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No. 7 Mustangs Get 20th Win After Splitting Pair of Matches Thursday

No. 7 Mustangs Get 20th Win After Splitting Pair of Matches Thursday

LOS ANGELES — The seventh-ranked Cal Poly beach volleyball notched its 20th win of the season Thursday after splitting a pair of matches in Los Angeles.

The No. 7 Mustangs (20-9) took down No. 15 Grand Canyon University 3-2 after falling earlier in the day at No. 2 USC 4-1.

Cal Poly started the day against the No. 2 Trojans (24-4) from Merle Norman Stadium on the campus of USC. After the Trojans got on the board with a win at the No. 3 position, the No. 5 pairing of junior Brayden Gruenewald and freshman Vanessa Roscoe defeated Cammie Dorn and Mollie Ebertin in three sets by scores of 16-21, 21-17, 15-9 to tie the score at 1-1. Cal Poly played tough in the other three matches, with many of the sets decided by just a few points. However, USC went on the win all three and claim the 4-1 victory.

Following the match against the Trojans, the Mustangs faced the No. 15 Lopes (19-10) from Merle Norman Stadium, a team Cal Poly already beat earlier this season. This match proved to be no different. After GCU got on the board first with a win at the No. 5 spot, the No. 3 pairing of freshman Jayelin Lombard and senior Kat Wright (pictured above) tied the score at 1-1 with an epic 21-16, 19-21, 22-20 victory over Hannah Towne and Katie Hess. The duo is now 16-10 together this season.

Cal Poly's No. 2 pair of junior Emily Sonny and sophomore Macy Gordon then put the Mustangs up 2-1 with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Jessica Stansfield and Bella Bauman. The duo improved their record as a pairing to 10-3 this season.

The No. 1 pairing of senior Crissy Jones and sophomore Tia Miric later clinched the victory for Cal Poly with a 22-20, 21-18 win over Teagan DeFalco and Mikaela Raudsepp. They are now a team-best 17-6 as a pair this season.

This is now the second straight season and the second time in program history the program has reached 20 wins. The Mustangs will be looking to add two more to their total Saturday when they head to Palo Alto, Calif. to face No. 20 Stanford and No. 11 Cal.