Volleyball falls for the third straight time at Utah Valley, 3-1

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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.

Redshirt second-year central blocker Kate Slack had six decisive wins and a team record five blocks, while a redshirt freshman Liz Markovska also had six kills in his third college volleyball game.

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.

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