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Mustangs Sweep Aggies in Big West Conference Opener

Mustangs Sweep Aggies in Big West Conference Opener

DAVIS, Calif — Seniors Raeann Greisen and Savannah Niemen each recorded season-high's in kills to lead Cal Poly to a sweep of its Big West opener Tuesday against UC Davis (25-20, 25-12, 25-19)

Greisen led the Mustangs (11-2) with 13 kills, hitting .867, while Niemen recorded 12, hitting .409.

"Raeann had a tremendous match for us," head coach Sam Crosson said. "She hit with both range and power and was a complete point scorer for us. Savannah was also a big contributor both offensively and from the service line."

It would turn out to be a match of runs. In the first set, with Cal Poly down 7-5, the Mustangs went on a 10-1 run to go up 15-8. With Cal Poly up 24-18, the Aggies (8-6) would score two straight points to make it 24-20. An Aggies service error would end the set 25-20.

The Mustangs were strong behind the service line; recording five aces in the first set alone and finished with nine sets for the match.

Cal Poly got out to a fast start in the second set by scoring the first six points. They would not slow down from there. Up 12-10, they would finish the set on a 13-2 run to win 25-12.

Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden had eight of her 10 kills in the second set. As a team, the Mustangs hit .500 in the second set.

Tied at four in the third set, Cal Poly would go on a 7-1 run. UC Davis would answer with a 6-1 run of their own to close it to 12-11. Another Mustang run would stretch the lead to 17-12 and it would never get closer as Greisen's 13th kill ended the set and the match.

"I was proud of our teams perseverance tonight," Crosson said. "We have been traveling throughout the preseason and to be able to play the way we did tonight against UCD before heading home speaks volumes about who this team is."

Senior setter Taylor Nelson finished with 41 assists to go along with a team-high four service aces. Sophomore outside hitter Jessica McRoskey led the Mustangs in digs with 14.

With the win, the Mustangs have now won six matches in a row.

Cal Poly will next be in action this weekend at home for two matches. They will face Cal State Fullerton in the home opener Friday at Mott Athletics Center at 7 p.m. The first 250 fans will receive volleyball schedule posters.

They will then play UC Riverside Saturday at 4:30 p.m. That will be the first "Double-Up Saturday," meaning fans that show their ticket to the football game later that night will get free admission to the match.