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Cal Poly Splits Pair of Matches at Big West Tournament Friday

Cal Poly Splits Pair of Matches at Big West Tournament Friday

HONOLULU — The Cal Poly beach volleyball team split two matches Friday at the Big West Tournament at Queen's Beach in Honolulu, falling to Long Beach State 3-2 before beating CSUN 5-0 in the double-elimination tournament.

The No. 4 Mustangs match against the 49ers ended up being decided by two points. Cal Poly picked up the first win of the match after senior Taylor Nelson and junior Adlee Van Winden won 21-10, 21-15 at the No. 3 spot. Long Beach State would then get wins at the five and four positions to take a 2-1 lead.

The Mustangs' No. 2 pair of sophomore Emily Sonny and junior Samantha Manley would then win their match in three sets 21-16, 20-22, 15-8 to tie it a 2 apiece.

The match would all come down to the No. 1 pair Mustang pair of sophomore Torrey Van Winden and freshman Tiadora Miric and the 49ers' Nele Barber and Sasha Karelov. Long Beach won the first set 21-18 before Cal Poly responded by winning the second 21-15. The third set proved to be a back-and-forth contest but the 49ers would win 15-13 to take the 3-2 win.

Cal Poly is now 1-1 this season against Long Beach State. The Mustangs won the previous match 3-2 in Sacramento.

The loss forced Cal Poly to play later in the day against the Matadors, who lost earlier in the day to CSU Bakersfield. The Mustangs would start out hot and never look back, winning each matchup in two sets.

Nelson and Adlee Van Winden made quick work of CSUN's No. 3 pair, picking up the win 21-11, 21-10. Manley and Sonny would follow suit shortly, winning at the No. 2 spot 21-9, 21-8.

Miric and Torrey Van Winden would later clinch the victory, winning at the No. 1 spot 21-7, 21-12. The Mustangs' No. 5 duo of sophomore Heather Pembroke and senior Hannah Hubbard followed suit not long after, winning 21-11, 21-15. At the No. 4 position, Senior Raeann Greisen and freshman Macy Gordon would bounce back from their first match loss to beat the Matadors 21-13, 21-17 to seal the 5-0 win.

Cal Poly will play again Saturday at 2 p.m. PDT to take on CSU Bakersfield. The Mustangs beat the Roadrunners earlier this season 5-0. If they win, they will take on the loser of Hawai'i and Long Beach State (who have both yet to lose) in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Live stat links for all matches will be on GoPoly.com.