SAN LUIS OBISPO – Freshman outside hitter Raeann Greisen (right) finished with a team-leading 17 kills, but the Cal Poly volleyball program – after squaring Friday's match versus UC Irvine with a second-set victory – led just once more the remainder of the evening and dropped a 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15 decision inside Mott Athletics Center.
Freshman setter Taylor Nelson chalked up 33 assists for the Mustangs (8-13, 3-8), who held UC Irvine (16-9, 6-4) to a .254 hitting mark, but committed 29 errors themselves in suffering a third successive home defeat.
Cal Poly returns to the court and wraps a two-match home stand when facing Cal State Fullerton (7-16, 1-9) on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Cal Poly, which hit a match-leading .303 against just five errors in set No. 1, faced a 16-11 deficit before utilizing two kills apiece from junior outside hitter Hannah Schleis and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald to forge an 8-3 run and deadlock the scoreline. Kills from Gruenewald and Nelson and two from freshman middle blocker Caihla Petiprin then placed Cal Poly up 23-22, but the Mustangs conceded four of the final five points and the opening game.
The Mustangs evened the match in set No. 2 by claiming the last of four lead changes at 16-15 with a Gruenewald kill. Cal Poly then produced a 7-2 run en route to the game victory.
Despite leading just once in the third set, Cal Poly never trailed by more than three points until an 8-3 run by the Anteaters broke a 12-12 tie. The Mustangs eventually closed to a 20-19 deficit, but secured just one point the remainder of the game.
Despite six kills from Greisen in set No. 4, Cal Poly failed to lead at any point.
Junior libero Nicole Kessler added a match-best 16 digs for the Mustangs.