EUGENE, OR – The 16th – ranked Oregon Ducks proved too much for the Mustangs as the host team won in three sets. Set scores went 25-19, 25-22 and 25-17. With the loss the Mustangs fall to 4-7 overall while the Ducks improve to 7-1. Cal Poly returns to the court on Wednesday when the team travels to the University of San Francisco for a match at 6 pm.
Junior Jennifer Keddy would lead the Mustangs with nine kills. Megan McConnelll would add five with Kristina Graven limited to just four kills.
Alaina Bergsma led all players with 14 kills with teammate Katherine Fischer added 13 kills.
Oregon hit .173 for the match compared to Cal Poly's .071. The Ducks held a 57-48 advantage in digs while Oregon had four aces to Cal Poly's none.
Mustangs jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the first set on a kill by Keddy. Cal Poly maintained a 6-5 lead on a kill by Smith and gained a two point advantage (8-6) on a pair of attack errors by the ducks and a block solo by Sara Cawrse.
Oregon took a 12-11 advantage on a kill by Alaina Bergsma. The Mustangs battled back and overtook the Ducks 14-13 on a kill by Chelsea Hardin.
In the back and forth battle Oregon retook the lead 18-16 on a kill by Liz Brenner after the Mustangs had cut the lead to one.
Oregon went on a 5-1 run capped by a kill by Milica Krstojevic to extend its lead 23-17 with Oregon going on to closeout the first set 25-19.
In the set Cal Poly outhit Oregon .250 to .175.
In the second set the Mustangs jump to an 8-5 lead forcing an Oregon timeout. Out of the timeout the Mustangs scored on a kill by Keddy forcing a second Oregon timeout holding a 9-5 lead.
Cal Poly built a 10-5 lead on a Molly Pon kill when Oregon responded with four straight points, cutting the lead to 10-9. The Ducks tied the score 10-10 on a kill by Katherine Fischer.
After trading points, Oregon stretched its lead to 15-13 on a kill by Fischer. The teams traded points, but the Mustangs built a 21-18 lead on a kill by Pon.
But the Ducks battled back to tie the set at 21-21 and took at the lead 22-21 on an attack error by Keddy.
Out of a Cal Poly timeout Keddy tied the score at 22-22 off an assist from Kate Walters but Oregon responded to win the next three points capped by an attack error by Graven to win the second set 25-22.
In the third and final set Oregon jumped to an 8-1 lead and never really looked back. The Mustangs cut the lead at 14-7 on a kill by Megan McConnell, but the Ducks extended the lead to 11 20-9 on an ace by Shellsy Ashen.
The Mustangs would score their final point on a solo block by Graven as the Ducks would score the final two points including the match point on a kill by Fischer.