HONOLULU – Middle blockers Taylor Gruenewald and Caihla Petiprin (right) co-led the Cal Poly volleyball program with eight kills apiece, but the Mustangs – after dropping the opening two sets and conceding a 22-19 lead in game No. 3 – fell versus Hawai'i inside the Stan Sheriff Center Friday evening, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22.
Petiprin also hit a team-leading .389 for Cal Poly (7-11, 2-6), which received 10 serving errors from second-place Hawai'i (13-5, 5-2), but allowed a .433 hitting percentage to the Rainbow Wahine against just 12 errors.
During Friday's opening set which featured eight tied scorelines, the Rainbow Wahine grabbed the last of five lead changes at 12-11 on a kill from outside hitter Tai Manu-Olevao. The Rainbow Wahine then secured the next five points to outdistance Cal Poly.
In the second set, Cal Poly held a slim early lead before Hawai'i used a 6-0 run to snatch a 10-5 advantage. Aided by three successive Hawai'i attacking errors, Cal Poly was able to close to within two points at 13-11. The Rainbow Wahine, however, chalked up the next four points en route to the two-set lead.
The Mustangs rebounded in set No. 3 to lead by as much as 15-12 following one of freshman Raeann Greisen's seven kills, 21-18 after a Hawai'i hitting error and 22-19 on a Rainbow Wahine serving miscue. The hosts, however, recovered with a 4-0 run to take the lead after three successive Cal Poly hitting miscues. Two kills later, Hawai'i produced the match triumph.
Cal Poly continues its three-match road trip when visiting UC Riverside on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.