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September 14, 2011

Road Weary Mustangs Fall to USF in Three

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The road weary Mustangs struggled in a three set loss against the University of San Francisco on Wednesday after playing a match in Eugene the night before. Set scores went 25-16, 25-8 and 25-22.

The Mustangs, playing their fifth match in six days, fall to 4-8 on the year and will return to the court when they host Cal State Bakersfield in the team's 2011 home opener on Sunday at 7 pm in Mott Gym.      

USF dominated the match outhitting the Mustangs .276 to -.019, totaling 40 kills compared to the Mustangs 27. The Dons held a slight advantage in digs, 44-38, but dominated at the net with 12 team blocks to Cal Poly's three.

All American junior Jennifer Keddy was the lone Mustang in double figure kills with 12. Sophomore Kristina Graven was limited to five kills on 26 swings while Molly Pon had five kills on 19 swings. Megan McConnell added three kills.

Lauren Law led the team with 14 digs.

Vendula Strakova led the Dons with 13 kills while Vanentina Zaloznik and Alycia Cox each added seven.

In the first set the Mustangs fell behind 9-5 forcing a timeout, but Cal Poly rallied out of the break to cut the lead 12-10 on a kill by Keddy.

USF responded with three straight points to open a 15-10 lead when Cal Poly was called for a ball handling error forcing a second Mustang timeout.

Out of the timeout the teams traded points with USF maintaining a five point lead.

USF extended its lead to seven (21-14) on a attack error by the Mustangs and a kill by Vendula Strakova.

The Mustangs finally stopped the Dons run on a kill by Megan McConnell whick was baked up by a second point on a block by McConnell and Chelsea Hardin (23-16).

USF won the final two points of the set and closed it out on an ace by Joan Caloiaro.

USF opened up the second set on a 6-0 run forcing a Cal Poly timeout. USF continued its run out of the time out scoring five more points (11-0) before the Mustangs got on the board on a kill by McConnell.

USF expanded on its lead off a kill by Caloiaro to extend the lead to 13 (15-2) with the Mustangs calling its second timeout of the set.

The Dons continued to dominate and held a 19-4 advantage off a kill by Strakova and went on to dominate the set 25-8.

The third set opened with the Mustangs trailing by two (4-2) when they ripped off four straight points and held one or two point advantage through most of the first half of the set.

Cal Poly made the lead four points (13-9) on a kill by Molly Pon forcing a USF timeout.

Out of the break the Mustangs continued to apply pressure with a kill by Keddy, upping the lead to five.

USF cut the lead 15-13 on a pair of attack errors by the Mustangs with Cal Poly calling a timeout.

Cal Poly responded out the timeout with a kill by Graven, but USF scored four of the next five points to tie the set at 17-17.

The teams traded points until USF took a two point advantage (20-18) on a kill by Caloiaro.

The Mustangs rallied on a block by Keddy and Walters to cut the lead to two (23-21) but the teams traded points with USF winning 25-22.