The Cal Poly volleyball team swept UC Riverside on Friday. | Courtesy photo/Jared Stelfox

Mustang News Staff Report

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The Cal Poly volleyball team dominated the ShareSLO Tournament, sweeping two out of three opponents and dropping just one set overall.

Cal Poly (4-4) played its first match in the newly renovated Mott Athletics Center on Friday, hosting Bakersfield (2-6) in the opening game of the ShareSLO Tournament.

Freshman outside hitter Raeann Greisen led the way for the Mustangs with a team-high 17 kills and was helped out by 24 assists by freshman setter Taylor Nelson.

The Mustangs maintained a hitting percentage of .367, much higher than what they averaged during the first five matches of the season.

A double-header on Saturday against San Jose State (0-9) and Sacramento State (4-7) was no problem for the Mustangs, as they swept both opponents.

All six Cal Poly starters against the Spartans were freshmen, showing the strength of the Mustangs’ recruiting class, which was ranked No. 23 in the nation by

The Mustangs dominated the Spartans, winning each set by at least five points. Greisen led the way again with 12 kills, while junior libero Nicole Kessler contributed 14 digs.

The story was the same when the Mustangs finished up the tournament against Sacramento State. The Hornets put up more of a fight, but the end result was still a sweep. The Mustangs aced the Hornets 10 times en route to the ShareSLO championship.

Kessler was named the ShareSLO Tournament MVP and appointed to the all-tournament team alongside teammates Greisen and Nelson.

The Mustangs complete their five-match homestand next weekend when they host Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. and Santa Clara on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.

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