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No. 7 Mustangs End Regular Season With Split At Stanford Saturday

No. 7 Mustangs End Regular Season With Split At Stanford Saturday

STANFORD, Calif. — The Cal Poly beach volleyball program wrapped up its regular season Saturday by splitting a pair of matches against two AVCA Top 20 teams.

The No. 7 Mustangs (21-10) beat the No. 20 Cardinal (10-16) 4-1 before falling to the No. 20 Golden Bears (18-7) 3-2.

Cal Poly finishes the regular season with at least 20 wins for the second season in a row, a first in the six-year history of the program. The Mustangs are one of two Big West teams to win at least 20 matches this season. They finish the regular season with the second best record in the conference.

Starting the day against Stanford, three of Cal Poly's four wins were in straight sets. The No. 2 pairing of sophomore Macy Gordon and junior Emily Sonny won their match 21-16, 21-19. At the No. 3 spot, freshman Jayelin Lombard and senior Kat Wright picked up their 17th win of the season with a 21-14, 22-20 victory.

The No. 4 pairing of senior Sam Manley and freshman Delaney Peranich won their match in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16 for their seventh win of the year. Junior Brayden Gruenewald and freshman Vanessa Roscoe rounded out the 4-1 win for Cal Poly with a 21-16, 13-21, 15-8 victory at the No. 5 position for their 12th win of the season.

Later in the day, the Mustangs faced the No. 11 Golden Bears for the second time in a week. Cal Poly beat Cal 3-2 when the two faced each other on April 13. The match Saturday ended up being just as close.

The Mustangs two wins came from the top two spots. The No. 1 pairing of Miric and Jones won their match in straight sets, 21-12, 21-15. They improved their record to a team-best 18-7 this season. The other win came from Gordon and Sonny at the No. 2 spot, 21-18, 21-19. The duo has now won their last three matches and pushed their record to 12-3 this year. Cal won at the third, fourth, and fifth positions to win the match 3-2.

With the regular season now over, the Mustangs now prepare for next weekend's Big West Tournament at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Calif. The tournament starts Friday, April 26 and goes through Saturday, April 27. In last year's tournament, Cal Poly lost in the semifinals to Long Beach State.