RIVERSIDE – The Cal Poly Volleyball team continued its sweep streak, picking up its fourth after beating UC Riverside 3-0 Saturday night.
The Mustangs defeated the Highlanders 25-23, 26-24, 25-13, advancing to 12-6 on the season and 5-2 in conference play.
Cal Poly was neck and neck with Riverside for the first half of set one, as the teams tied the score up nine times and had four lead changes. After the teams tied the score 9-9, UCR started to gain momentum. After an 18-12 run, Riverside's largest lead of the set, the Mustangs came back to tie the score 21-21, and then won the set.
With a 1-0 lead, the second set started off a little bit slow for the Mustangs, as Riverside lead for the first half of the set. The teams tied up their scores four times, but after the Mustangs took the lead, they stayed there the rest of the set.
The third set came a lot easier for the Mustangs, as they started off the match 1-1, the only tie in set three. The team then took the lead for the rest of the set to win the match. The Mustangs kept at least a five-point lead for most of the match, and then ended up winning by 12, the largest lead of the night.
The Mustangs had a .600 attack percentage in set three, their highest of the night.
Junior Raeann Greisen and sophomore Adlee Van Winden continue to lead the Big West Conference and the team in kills, as Greisen had 15 and a .448 attack percentage and Van Winden had 11 with a .267 attack percentage.
The Mustangs had 41 kills and a .299 attack percentage compared to the Highlander's 35 and .112.
Junior Taylor Nelson has proven why she is the No. 1 leader in the conference in assists, as she had 38 tonight, giving her a .950 assists per set percentage.
Sophomore Katherine Brouker lead the team in digs with 16 of the team's 37.
The Mustangs tallied 16 total blocks, compared to Riverside's five. Eight of the blocks came from freshman Nadia Retoff, while senior Taylor Gruenewald and Greisen were also key assets to the team in blocks.
Cal Poly will be back home Friday Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct. 22 to host CSUN and Long Beach State.