No. 6 Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Sweeps All Three Matches Saturday

No. 6 Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Sweeps All Three Matches Saturday

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— The Cal Poly beach volleyball team won all three of its matches, all coming via 5-0 sweeps Saturday at a tournament co-hosted by both CSUN and USF in Santa Cruz. The No. 6 Mustangs beat Pacific, San Francisco and Portland.

Cal Poly began the day against the Tigers at 8 a.m. The undefeated Mustang duo of sophomore Emily Sonny and junior Samantha Manley won their match at the No. 1 position 21-13, 21-19. The Mustangs' No. 2 duo of junior Adlee Van Winden and senior Taylor Nelson won their match in two quick sets, 21-12, 21-13. In what would prove to be a close back-and-forth battle, seniors Raeann Greisen and Hannah Hubbard won in three close sets, 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 at the No. 3 spot. Playing in their first match as a pairing, freshman Jamie Stivers and sophomore Brayden Gruenewald won in three sets at the No. 4 spot 21-17, 19-21, 15-6. The other undefeated Cal Poly pair of freshman Macy Gordon and sophomore Heather Pembroke also won their match in three sets 21-15, 16-21, 15-12 to remain perfect.

In the second match of the day against the Dons, Sonny and Manley took down the No. 1 pairing of USF 21-15, 21-18. Van Winden and Nelson made quick work of the Dons' No. 2 pair 21-12, 21-9. At the No. 3 spot, Greisen and Hubbard won in straight sets 21-12, 21-15. Despite moving up to the No. 4 slot, that did not stop the dominance of Pembroke and Gordon as they also won in straight sets 21-17, 21-11. At the No. 5 spot, Gruenewald was paired up with junior Dora Beilin which would prove to be a good move as the two didn't allow USF's No. 5 pairing to score 10 points in either set as they won 21-8, 21-8.

The Mustangs would keep up their dominant play in the last match of the day against Portland. Sonny and Manley won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot 21-16, 21-11 to improve their record as a pair to 12-0. They've also only dropped two sets so far this season. Van Winden and Nelson finished their day with another strong performance at the No. 2 position, winning 21-11, 21-8. Greisen and Hubbard put on the most dominant performance of the day beating the Pilots' No. 3 pair 21-5, 21-5. Pembroke and Gordon picked up a win a the No. 4 spot 13-21, 21-14, 15-10 to keep their perfect record intact and improve to 11-0 this season. Making their season debut as a pairing, freshmen Sjea Anderson and Livy Lee won at the No. 5 slot 21-13, 21-13 to complete the sweep for the Mustangs.

With the three wins, Cal Poly improved its record to 10-2 on the season. They will now return to play their first home matches of the season next Saturday, March 17 from Pismo Beach. They take on TCU at 9 a.m. and Arizona at 1 p.m.