DAVIS – Freshman outside hitter Raeann Greisen (right) led the Cal Poly volleyball program with 12 kills and middle blockers Taylor Gruenewald and Caihla Petiprin produced nine kills apiece, but the Mustangs – after winning set No. 2 versus UC Davis – conceded the next two games and a 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-16 decision to the Aggies inside The Pavilion.
Petiprin also hit a team-leading .353 while freshman setter Taylor Nelson recorded a match-best 36 assists for Cal Poly (8-12, 3-7), which outblocked UC Davis (12-11, 7-3) 11-9, but was held to a .183 team hitting mark while allowing a .320 figure to the Aggies.
In set No. 1, Cal Poly recorded the opening point of the match through a Greisen kill. UC Davis, however, chalked up four of the ensuing five points and led for the entirety of the game. The Mustangs closed within a point of UC Davis just once down the stretch.
Cal Poly recovered in set No. 2 to grab three of the first four points and, fueled by three kills from Greisen and two by Gruenewald, led by as much as 16-11. Cal Poly, which trailed just once in the set and never by more than two points, hit a match-best .478 against just two errors.
The Mustangs continued the pressure on UC Davis into the third set, utilizing three successive Aggie hitting errors and an ace from sophomore Anna Gorman to run out to a 6-1 advantage. Thrice UC Davis crept within two points of Cal Poly's lead until two kills from Aggie junior outside hitter Kaylin Squyres tied the set at 11-11. Kills from freshman outside hitter Casey Carroll, Greisen and Gruenewald allowed Cal Poly to momentarily hold off UC Davis, but the Aggies eventually overtook the Mustangs at 18-17. UC Davis then finished the set with a 7-2 run.
After holding an early 7-3 lead in set No. 4, Cal Poly conceded an 8-0 run and failed to recover despite tying the scoreline at 11-11. UC Davis finished the match on a 14-5 run.
Cal Poly opens a two-match home stand when welcoming UC Irvine to Mott Athletics Center on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.