mustang daily staff report

The women’s volleyball team closed its season with a convincing sweep of UC Davis. The Mustangs won 30-24, 30-15 and 30-13 to improve to 19-6 overall.

The Mustangs concluded Big West Conference play last weekend, losing in four games to the University of the Pacific and in third place.

The team’s playoff chances are high, coach Jon Stevenson said. The conference has never had fewer than four bids to the NCAA tournament historically and the Mustangs’ third place finish along with the team’s 19-6 overall record are tournament worthy, he said.

Stevenson expects to play a top-flight West Coast team early in the tournament. He mentioned the University of Southern California, Santa Clara and UC Berkeley as potential first round opponents.

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Men’s basketball

The men’s basketball team fell 72-57 to San Jose State Sunday afternoon at Mott Gym.

The Mustangs struggled offensively, shooting 38.2 percent from the floor as a team. San Jose State played tough man-to-man defense and stifled Cal Poly’s post play.

Freshman Chaz Thomas led the Mustangs with 10 points.

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Wrestling

Cal Poly’s Matt Montiero pinned his opponent in the finals of the Fullerton Open Wrestling Tournament at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, winning the 197-poind division.

Montiero won three of his matches by fall and the fourth by technical fall, 15-0, over Fullerton’s Chris Chambers in the semifinals en route to his chamionship.

Montiero’s teammate Chad Mendes defeated Tanner Gardiner of Stanford 5-4 to win the 125-pound division.

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Women’s tennis

Cal Poly’s Maria Malec came up short in her bid to win the flight B championships at the Cal Poly Invitational, losing 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) to Sonya Kumar of Cal State Northridge on Sunday.

The Cal Poly Invitational concluded the Mustangs’ fall campaign. The team will continue play Jan. 15 in a dual match at Pepperdine.

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