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Cal Poly volleyball team loses season finale

The Cal Poly volleyball team ended its first season under head coach Sam Crosson with a three-set loss to second-place Long Beach State at Mott Gym on Saturday.

The Mustangs (4-26) ended Big West Conference play just 3-15 after wrapping up a 0-14 road schedule last week.

Holly Franks had a match-high 14 kills to lead Cal Poly, and teammate Megan McConnell added six kills to go with a team-high 16 digs. Shannon Garrett had 18 assists, and Marianne Gera had four blocks to lead the Mustangs.

For the 49ers (18-11, 13-5 Big West), Chisom Okpala had a team-high 13 kills, and Janisa Johnson added nine kills and a game-high 18 digs. Tara Roenicke had a game-high 36 assists.

It was a trying season for Cal Poly, which lost All-America middle blocker Jennifer Keddy for the year to offseason shoulder surgery. In midseason, starting setter Kate Walters was also lost with a stress fracture.

That was after second-leading hitter Kristina Graven transferred to St. Mary’s upon the ousting of former head coach Jon Stevenson, who died because of an accidental lethal mix of prescription drugs just months after leaving Cal Poly.