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Volleyball Wins Five Set Thriller over UCSB

Volleyball Wins Five Set Thriller over UCSB

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – It took Cal Poly five sets and two players recording double-doubles to defeat conference leading UC Santa Barbara in a Big West Conference match on Wednesday in Mott Gym. Set scores went 25-13, 17-25, 25-16, 29-31 and 15-13 as the Mustangs improve to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in conference play while UCSB falls to 11-8 and 4-2. 

The Mustangs will return to the court on Thursday when they host Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference match in Mott Gym.

The Mustangs remained perfect at home (4-0) with the win. 

Jennifer Keddy tied her career-high in kills with 21 and setting a new career-high in digs with 17 while senior Catie Smith recorded 12 kills and 18 digs in upsetting UC Santa Barbara in five sets.

Keddy's kills came on 46 swings with just two attack errors hitting .413 for the match. Graven hit .291 with just two errors. 

Sophomore Kristina Graven added 18 kills while junior Molly Pon tallied 12.

Lauren Law led the team with 25 digs with Kate Walters dishing out 52 assists and adding 17 digs. 

UCSB was led by Leah Sully with 16 kills with Kara Sherrard adding 14. Libero Chelsey Lowe tallied 32 digs with Sully chipping in with 25.

Cal Poly hit .294 for the match compared to .157 for the Gauchos. UCSB recorded eight aces to Cal Poly's two and had 94 digs to 90 for the Mustangs. 

Cal Poly held the advantage at the net, 11-2, in blocks led by Keddy with five assisted blocks and Smith with four assisted blocks and one solo.

The Mustangs opened the match hitting .308 and pulling away 25-13 in the first set with Graven leading the way with five kills. 

The second set was all UCSB as Sully led the team with five kills with the team hitting .394 in the 25-17 win..

The Mustangs rebounded in the third set, pounding UCSB 25-16 behind six kills by Pon as the team hit .346. 

The fourth set was a battle with 21 tie scores and 10 lead changes in the 31-29 Gaucho win. Cal Poly had five match points they surrendered. Keddy had nine kills in the set with Sully leading the Gauchos with seven.

In the deciding set there were four ties and two lead changes as the Mustangs hit .333 compared to the Gauchos hit .167. In the final set it was Smith who came up big for the Mustangs with four kills as the team committed only one attack error in the set. Law had nine digs alone in the set.