sheila sobchik

The Cal Poly volleyball team didn’t lose a match over the weekend en route to wins over the University of the Pacific and Cal State Northridge.

The Mustangs snapped a 31-match winless streak in beating Pacific Frriday at Mott Gym.

Cal Poly swept the Tigers to begin the weekend, winning 30-27, 30-24 and 30-28.

Vanessa Gilliam had 16 kills to lead the Mustangs while Kylie Atherstone added 13. Gilliam’s kills came on 32 swings with just three errors.

Jaclyn Houston and Kayla Mulder had six kills apiece for the Mustangs.

Libero Kristin Jackson led the Mustangs defensively with 17 digs. Chelsea Hayes had 14 digs to go along with her 35 assists.

Pacific’s Ashley Groothius had a match high 20 kills, the only Tiger to reach double figures.

On Saturday the Mustangs avenged a conference opening loss by defeating Cal State Northridge. The Matadors defeated Cal Poly to begin Big West play earlier this season.

The Mustangs won 30-16, 30-11, 30-22, dominating every aspect of the game.

Cal Poly hit .244 as a team while the Matadors were limited to -0.065.In the three games the Mustangs tallied 15.5 blocks.

Gilliam again led the Mustangs in kills with one and also had five blocks. Atherstone had 10 kills and five blocks.

A trio of Mustangs recorded 10-plus digs, led by Jackson’s 14. Mulder and Atherstone had 10 each.

Candace Milton led Cal Poly in the battle of the net with seven blocks.

The Mustangs continue Big West play with a three game road trip that begins at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. The Mustangs defeated the Gauchos in four games the last time the two met.

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