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VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO EVENTUAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPION CAL POLY

VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO EVENTUAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPION CAL POLY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Cal Poly finished tournament play with a perfect 3-0 record and was crowned tourney champions after defeating the Hornets, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-16), in the third and final round of the 14th annual Sacramento State Invitational on Saturday evening at Colberg Court.

The Mustangs (7-4 overall) defeated Grand Canyon, Nevada and Sacramento State over the two-day tournament while Nevada finished 2-1, the Hornets 1-2 and Grand Canyon 0-3. The Hornets (6-8 overall), who lost in four sets to Nevada last night, swept Grand Canyon earlier this afternoon.

Below is the all-tournament team, which includes Hornet junior outside hitter Shannon Boyle, who finished the tourney with averages of 3.40 kills and 2.50 digs per set. For box scores from all six matches of the tournament, please click here.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Co-MVP – Taylor Gruenewald (Cal Poly)
Co-MVP – Raeann Greisen (Cal Poly)
Taylor Nelson (Cal Poly)
Madison Foley (Nevada)
Kathryn Groenweghe (Nevada)
Shannon Boyle (Sacramento State)
Heidi Carpenter (Grand Canyon)

In this evening's loss to Cal Poly, the Mustangs had healthy advantages over the Hornets in kills (45-36), hitting percentage (.300-.191), assists (43-33), aces (8-0) and digs (51-44). The Mustangs hit at least .250 in all three sets and never trailed in both the first and third frames. The Hornets' largest lead was 5-3 early in the second set.

The Hornets posted season lows in kills (36) and aces (0), and did not have a player finish with double figures in kills.

Sacramento State outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti had nine kills, seven digs and a .304 hitting percentage while playing just the second and third sets. Morgan Stanley had seven kills and a .294 hitting percentage, and middle blocker Courtney Dietrich had five kills and a .364 hitting percentage.

Setter Kennedy Kurtz posted 30 assists and nine digs, and Brigitte Murdock, who played the final two sets at libero, finished with six digs. True freshman Paige Swinney had eight digs, Madeline Cannon finished with six kills, and Boyle had four kills and five digs.

Cal Poly was led by Adlee Van Winden's 17 kills while Katherine Brouker chipped in 17 digs.

This evening marked the final non-conference match of the season for the Hornets as the team opens Big Sky Conference play next week on the road at Weber State on Friday and Idaho State on Saturday.