SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly volleyball team rallied against Long Beach State but couldn't hold on, as it lost to the No. 1 team in the conference, 3-1 Saturday night in Mott Athletics Center.
Undefeated in the Big West Conference, Long Beach State beat the Mustangs in a four-set match Homecoming weekend, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, putting Cal Poly at 13-7 overall and 6-3 in the conference.
The Mustangs fought hard in the first set, tying up the score four times while also having four lead changes. Cal Poly put up 18 kills in the first set compared to LBSU's 17.
The second set turned around for the Mustangs, as they only let the 49ers take the lead once, although the teams did tie up the score six different times. The Mustangs boasted a .311 attack percentage in set two, while the 49ers had a .256 attack percentage.
Set three started out neck and neck, as the Mustangs tied the score eight different times while having seven lead changes. After the Mustangs tied the score 12-12, LBSU took the lead for the rest of the set.
The Mustangs fought hard all of set four, tying the score up 15 times and having six different lead changes. At 21-21, LBSU took then took the lead and then took the set.
Sophomore Alexis Clewis led the team in kills while also setting her season and career high with 20 (.405). Clewis is now one of only three Mustangs to boast over 200 kills this season.
Sophomore Adlee Van Winden also had 20 kills (.326), adding to the team's overall 63.
Junior Taylor Nelson, the Big West's leader in assists, led the team with 49 of the team's total 58.
Sophomore Katherine Brouker led the team in digs with 20 of the team's overall 59.
Cal Poly had five total blocks, while three came from junior Savannah Niemen and three from Clewis.
The Mustangs had an overall .236 attack percentage compared to the 49ers .351.
Cal Poly will be back in action Friday Oct. 28 to take on UCSB for the Blue-Green Rivalry in Mott Athletics Center.