Sophomore outside hitter Kylie Atherstone led all players with 17 kills and No. 20 Cal Poly failed to trail at any point Saturday evening in remaining perfect at Mott Gym courtesy of a 30-22, 30-21, 30-26 victory against Cal State Fullerton.
Big West Conference-leading Cal Poly (13-4, 5-0), off to the second-best league start in program history, hasn’t dropped a game at Mott Gym in 2006 following sweeps of UC Davis (Sept. 19) and UC Riverside (Oct. 6).
Cal Poly stole the first four points of the opening game and raced to a 15-8 lead. The Titans (13-5, 1-3) fought to a 19-15 gap but failed to close any additional ground as Atherstone pounded out six kills in the set.
A kill by freshman outside hitter Ashleigh Bertoni helped the Mustangs leap out to an 18-8 lead en route to a 2-0 games advantage.
Atherstone hit .342 while setter Chelsea Hayes recorded 40 assists and libero Kristin Jackson tallied 21 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Alicia Waller added 10 kills for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly now trails only the 1985 Mustangs for best conference start in program history.