Cal Poly Volleyball dropped three sets to one against Utah Valley on Monday, Aug. 29 at Lockhart Arena.
The Mustangs (0-3) are yet to find a win early in the season and Wolverine’s victory (1-3) earns them their first victory at the start of the 2022 campaign.
Cal Poly started the first set with a lead until the Wolverines went on a 6-1 run to go up 9-5. That deficit was never recovered for the Mustangs, as the Cal Poly closest to the set was 18-15 before a 25-18 loss.
The Mustangs took a slight lead in the second set at 8-7 and went on a 4-1 run to make it 12-8. Wolverines bounce back with their own 5-1 run to level at 13-13 halfway through the second set. The set was back and forth before it was all settled at 21-21. The Mustangs scored twice more to make it 23-21, putting them two points shy of a set win and a draw.
However, Utah Valley did not collapse without a fight. Wolverines tied him at 24-24, then senior All-American right hitter Maia Dvoracek and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tommi Stockham slammed back-to-back eliminations to win the set.
Dvoracek finished the game with 10 kills, three aces and two blocks. Stockham had eight kills, an ace and a block on his stat line. Dvoracek also led the team with 12 digs.
Tied at one set apiece, the match became a best of three. Utah Valley took an early lead in the third set until the Mustangs scored four straight to take a 9-6 advantage. The score was later 17-16 in favor of the Wolverines. From that point, Utah Valley went 4-1 to make it 21-17. That was followed by Mustang pushing to make it a two-run game at 22-20, but Utah Valley closed it at 25-21.
The Mustangs battled it out in a compelling set four until they were tied 10-10. From there, Cal Poly went 7-3 to make it 17-13. The Wolverines responded by recovering within two at 23-21. From there, Utah Valley dropped just one point in a behind-the-scenes win to take the match with a 25-23 victory in four sets.
The Mustangs’ season will continue on the road at the University of Washington tournament where they will face Northwestern, Pepperdine and Washington in a two-day affair on Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9.