Cal Poly won their fifth straight game Saturday afternoon after sweeping UC Riverside 3-0 on the road.
The Mustangs move to second place in the Big West through six conference matches and hold a 5-1 conference record with an 11-7 record overall.
Leading the team with 14 kills, redshirt junior outside hitter Tommi Stockham also collected a double-double with 13 digs.
A four-point run consisting of kills by redshirt junior middle blocker Kate Slack and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Lizzy Markovska put the Mustangs at a 5-2 advantage that they kept for the rest of the first set and ultimately won 25-9.
The second set remained close until a six-point run from Cal Poly grew an 8-5 lead to a 14-5 lead. The Highlanders went on a 6-2 run near the end of the set, but the Mustangs were too far ahead and took the set 25-16.
UC Riverside chipped away at a 12-6 Cal Poly lead in the third and tied it at 15. The Highlanders had Cal Poly at set point 24-23, but a service error, a ball handling error and a block by the Mustang defense gave Cal Poly the set and the win 26-24.
Although the Mustangs have had late success, next week will be the toughest challenge yet in their conference schedule. Cal Poly plays the first-place UC Santa Barbara away on Thursday, Oct. 12, who are 6-0.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, they host a game against the historically dominant Hawaii, who led the Big West with a 19-1 record last year.