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August 27, 2011

Cal Poly Upset of No. 20 San Diego Falls Short

FRESNO, Calif. – The Mustangs attempt to come back from a 2-1 deficit for the second straight match fell short as 20th –ranked San Diego prevailed in five sets to defeat the Mustangs in the second day of competition at the Fresno Classic on Saturday. Set scores went 25-22, 17-25, 25-12, 21-25 and 16-14.

With the loss Cal Poly falls to 1-1 on the season and will play Long Island in the afternoon match later today. San Diego improved to 2-0.

Junior Jennifer Keddy led the team for the second straight match with a team-high 13 kills while adding six total blocks (3 solo). Sophomore Kristina Graven tallied her second straight double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs.

Freshman Shannon Garrett, making her fist start as a Mustang, dished out 47 assists while adding six digs.

Catie Smith added 11 kills in the loss with libero Lauren Law contributing 13 digs.

San Diego had four players record double figure in kills led by Amber Tatsch with 17. Chloe Ferrari and Katie Hoekman each contributed 14 with Carrie Baird chipping in with 12.

Cal Poly as a team hit .194 with three aces, six solo blocks and 12 assisted blocks while San Diego hit .230 with one ace, four solo blocks and 15 assisted blocks.

In the decisive fifth set Cal Poly opened by taking the first point on a kill by Chelsea Hardin. But after six ties the Mustangs opened a two point advantage (8-6) on a kill by Keddy.

The Mustangs stretched the lead to three on four occasions with the final setting up match point (14-11) when Graven put away a kill.

That would be the last point the Mustangs would score as San Diego scored the next five points and won the match on an assisted block by Rachel Alvey and Shelby Stabb.