Cal Poly volleyball wrapped up their 2021 season with a sweep (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) of UC San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 27 inside RIMAC Arena in La Jolla.
The Mustangs (15-16, 13-7 Big West) ended their campaign as the third place team in the Big West, while the Tritons (10-21, 7-13 Big West) finished in ninth place.
Cal Poly came out firing in the first set as they jumped out to an early 6-1 lead. However, San Diego battled back and eventually tied it up at 14-14. After the Mustangs held a slight 20-19 advantage, they scored five of the final six points to take the first set 25-20.
The second set contained multiple dominating runs from Cal Poly, as they went on scoring stretches of 6-3 and 7-2. The Mustangs held a comfortable lead for most of the set and they took the 25-17 set victory and the 2-0 match advantage.
With their backs against the wall, the Tritons got out to a 6-3 lead in the third set. However, the lead did not last long, as a 7-1 Cal Poly run put the Mustangs ahead at 10-7. After back and forth play, seven unanswered points from Cal Poly extended their lead to 21-16. The Mustangs never looked back from that as they won the set 25-20 and completed the sweep.
As a team, the Mustangs dominated defensively, as they held San Diego to a hitting percentage of .019 while recording 14 total blocks.
The third-place finish for Cal Poly marked the sixth consecutive season in which the Mustangs have been a top three team in the Big West Conference.