Volleyball Falls in Five to Conference Leading Long Beach State

Volleyball Falls in Five to Conference Leading Long Beach State

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Mott magic ran out Friday night as the Cal Poly volleyball team lost in five sets to conference leading Long Beach State in front of 1,317 fans. For the Mustangs it was the team's first loss at home this season. With the loss Cal Poly falls to 9-12 overall and 4-4 in Big West contest while Long Beach State improves to 13-6 overall and 7-2 in conference matches.

Set scores went 25-22, 21-25, 18-25, 25-19 and 20-18.

The Mustangs will return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 22 when the team will host Cal State Fullerton in Mott Gym at 7 pm.

Juniors Jennifer Keddy and Molly Pon each recorded career-highs in the match while a total of four Mustangs reached double figures in kills.

Keddy set her new high of 27 kills came on 45 swings with just three errors. Pon set a career-high of 16 kills while sophomore Kristina Graven tallied 19 kills and Catie Smith 10.

Long Beach State had five players with 10 or more kills led by Haleigh Hampton with 20 kills with Caitlin Ledoux added 16 and Bre Mackie 15.

Senior Lauren Law led the team with 19 digs with Keddy adding 14 earning her fourth double-double in a row and her fifth of the season. Graven recorded 11 digs while setter Kate Walters had 11 to go along with her career-high 64 assists.

Cal Poly hit .359 for the match while LBSU hit .312, but held a 13-8 advantage blocks. The Mustangs tallied 68 digs while the 49ers recorded 54. 

Smith led the Mustangs with five assisted blocks while Hampton and Alma Serna each recorded two solo and four assisted blocks to lead Long Beach State.

With the Mustangs holding a 2-1 advantage in sets, it looked as if Cal Poly was in control of the fourth set holding an 18-13 lead when Long Beach State went on a 12-1 run to win set and tie the match. 

In the fifth and deciding set it was a back and fourth battle between the teams with the score tied 13 times and with the lead changing five times.

Cal Poly and Long Beach State each had three match points in the fifth set with the final point won by LBSU when Tyler Jackson served up an ace to win the match.