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No. 7 Mustangs Go 2-1 in Arizona Saturday

No. 7 Mustangs Go 2-1 in Arizona Saturday

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cal Poly beach volleyball team wrapped up its weekend trip to Arizona by going 2-1 on Saturday, beating Long Beach City College and Arizona State and falling to No. 14 Arizona.

The No. 7 Mustangs (18-7), took down Long Beach City College 5-0 in a match that does not count toward any overall or pair records. They then fell to the No. 14 Wildcats (15-4) 4-1 before beating the Sun Devils (14-11) 3-2.

In the first match of the day against Long Beach City College, all five Mustang pairs won in straight sets. The No. 1 pairing of junior Emily Sonny and sophomore Tia Miric won 21-9, 21-14. Senior Kat Wright and freshman Jayelin Lombard won at the No. 2 position 21-16, 21-16. The No. 3 pairing of freshman Vanessa Roscoe and junior Brayden Gruenewald won 21-14, 21-14. Junior Heather Pembroke and freshman Kalee Graff won at the No. 4 spot 21-19, 21-19 and sophomores Sjea Anderson and Livy Lee completed the sweep with a 21-16, 21-12 win at the No. 5 position.

Cal Poly then faced No. 14 Arizona for the first time this season. A team the Mustangs beat twice last season. In the 4-1 loss, Cal Poly's win came from the No. 1 pairing of Sonny and Miric. They defeated the Wildcats' Olivia Hallaran and Mia Mason in straight sets, 21-11, 21-15.

Against Arizona State, Cal Poly came back from down 2-0 to win the match. Wright and Lombard got things started with a 21-17, 21-15 win at the No. 3 spot. They are now tied for the most wins by a pair on the team at 15-7.

The No. 1 pairing of Sonny and Miric followed suit shortly after with a 21-18, 21-11 win to tie the score at 2-2. The duo is now 4-0 as a pairing this season. Roscoe and Gordon then clinched the victory with a 21-17, 21-18 at the No. 2 position.

Cal Poly finishes the weekend in Arizona with a 5-1 record. The Mustangs will next travel to Malibu next Saturday, April 13 for two matches. They will face No. 5 Pepperdine for the second time this season and No. 12 Cal.