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Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Splits Final Two Matches of Sun Devil Challenge

Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Splits Final Two Matches of Sun Devil Challenge

TEMPE, Ariz.— The Cal Poly beach volleyball team split its two matches on the final day of the Sun Devil Challenge Sunday hosted by Arizona State. The Mustangs fell to No. 1 USC 3-2 but ended the tournament by beating the host Sun Devils 3-2.

In their first match of the day against the top-ranked Trojans, Cal Poly battled tough. The No. 1 Mustang duo of Torrey Van Winden and Tia Miric pushed USC's Terese Canan and April Bustamonte to three sets, taking the first set but losing 17-21, 21-19, 15-13.

The No. 2 Cal Poly pair of Emily Sonny and Samantha Manley beat Haley Hallgreen and Sammy Slater in straight sets 21-14, 21-18.

The No. 14 Mustangs also got a win from its No. 5 pairing Heather Pembroke and Macy Gordon. They beat Alexandra Poletto and Maya Keiser 21-17, 21-17.

In the second match of the day against Arizona State, the Mustangs picked up the win 3-2 thanks to wins from its Nos. 1, 2 and 5 spots.

Torrey Van Winden and Miric beat the Sun Devils' Mia Rivera and Kwyn Johnson 21-10, 21-15. That would be followed up by an impressive performance from Sonny and Manley at the No. 2 spot. They won their match 21-9, 21-18 to improve their record to a perfect 6-0 on the season.

At the No. 5 spot, Pembroke and Gordon defeated Kate Baldwin and Sam Plaster 21-17, 21-19. The duo is now 5-0 together so far this season.

Cal Poly is now 4-2 on the season. They travel to Forth Worth, Texas next weekend to compete in a tournament where they will play Arizona State, TCU and Tulane.