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No. 5 Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Splits First Day of Stanford Tournament

No. 5 Cal Poly Beach Volleyball Splits First Day of Stanford Tournament

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The fifth-ranked Cal Poly beach volleyball team split its two matches Saturday in the first day of a two-day tournament hosted by Stanford. The No. 5 Mustangs beat the host Cardinal (12-7) 3-2 in the first match of the day and then fell to No. 1 UCLA 4-1 later in the day.

Against No. 13 Stanford, Cal Poly picked up wins at the three, four, and five slots.

At the No. 3 position, the pair of senior Taylor Nelson and junior Adlee Van Winden won their match in a wild three sets (32-30, 21-23, 15-11) to win their 16 match of the season. Senior Raeann Greisen and freshman Macy Gordon won at the No. 4 spot 16-21, 21-19, 15-11. Senior Hannah Hubbard and sophomore Heather Pembroke won their match on court five in straight sets 21-15, 23-21 to give the Mustangs their 20th victory of the year.

Cal Poly did suffer a tough injury to freshman Tiadora Miric from the Mustangs' No. 1 pairing. She and her partner, sophomore Torrey Van Winden were forced to forfeit due to the injury.

Against top-ranked UCLA (28-3), freshman Sjea Anderson was paired with Torrey Van Winden at the No. 1 spot. The duo fell to the Bruins' top pair in two close sets 21-16, 21-19.

The Mustangs did pick up a win by the No. 4 duo of Gordon and Greisen 22-20, 21-15. They are now 6-2 as a pair this season.

Nelson and Van Winden almost came away with the victory at the No. 3 spot, pushing UCLA to three sets but fell 21-18, 18-21, 15-10.

Cal Poly now moves their record to 20-4 on the season. They return to action Sunday starting at noon against 20th-ranked Saint Mary's before taking on Pacific at 3 p.m.