NORTHRIDGE – Freshman outside hitter Raeann Greisen led the Cal Poly volleyball program with 11 kills Saturday evening, but the Mustangs conceded a .393 team hitting percentage to CSUN inside the Matadome and dropped a 25-15, 25-20, 25-17 decision.
Freshman setter Taylor Nelson added 26 assists and junior libero Nicole Kessler (right) enjoyed a match-leading 12 digs for Cal Poly (9-15, 4-10), which hit .160 and forced CSUN (16-8, 7-5) into just eight total hitting errors.
CSUN led Saturday's first set from the start, opening up a 13-5 lead and committing just four hitting errors to keep Cal Poly at bay. A shared block by middle blockers Taylor Gruenewald and Caihla Petiprin allowed Cal Poly to move within four points of CSUN at 16-12, but the Mustangs closed to within four points of the Matadors just once the remainder of the set.
Cal Poly responded in set No. 2 by opening up an early 4-2 lead and, despite CSUN tying the scoreline on six separate occasions, the Mustangs still maintained a 12-10 lead. A 5-0 run by the Matadors, however, allowed CSUN to overtake Cal Poly. The Mustangs closed in on CSUN at 19-18 following a Hannah Schleis kill, but the Matadors completed the set with a 5-2 run.
Into the third set, Cal Poly earned the opening point before CSUN claimed the next five to take the lead for certain. The Matadors failed to commit a hitting error in set No. 3.
Cal Poly closes the regular season with a two-match home stand, beginning with a Saturday, Nov. 22 match versus Hawai'i at 7 p.m.