SAN LUIS OBISPO – Freshman outside hitter Raeann Greisen led the Cal Poly volleyball program with 27 combined kills on Saturday as the Mustangs closed the inaugural Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament by sweeping both San Jose State (25-19, 25-12, 25-20) and Sacramento State (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) inside Mott Athletics Center.
During Saturday's opener against San Jose State (0-9), Cal Poly (4-4) failed to lead by more than two points until the third of three successive kills by Greisen – who finished with 12 – put the Mustangs up 14-11. Cal Poly added an ensuing 7-2 run to pull away from the Spartans, who failed to close within five points of the Mustang lead down the stretch.
Cal Poly returned in the second set to lead San Jose state wire-wire, using a 12-2 run midway through the game to lead by as much as 20-8. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald enjoyed three kills in the set for Cal Poly, which produced five aces and kept San Jose State to a -.050 hitting mark. The Mustangs, conversely, hit .389 against just three errors in set No. 2.
Game No. 3 produced 12 tied scorelines and five lead changes, the last of which was secured by Cal Poly at 17-16 following a San Jose State attacking error. Greisen added three kills down the stretch before closing the set with her match-best third ace of the day.
During Saturday's second match versus Sacramento State (4-7), neither side led the opening set by more than two points until a Kuber ace placed Cal Poly up 16-13. Sacramento State rallied to record the next four points, but kills from Greisen, Gruenewald and Taylor eventually handed Cal Poly a 19-18 lead. Greisen added two more kills down the stretch as Cal Poly took the first set.
Cal Poly also led the second set against Sacramento State wire-to-wire with the Mustangs opening up a quick 5-1 advantage. The Hornets closed to within two points of the Cal Poly lead just once the remainder of the set as the Mustangs – who hit a match-best .333 against just four errors – led by as much as 18-10.
Trailing 11-9 midway through the third set, Cal Poly – fueled by three Greisen kills – ripped off a 5-0 lead to take the lead for certain. The Hornets eventually tied the third set at 17-17, but two aces from freshman defensive specialist Bailey Roach and one from freshman middle blocker Savannah Niemen helped allow Cal Poly the set and match triumph.
Cal Poly junior libero Nicole Kessler was named ShareSLO Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 5.10 digs per set over three matches. Greisen, who averaged 4.40 kills per set and hit .435, was also named to the all-tournament team alongside Nelson, who posted 6.40 assists per set.
Cal Poly completes a five-match home stand when hosting Northern Illinois on Friday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. and Santa Clara on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.
2014 Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament Results
Mott Athletics Center (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Friday, Sept. 12
Sacramento State 3, San Jose State 2
Cal Poly 3, Bakersfield 1
Saturday, Sept. 13
Sacramento State 3, Bakersfield 1
Cal Poly 3, San Jose State 0
Bakersfield 3, San Jose State 1
Cal Poly 3, Sacramento 0
2014 Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament Team
MVP – Nicole Kessler (CP)
Raeann Greisen (CP)
Taylor Nelson (CP)
Mariah Alvidrez (Bakersfield)
Yavianliz Rosado (SJSU)
Madeline Cannon (SSU)