San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Ending their two game road trip on the Central Coast, the Pacific women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of Cal Poly on Saturday, October 1. The loss dropped the Tigers to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the Big West while the Mustangs improved to 7-10 on the year and 2-2 in conference play.
Game scores for the match were: 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.
Playing their second match in hostile territory in as many nights, the Tigers suffered a setback to their quest for the Big West crown as the Mustangs used a nearly unstoppable attack to take home their second straight sweep of the weekend. For the match, the Tigers hit a conference season-high of .270 with a blanaced attack that featured four players reach double-figures. However, the Mustangs were able to ride a career-night from their junior Jennifer Keddy to the sweep as Keddy posted 21 kills on a stunning .541 hitting percentage to lead the Mustangs to a team percentage of .421. The All-American middle blocker committed just one error on the night, a hitting error on her first attack of game three, while taking 37 swings at Pacific's defense. Additionally, Keddy added eight digs and four blocks to round out her night.
For all three games of the night the script appeared the same as the two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first part of the frame before Cal Poly jumped ahead of the Tigers late to capture the game. In each game, Cal Poly used a small run to put Pacific behind before closing out the Tigers by siding out.
Overall, the Tigers saw strong efforts across the board led by their sophomores Jennifer Sanders and Megan Birch and their junior captain Gabby Cowden. For Sanders, the sophomore tallied a team-high 11 kills and made just two errors, both coming in game three, to finish with a .375 hitting percentage. Moved to the right-side midway through the match, Sanders showed off her defensive prowess as well as she recorded a career-high six digs as well. For Birch and Cowden the duo posted 10 kills a piece with Cowden posting a season-high .643 hitting percentage after posting just one error in 14 swings. Senior Samantha Misa also added 10 swings on 35 attacks, but added seven errors to hit .086.
With Keddy swinging away at the Tiger defense, the Mustangs were able to open up their offense at the pins allowing Kristina Graven to post 14 kills on a .481 hitting percentage. Just behind the duo was Molly Pon who posted nine kills on 27 attacks while Catie Smith added seven kills and no errors on 14 swings to go along with four blocks.
Pacific will be back in action on Friday, October 7 back home at the Alex G. Spanos Center when Cal State Northridge comes to town to continue Big West Conference action. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.