No. 12 Cal Poly beach volleyball won all three of its matches to extend its win streak to five on Sunday, Mar. 20 at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex. 

The Mustangs (8-7) defeated Southern Miss 5-0, Houston Baptist 4-1 and No. 18 Pepperdine 3-2. 

Southern Miss

Cal Poly started the day by defeating Southern Miss. In that match, freshman Peyton Dueck and graduate Addison Hermstad won 21-12 and 21-18 at the No. 2 spot to give Cal Poly its first point. The No. 1 and No. 4 spots for the Mustangs had no problems either, as they beat their opponents in two sets to extend Cal Poly’s lead to 3-0. 

At the No. 5 spot, redshirt juniors Erika Foreman and Eleonore Johansen won in three sets, 22-24, 21-15, 15-11. 

Then, the No. 3 pairing of redshirt junior Delaney Peranich and sophomore Rachel Rahtz completed the 5-0 shutout after they won 19-21, 21-12, 15-7. 

Houston Baptist

A few hours later, the Mustangs defeated Houston Baptist in a convincing 4-1 victory. Dueck and Hermstad, this time at the No. 3 spot, kicked the matchup off again for the Mustangs as they won 21-17, 21-16 to put Cal Poly on the board. 

The No.1 duo of redshirt senior Tia Miric and freshman Ella Connor won 21-14, 21-13 before Peranich and Rahtz won 19-21, 21-16, 15-11 to give Cal Poly the 3-0 advantage. 

At the No. 4 spot, freshman Piper Ferch and redshirt junior Jayelin Lombard won in two hard-fought sets, 28-26 and 26-24 to give the Mustangs their final point of the match. 

No. 18 Pepperdine

In their final match against No. 18 Pepperdine, Dueck and Hermstad continued their success as they won 21-17, 21-14 at the No. 3 pairing to give the Mustangs their first point of the dual. 

After the Waves tied the match at 1-1 after a victory in the No. 2 spot, Miric and Connor put the Mustangs back in front after they won 21-17, 17-21, 15-9. 

Pepperdine tied the dual again at 2-2 at the No. 4 spot. However, the No. 5 duo of sophomore Sam Strah and Peranich came back after dropping the first set 12-21 to win the next two 21-12, 15-10 to clinch the victory for the Mustangs. 

Cal Poly will be back at home for three more contests on Monday, Mar. 21. They will face Boise State at 8:30 a.m, followed by No. 10 Cal at 11:30 a.m, and No. 16 Arizona at 2:30 p.m.

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