Cougars had a chance to win the with under a minute to go, but Erin Hasenkamp’s shot with 28 seconds left hit the crossbar. Then, Ventura’s Samantha Ebberson scored with just eight seconds left to break the tie and give the Cougars their second heartbreaking loss of the day.
Alex O’Connor and Julia Tartarian led the Cougars with four goals on the day.
At the Stanford-hosted ITA Northwest Regional women’s tennis championship, Cal Poly freshman Jennifer Cornea and sophomore Alexa Lee stayed alive in the singles bracket to advance to the round of 32.
The doubles team of Lee and junior Amy Markhoff moved into the final 16 teams.
Lee defeated UC Davis’ Nicole Koehly 6-2, 6-1 and Cornea dispatched fellow Aggie Kelly Chui 6-3, 6-4.
Lee will face eighth-seeded Annie Goransson of Cal, and Cornea has Kelly Lamble of Santa Clara. Both matches begin at 9 a.m. today.
On the doubles side, Lee paired with Markhoff and enjoyed a bye before defeating Washington State’s Elisabeth Fournier and Lea Jansen 8-4.