LONG BEACH STATE – Freshman outside hitter Raeann Greisen recorded her team-best 18th double-digit kill total of 2014 with 17 on Friday evening, but the Cal Poly volleyball program dropped a 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 decision to No. 20 Long Beach State in an ESPN3-broadcasted contest inside Walter Pyramid.
Freshman setter Taylor Nelson (right) finished with a match-leading 38 assists and Greisen added a .316 hitting percentage for Cal Poly (9-14, 4-9), but the Mustangs – who led just once during the match – conceded a .333 team hitting mark to the Big West Conference-leading 49ers (21-4, 11-0).
Long Beach State jumped out to a 15-9 lead in set No. 1, but the Mustangs – keyed by three kills by junior outside hitter Hannah Schleis and two from sophomore middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald – compiled a 10-4 run to deadlock the set at 19-19. However, Long Beach State – which hit a match-best .419 in the set – recorded six of the final seven points to win the game.
Trailing 5-1 early in set No. 2, Cal Poly recovered and, backed by four Greisen kills, eventually grabbed a 13-12 advantage. A kill by Long Beach State outside hitter Alex Reid on the next point squared the set and Cal Poly kept pace with the 49ers down the stretch by forcing three more tied scorelines. Trailing 24-22, Cal Poly received a Greisen kill, but Long Beach State sneaked by the Mustangs on the next point with a kill from opposite Anete Brinke.
Into the third set, Long Beach State ran out to a 12-5 advantage and Cal Poly failed to move within five points of the 49er lead the remainder of the set.
Freshman middle blocker Caihla Petiprin chipped in with seven kills for Cal Poly, which plays its final road match of 2014 at CSUN on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Photo by Paul Brennamen