SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – After its most successful conference finish since the 2010 season and best single-season turnaround since 2009-10, the Cal Poly volleyball program announced its 2016 schedule on Tuesday afternoon. Nine home matches and dates against five nationally ranked opponents (to end the 2015 season) highlight Cal Poly's schedule.
Cal Poly's first home match of the season at the Mott Athletic Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 versus defending conference champion Hawai'i.
Cal Poly contests its first 11 matches of the 2016 season on the road and opens the season on Friday, August 26 in Provo, UT against both Rice and Utah Valley State, while playing host BYU (which ended the 2015 season ranked No. 11 in the AVCA Coaches Poll) on Saturday, August 27.
Cal Poly is then scheduled to visit St. Louis, MO for a trio of matches, of which include Arkansas State (Friday, Sept. 2), Western Kentucky (Friday, Sept. 2) and Saint Louis (Saturday, Sept. 3). Western Kentucky ended the 2015 season ranked No. 20 nationally.
The Mustangs travel to Palo Alto, Calif. for a pair of matchups against Purdue (Friday, Sept. 9) and Stanford (Saturday, Sept. 10). The Boilermakers ended the 2015 ranked No. 17 overall, while the Cardinal finished with a No. 6 national ranking by the AVCA.
A week later, Cal Poly heads back up north for a three matches against Grand Canyon (Friday, Sept. 16), Nevada (Saturday, Sept. 17) and Sacramento State (Saturday, Sept. 17). All three matches will be played in Sacramento.
Cal Poly then welcomes Hawai'i (ranked No. 7 by the AVCA to close the 2015 season) to the Mott Athletic Center for its home and conference opener at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
The Mustangs then visit Long Beach State (Friday, Sept. 30) and CSUN (Saturday, Oct. 1) before returning home for two matches. Cal Poly hosts UC Irvine (Thursday, Oct. 6) and Blue-Green Rival UC Santa Barbara (Saturday, Oct. 8), with both matches scheduled for 7 p.m.
Cal Poly then embarks on a two-match road trip that includes both Cal State Fullerton (Friday, Oct. 14) and UC Riverside (Saturday, Oct. 15) before returning to San Luis Obispo for its lengthiest home stretch of the regular season.
The Mustangs host CSUN (Friday, Oct. 21), Long Beach State (Saturday, Oct. 22) and UC Santa Barbara (Saturday, Oct. 29), with all three matches starting at 7 p.m.
Cal Poly visits UC Irvine (Thursday, Nov. 3) and UC Davis (Saturday, Nov. 5) before returning home to host both UC Riverside (Friday, Nov. 11) and Cal State Fullerton (Saturday, Nov. 12). The two home matches against the Highlanders and Titans are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Cal Poly then visits Hawai'i on Thursday, Nov. 17, before traveling back for its final home match of the regular season versus UC Davis at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.
In 2016, Cal Poly returns 89 percent of its kill total from a season ago, including outside hitter and reigning Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, Adlee Van Winden (team-high 391 kills in 2015). Setter Taylor Nelson (seventh on the program's career assist total list and 1,053 assists last season) also returns, as does outside hitter Raeann Greisen, who totaled 321 kills in 2015.