The Cal Poly volleyball team swept UC Riverside on Friday. | Courtesy photo/Jared Stelfox

The Cal Poly volleyball team (18-6, 10-3 Big West) pulled out a 3-0 victory on the road against UC Riverside (9-17, 4-9) Friday night to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Freshman outside hitter Adlee Van Winden led the attack with nine kills, while sophomore outside hitter Raeann Greisen, sophomore middle blocker Savannah Niemen and junior middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald all added seven.

Sophomore setter Taylor Nelson had a game-high 31 assists to go with three kills and three digs.

The Mustangs went on a 10-4 run in the middle of the first set to pull out an advantage they extended by scoring the final five points of the set in a 25-15 victory.

The second set saw the two sides trade points to a 9-9 tie. From there, Cal Poly took control with another 10-4 run and maintained the lead to a 25-20 set win. In the third set, the Mustangs used a 9-1 run in the middle of the set again to take control and win 25-16 to complete the sweep.

The Mustangs take on Cal State Fullerton (0-25, 0-13) on Saturday in the final road game before a home match against conference-leading Hawaii (22-1, 12-0) on Thursday. With three matches left in the season, the Mustangs need strong victories along with a little help from Long Beach State (21-6, 11-3) to have a shot at the NCAA tournament.

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