Pacific Women's Volleyball: Pacific's Road Trip Starts With A Tough 3-1 Loss At Cal Poly
Hitting the road for their final four matches of the year, the Pacific women's volleyball team started their trip with a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to Cal Poly on the road on Friday, November 12. The loss dropped the Tigers to .500 in the conference as they fell to 7-7 in the Big West and 16-11 on the year while the Mustangs improved to 10-4 in the conference and 20-7 overall.
Game scores for the match were: 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22.
In a match that could have gone either way if not for a couple of plays in the final two games, the Tigers found themselves on the wrong side of the momentum late that game Cal Poly the match.
Outside of the first two games in which both teams traded 25-20 victories, the match came down to the final two games of the night where the Mustangs were able to take advantage of Pacific's mistakes to take the match. In the third game, Pacific battled back from three down late at 21-18 to know the game at 23-23 sparked by their freshman Siga Appelgatewho posted a two of her four kills during the run. However, with a chance to take possession of game point, the Tigers missed a crucial opportunity in the match with an attack error on an over pass. The Mustangs would put the game away on the next serve.
In game four, the Tigers took an early five point advantage on the Mustangs with a 12-7 lead led by Appelgate and senior Svenja Engelhardt. The duo each posted three kills in the early part of the game to get the Tigers started. However, a 4-0 run put the Mustangs back into the game. From their five tie scores and three lead changes put the game and the match into a free-for-all with the Mustangs finally putting Pacific away after the Tigers committed three attack errors in the final four points of the match.
Despite the offensive struggles, the Tigers played solid defense throughout the match as Pacific totaled 78 digs led by their sophomore setter Hannah Clancy who posted a career-high 22 digs. Clancy totaled 10 digs through the first two games to get her team-leading 14th double-double of the year as she finished the match with 41 assists and 13 digs. Engelhardt posted her 12th double-double of the year as she tallied a team-high 14 kills while tallying 13 digs. However, Engelhardt struggled throughout the night as the senior committed 10 errors on 46 attempts to hit just .087. Appelgate hit .250 on the night for the Tigers as the freshman finished her evening with a career-high 13 kills on 28 attacks. Junior Rebekah Torres posted 21 digs in the match, one off of Clancy's team high.
The Mustangs were led by their sophomore middle Jennifer Keddy who posted a match-high 15 kills while committing just three errors in 34 swings to hit .353. Three other Mustangs reached double-figures as Catie Smith posted 13 while Kristina Graven had 11 and B=Dominique Olowolafe tallied 10. Graven, who had just one kill through the first two games, finished with a double-double in the match as she added 15 digs to go along with her 11 kills. Alison Mort, Cal Poly's starting Libero, posted a match-high 23 digs while Lauren Law added 11. As a team the Mustangs outhit the Tigers .194-to-.136.
The Tigers will look to rebound on Saturday, November 13, when they travel to Santa Barbara to take on the UCSB Gauchos. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm from the Thunderdome.