VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNEY WITH 2-1 RECORD AFTER LOSS AT CAL POLY

VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNEY WITH 2-1 RECORD AFTER LOSS AT CAL POLY

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Raeann Greisen had a match-best 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage to lead Cal Poly to a three-set sweep (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) of Sacramento State in the third and final round of the Cal Poly ShareSLO Volleyball Tournament on Saturday evening.

With the loss, the Hornets, who beat San Jose State and CSU Bakersfield on Friday evening and Saturday morning, respectively, finished the tournament with a 2-1 record and a second place finish at the four-team event. In addition, sophomore middle blocker Madeline Cannon was named all-tournament for the second time this year after finishing with averages of 2.42 kills and 1.33 blocks per set to go along with a .348 hitting percentage.

Sacramento State dropped to 4-7 overall, but improved in a number of areas during the tournament. The Hornets finished the tourney with averages of 3.08 blocks and 2.17 aces per set after struggling in both categories during the first eight matches of the season. In fact, after failing to record more than eight team blocks in any of the first eight matches, the Hornets tallied 16.0, 13.0 and 8.0 team blocks, respectively, during tourney play.

"We really started playing well as a team this weekend, and I was very happy with our progress," Sacramento State head coach Ruben Volta said of his team which features a school-record eight freshmen. "We literally improved in all areas of the game, played better defense and really competed."

The Hornets kept things close with Cal Poly (4-4) tonight despite playing short-handed. Midway through the first set, Sacramento State starting outside hitter and team captain Sloan Lovett went down with an ankle injury, and did not return. Lovett was playing well at the time with four kills and a .300 hitting percentage. In addition, Morgan Stanley, who is usually a full-rotation outside hitter, played just the back row while battling an injury. Together, Lovett and Stanley formed one of the better outside hitter duos in the Big Sky Conference last season.

Still, Sacramento State had chances, nearly winning the first set, and trailing 20-19 in the third frame before Cal Poly finished on a 5-2 run. The Hornets finished the match with 31 kills, five aces, 41 digs, 8.0 team blocks and a .163 hitting percentage. Sacramento State had a tough time with Cal Poly's serve as the Mustangs finished with 10 aces despite the match lasting just three sets. Cal Poly also had 41 kills and hit .260.

The Hornets were led by true freshman Shannon Boyle, who had 10 kills, four digs, four blocks and a .241 hitting percentage. Boyle, who has played on the right side all season, was moved to the left side after Lovett's injury and responded by playing well. No other Hornet finished with more than five kills. Lovett had four kills, one ace, one dig, a block and a .300 hitting percentage before she went down with the ankle injury.

Cannon finished with four kills, an ace, five digs and team-high five blocks. Lexie Skalbeck led the Hornets with 10 digs and setter Kennedy Kurtz had three kills in three swings, 26 assists, six digs and a team-high two aces. Kurtz now has 17 aces this season, four more than any other Hornet.

Sacramento State returns to action on Tuesday for a home match against rival UC Davis at 7 p.m. The Hornets and Aggies have played 70 times in their long-standing rivalry with Sacramento State owning a 50-20 record in the series.