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Cal Poly Volleyball Beats UC Irvine 3-1

IRVINE – The Cal Poly volleyball team picked up its second win against UC Irvine this season, after beating them 3-1 Thursday night.

The Mustangs beat the Anteaters in a four set match, 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 29-27.  Cal Poly's win advanced them to 14-8 on the season and 7-4 in conference play. 

Cal Poly went on a 5-0 run in the first set before Irvine scored its first point. The Mustangs maintained at least a five-point lead the whole set, never letting the Anteaters take the lead or tie the score.

The Mustangs struggled in set two, as they let the Anteaters take the first four points before they scored their first. The Mustangs were never able to tie up the score or take the lead. 

Tied at 1-1, the teams went into set three and tied up the score 13 times and had five lead changes. After the teams tied the score up 20-20, the Mustangs took the lead to win the set. 

Set four was neck and neck, as the score tied 18 times and there were 10 lead changes. The Mustangs and the Anteaters fought until the Mustangs won 29-27, clinching the match for Cal Poly.

Three Mustangs boasted double digits in kills, including two of the Big West Conference leaders, sophomore Adlee Van Winden with 20 and junior Raeann Greisen with 13. 

Senior Taylor Gruenewald put up 15 kills against Irvine, matching her season high from her first match against Rice. 

Junior Taylor Nelson, who is one of the nations leaders in assists put up 57 of the team's 61. 

The Mustangs had six total blocks compared to Irvine's 11, while Greisen and Gruenewald led the team with two each.

Sophomore Katherine Brouker led the team in digs, with 26 of the team's 82. 

The Mustangs will be back on the court on Saturday to take on UC Davis at 7 p.m.