After sweeping UC Riverside on Friday, the Cal Poly volleyball team (19-6,11-3 Big West) delivered yet another shutout. This time, it was against Cal State Fullerton, concluding the Mustangs’ weekend on the road.
Saturday’s victory, aired on ESPN3, was accompanied with multiple service errors by both teams. Even though the Mustangs failed to drop a set, the Titans continued to apply pressure throughout the match.
Cal State Fullerton (0-26, 0-14), jumped ahead to a 15-10 lead in the first set. However, star freshman outside hitter Adlee Van Winden and seasoned senior libero Nicole Kessler played crucial roles in shifting the momentum. The Mustangs dropped only two more points to claim the first set 25-17.
Cal Poly followed up with a solid performance, winning the second set 25-18. Sophomore outside hitter Raeann Greisen claimed 16 kills, the most out of any player during Saturday’s game. She carried out 12 of those kills in the third set alone. The Mustangs demonstrated complete control during the entire set, eliminating any chance for the Titans to come back. Cal Poly closed out the match, winning the last set 25-20.
This weekend’s success keeps the Mustangs in the running for a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, but only two regular season matches remain.
On Thursday, three Cal Poly seniors will be recognized when the Mustangs host conference-leader No. 7 Hawaii in Mott Athletics Center.