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Mustangs Finish Homewood Suites Classic With 3-1 Defeat of Oregon St.

Mustangs Finish Homewood Suites Classic With 3-1 Defeat of Oregon St.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Cal Poly volleyball team wrapped up the Homewood Suites UNC/CSU Volleyball Classic with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-15) victory over Oregon State Saturday from Moby Arena on the campus of Colorado State.

The Mustangs (7-5) had five players with more than five kills in the match. Junior outside hitter Maia Dvoracek finished with 12 kills, nine digs and six blocks. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Nicole Cavote had a career-high 12 kills, hitting .259. Junior middle blocker Madilyn Mercer added nine kills, hitting .438 and a season-high 10 blocks. Freshman opposite Kendra Ham, who got her first start of the season, finished with a career-high seven kills. Sophomore middle blocker Meredith Phillips added six kills to go along with three blocks. Sophomore setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out 36 assists and senior defensive specialist Mika Dickson served up a season-high four aces.

As a team, Cal Poly held the Beavers (6-5) to an .081 hitting percentage for the match while hitting .243. The Mustangs also led in blocks (16 to 12), digs (43 to 36), kills (49 to 42), aces (7 to 1), and assists (46 to 39).

The first set was tight throughout. Neither team held a lead larger than three until, tied at 8, Oregon State went on a 7-3 run to take a 15-11 lead. Leading 17-14, the Beavers used a 5-2 run to go up 22-16. Cal Poly fought back with a 7-1 run of its own to tie it at 23. However, two straight points by Oregon State then gave them the 25-23 win.

The Mustangs came out to start the second set by scoring the first five points. Later, with Cal Poly leading 7-3, the Beavers used a 4-1 run to cut the lead to one. Tied at 13, the Mustangs scored three straight points to regain the lead before OSU cut it to one again at 18-17. Cal Poly was able to pull away thanks to a 5-2 to go up 23-21. Two straight points by the Beavers made it 23-21 but a kill followed by an ace by the Mustangs sealed the set 25-21.

Cal Poly played its strongest set of the match in the third. The Mustangs hit .375 while holding OSU to a -.034 hitting percentage. Tied at 4, Cal Poly went on a 11-2 run to go ahead 15-6. The Mustangs led by as much as 10 points, never letting the Beavers get closer than within seven points and went on to win the set 25-15.

The fourth set was back-and-forth early. However, tied at 10, Cal Poly rattled off six straight points to go up 16-10. The Beavers then cut the lead to three at 16-13 before the Mustangs once again scored six straight point to take a commanding 22-13 lead. Thanks to holding Oregon State to a negative hitting percentage for the second straight set, Cal Poly went on to win 25-15 to complete the victory.

The Mustangs end the tournament with a 2-1 record and finish non-conference play with a 7-5, having won four of their last five matches and have gone 7-2 since losing their first three matches of the season.

Cal Poly will now get ready to open Big West play at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Long Beach State. Over the last two seasons, the Mustangs have gone 31-1 in conference matches.