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No. 7 Mustangs Go Undefeated at GCU Tournament Friday

No. 7 Mustangs Go Undefeated at GCU Tournament Friday

PHOENIX — The seventh-ranked Cal Poly beach volleyball team won all three of its matches Friday at the GCU Tournament in Phoenix, with one not counting towards overall or pair records because it was against a junior college.

The No. 7 Mustangs (17-6) took down UAB and Mt. San Antonio College by scores of 5-0 before beating the 15th-ranked host Lopes (15-8) 3-2. With the wins, Cal Poly is 17-3 in its last 20 matches.

To start the day against the Blazers (10-11), the Mustangs dropped just one set the entire match. The No. 4 pairing of freshman Vanessa Roscoe and junior Brayden Gruenewald got things started with a 21-13, 21-12 victory. Junior Heather Pembroke and senior Samantha Manley followed soon after with a 21-12, 21-14 win at the No. 5 spot. The No. 2 pairing of sophomore Macy Gordon and junior Emily Sonny then won their match in straight sets, 21-13, 21-14. Senior Crissy Jones and sophomore Tia Miric also won their match in straight sets at the No. 1 position, 21-10, 23-21. The sweep was then wrapped up at the No. 3 spot by senior Kat Wright and freshman Jayelin Lombard, 18-21, 23-21, 15-8.

Cal Poly kept its strong play going in its next match against Mt. San Antonio College. While that match did not count toward any standings, the Mustangs once again won 5-0, winning all five matches in straight sets. Jones and Miric won at the No. 1 spot, Lombard and Wright won at the No. 2 position, Roscoe and Gruenewald won at the No. 3 pairing, Pembroke and freshman Kalee Graff won at the No. 4 spot, and sophomores Sjea Anderson and Livy Lee won at the No. 5 pairing.

Cal Poly then faced its toughest match against GCU to end its day. The Mustangs won the first point of the match after Peranich and Manley won their match at the No. 5 spot in straight sets, 21-18, 21-19. After the Lopes won the next two to take a 2-1 lead, Cal Poly was put in a spot where it had to win the final two matches.

Jones and Miric tied things up at 2-2 after a 21-14, 21-14 victory at the No. 1 position. It then came down to the No. 2 pairing of Sonny and Gordon. After GCU took the first set 21-15, the Mustangs responded with a 21-17 win in the second and a 15-11 win in the third set to clinch the victory for Cal Poly.

Through Friday, Jones and Miric sport the top pairs record on the team at 15-4. Lombard and Wright are close behind at 14-6.

Cal Poly will remain in the desert for three more matches on Saturday. They will begin the day with a match against Long Beach City College in Phoenix at 9 a.m. The Mustangs will then make the short drive to Tempe to take on No. 14 Arizona at 1 p.m. and Arizona State at 3 p.m.