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No. 8 Mustangs Begin Big West Tournament Friday Against Sac State

No. 8 Mustangs Begin Big West Tournament Friday Against Sac State

BIG WEST TOURNAMENT BRACKET

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After a second-place regular-season finish for the second straight year, the Cal Poly beach volleyball program begins the Big West Tournament Friday against Sacramento State from Zuma Beach in Malibu.

First serve against the Hornets (2-17) is set for 10 a.m. The tournament will conclude Saturday and will be double-elimination. All matches will be streamed by p1440 HERE.

The No. 8 Mustangs (21-10) finished the regular season with 20+ wins for the second straight year and second time in program history and were ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA rankings the entire season. They have faced all of the six other Big West teams once this year, going 5-1. That included beating No. 5 Hawai'i on March 31st for the first time in program history. They also had nine wins over teams ranked in the AVCA Top 20.

Cal Poly has had strong contributions from multiple pairs this season, with its current 1-5 pairs finishing the regular season a combined 66-39. The No. 1 pairing of senior Crissy Jones and sophomore Tiadora Miric concluded the regular season with the most wins on the team at 18-7. The No. 2 pairing of junior Emily Sonny and sophomore Macy Gordon were 12-3, the best record by percentage on the team (min. 10 matches). The No. 3 pairing of freshman Jayelin Lombard and senior Kat Wright had the second most wins on the team at 17-11.

If the Mustangs beat Sacramento State, they will face the winner of the Long Beach State-CSU Bakersfield match at 1 p.m. If they lose, they will play the loser of that match at 2 p.m.

The No. 12 49ers (18-9) were the only Big West team to beat Cal Poly this season. Long Beach State beat the Mustangs 4-3 on March 30. The 49ers were also the team that knocked Cal Poly out of last year's Big West Tournament in the semifinals.

The Roadrunners (8-13) finished the regular season sixth in the Big West. Cal Poly beat them earlier this season 5-0.

The Mustangs will be seeking to win their first Big West Tournament and make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.