Cal Poly defeats South Florida in NCAA First Round

Dec. 1, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Led by 21 kills and 16 digs from Melanie Hathaway, Cal Poly defeated South Florida, 15-11, 13-15, 15-13, 15-12 in an NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament Pacific Region first-round match at USC in front of 513 on Friday (Dec. 1) in the Lyon Center on the USC campus.

The Mustangs of the Big West improved to 17-11 and advance to play either USC or Georgia State in a second-round match. The Bulls of Conference USA finished the season 28-6. The Trojans-Lady Panthers match followed the Mustang-Bull contest.

In addition to Hathaway, Worthy Lien had 19 kills for Cal Poly, Molly Duncan had 12 kills and 16 digs and Carly O'Halloran had 10 kills and a match-high 26 digs.

The Bulls were led by Michelle Collier's match-high 38 kills (out of 96 attacks) and 18 digs and Rachelle Paul's 18 kills and 18 digs.

Both teams hit .176, but the Mustangs outblocked their opponent, 17-10.

The squads split the first two games. Cal Poly hit .386 en route to a 15-11 Game 1 victory. The Mustangs, despite hitting only .048 in the second game, looked poised to take a 2-0 lead in the match, taking a 13-10 lead in Game 2. But the Bulls charged back and scored five straight points to even the match.

The Mustangs galloped back in a defensive struggle in Game 3, taking it 15-13. Cal Poly hit only .182, but it was more than South Florida's .137 and was good enough for the win.

South Florida opened Game 4 by taking a 7-3 lead, but Cal Poly responded with four consecutive points to tie the game, prompting a Bulls timeout. South Florida then took a 12-9 lead, but Cal Poly countered with six straight points, the final coming on a triple block, to win the game and match.

Saturday's second-round match at USC will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

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