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Cal Poly Falls to No. 8 Hawai’i in Final Home Match of 2015 Season

Cal Poly Falls to No. 8 Hawai’i in Final Home Match of 2015 Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly produced the early lead in each set, but No. 8 Hawai'i rebounded to sweep the Mustangs in a Big West Conference women's volleyball match Thursday night before 1,857 in the Mott Athletics Center.

The Rainbow Wahine earned 25-17, 25-19 and 25-18 decisions to stretch their winning streak to 20 matches and improve to 25-1 on the season and a perfect 15-0 in Big West matches.

Cal Poly, despite eight kills from Raeann Greissen (pictured above), fell to 19-7 and 11-4.

Cal Poly hit at a .038 percentage for the match while Hawai'i hit at a .234 clip, led by Nikki Taylor with 15 kills and Olivia Magill with 12.

Taylor Higgins produced 29 assists while Savanah Kahakai contributed 15 digs for the Rainbow Wahine.

Mustang Taylor Nelson recorded 18 assists while Nicole Kessler, one of three Mustangs playing their final home match, notched 16 digs.

Kessler, Maddie Kuber and Hannah Schleis were honored in a pre-match ceremony.

Cal Poly held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the first set before Hawai'i turned things around quickly. The Rainbow Wahine opened up a 13-7 advantage and never led by less than five points on their way to the 25-17 triumph.

Coach Sam Crosson's Mustangs scored the first two points of the second set on Hawai'i attack errors, but once again the Rainbow Wahine turned things in their favor, scoring eight unanswered points for an 8-2 lead and sprinting to a 15-3 advantage on the way to the 25-19 triumph.

Cal Poly led the final set 11-10 on a kill by Schleis before Hawai'i went on a 7-1 run to regain control. A kill by Taylor capped the run and the Rainbow Wahine withstood a late Mustang run for the 25-18 win, scoring the final five points of the clinching set.

Hawai'i clinched the Big West championship last week, its third title in the last four seasons since rejoining the league in 2012 and the Rainbow Wahine's 20th title in the last 21 seasons.

Cal Poly plays its final match of the 2015 regular season next Tuesday at UC Davis.