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Cal Poly Unveils New Beach Volleyball Facility With Ribbon-Cutting

Cal Poly Unveils New Beach Volleyball Facility With Ribbon-Cutting
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After more than four months of construction, the Cal Poly athletic department celebrated the unveiling of the new on-campus beach volleyball complex Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Several members of the staff and faculty, donors of the project, current Mustang student-athletes, alumni and the media were on hand to watch as the roughly $3 million facility was inaugurated.

The Mustang Beach Volleyball Complex features five regulation-size NCAA beach volleyball courts, seating for up to 250 spectators, a state-of-the-art LED video scoreboard positioned on the south side of Mott Athletics Center, lights around the facility, and an outdoor shower.

"This facility will help Coach Rogers continue to recruit and develop some of the best beach volleyball student-athletes in the country, and further cement our position as a top ten Division I program," Cal Poly Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman said.

Since the inception of the program in 2014, the team has played its home matches in Pismo Beach — about 10 miles away from campus. This new 35,000 square-foot complex is located between Mott Athletics Center and Mustang Tennis Complex, next to Anderson Aquatic Center.

"The support of the donors and administration in getting this done so quickly has been simply amazing," head coach Todd Rogers said. "I look forward to practicing on the courts and even more so in the spring when we will be competing on them."

While playing at the beach the past several years has been a unique and fun experience for the team, Rogers thinks this new complex will only help grow the success of the program.

"These courts are a huge recruiting advantage! Not many schools have their own beach facilities on campus and very few have five courts to be able to practice and play on. The courts being nestled right up to the training room, weight room, locker room and beach office will make the players' lives much easier. It is like a one stop shop for all the amenities needed for a beach player."

In addition to Rogers and the athletic department, the players on the team are equally as excited about having the new complex on campus.

"I am super excited for our new facility," said senior beach volleyball player Emily Sonny. "It will make practices and matches more convenient for us as a team as well as our fans to come out to support and show their Cal Poly pride. This new addition will help Cal Poly beach volleyball make an even bigger name for itself than it already has."

"It is such a wonderful gift to help us on our quest for an NCAA championship," junior Macy Gordon said. "This will bring more mustang spirit to our campus and help us achieve our full potential."

The Mustangs will begin competing on these new courts when the 2020 season begins in February. They will be doing so after coming off a 2019 season that was the best in Mustang program history. They won their first Big West Conference title, made their first NCAA Championship, posted a second season in a row with 25-plus victories for just the second time in program history, and had 12 wins over teams ranked in the AVCA Top 20, the most in a single season in program history. They were also ranked in the top 10 of the AVCA Poll every week of the season. Rogers was named Big West Coach of the Year, senior Crissy Jones and sophomore Tia Miric were named Big West Pairs Team of the Year as well as AVCA Beach All-Americans, and all five starting pairs earned all-conference honors.