Sep 13, 2013 12:13 AM
BERKELEY, Calif. - A hot hitting California Golden Bear volleyball team handed the Mustangs a 3-0 loss in the team's first match of the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational hosted by Cal. With the loss the Mustangs fall to 4-3 while the 23rd-ranked Bears improved to 6-0. Tournament play will continue on Saturday when the Mustangs take on Kansas State at 4:30 pm.
Cal hit .421 in the three set match while the Mustangs hit .145. Cal held a 10 dig advantage (45-35) over the Mustangs and had eight total blocks to Cal Poly's three.
Senior Megan McConnell led the Mustangs with nine kills on 30 swings while true freshman Taylor Gruenewald tallied eight kills on 17 swings (.412). Seniors Jennifer Keddy and Chelsea Hardin each added seven kills.
Senior Kate Walters led the team with 10 digs with sophomore Maddie Kuber dishing out 31 assists.
Cal was led by Adrienne Gehan with 16 kills with Christina Higgins adding 10 kills.
In the first set, Cal rattled off three-straight points for an 8-4 advantage with the Mustangs calling timeout. Out of the break, Cal maintained its advantage until the Bears gained a 19-11 lead and put away the Mustangs, 25-15, to win the first set. In the set Cal hit .633 while the Mustangs hit .242.
In the second set Cal moved out to a fast start with a 5-0 lead before Cal Poly got on the scoreboard with a McConnell kill. Cal Poly went on a 4-0 run (15-12) behind three kills by McConnell forcing a Cal timeout. Cal Poly pulled to within one, 16-15, on an attack error by Cal before the Bears scored four-straight points (20-15). Cal Poly made a run late in the set when Cal's lead was cut to one (22-21), but Cal would close out the set, 25-22. Cal hit .263 in the set and limited the Mustangs to a .116 hitting percentage.
Cal moved out to a 10-5 lead to open the third set when the Mustangs went on a 4-1 run to pull within two (11-9). Cal responded with a 5-0 run (16-9) with the Mustangs calling timeout. Cal kept the pressure on and finished the set, 25-16, and the match.
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