Posted: Aug 31, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Despite 20 kills by Maia Dvoracek, the Cal Poly women's volleyball team fell in five sets to Utah on Saturday, closing out the University of Utah Tournament inside the Huntsman Center.
Scores for Utah were 26-24, 22-25, 25-16, 22-25 and 15-13.
Cal Poly falls to 0-3 on the year while Utah improved to 3-0 with the win.
Cal Poly hit .124 for the match as Dvoracek notched her 20 kills on 55 attempts with 13 errors. Jamie Stivers and Meredith Phillips each added nine kills for the Mustangs.
Avalon DeNecochea (pictured above) contributed 44 assists, Dvoracek had four service aces and Mika Dickson led the Mustangs with 16 digs.
Utah hit .154 for the match, led by Dani Drews with 20 kills and Kenzie Koerber with 19.
Cal Poly held several one- or two-point leads in the first set, including a 24-22 advantage before Utah reeled off the final four points for the 26-24 win. Dani Drews closed out the set with a kill.
The second set was tied at 21-21 before two kills by DeNecochea and another by Nikki Jackson gave the Mustangs the 25-22 triumph.
Cal Poly sprinted to a 7-2 lead in the third set before Utah bounded back, overtaking the Mustangs at 13-12 on a kill by Koerber and never looking back en route to the 25-16 win.
Cal Poly tied the match again at 2-2 with a 25-22 victory in the fourth set. DeNecochea broke a 13-13 tie with a kill and Cal Poly opened up a 20-13 advantage. Madilyn Mercer forced the fifth set with a kill.
Cal Poly battled back from an early 5-1 deficit in the deciding set, tying the score at 12-12 on a Utah attack error, but Koerber notched two kills and Dani Drews finished off the Mustangs with a kill of her own.
Cal Poly will host the inaugural ShareSLO Mustang Challenge on Thursday through Saturday inside Mott Athletics Center. Coach Caroline Walters' Mustangs host North Texas on Thursday at 7 p.m., Wichita State on Friday at 7 o'clock and San Jose State on Saturday at 6.