West Conference record at 1-1 with a 3-0 volleyball sweep over UC Riverside on Saturday in Mott Gym.
The Mustangs won 25-20, 25-23, 25-20, sending the Highlanders home 0-2 in the Big West.
Cal Poly trailed UC Riverside only twice and recorded its ninth consecutive win over the Highlanders.
Dominique Olowolafe led the Mustangs (5-10) with eigh kills and a team-high .500 hitting percentage.
The Mustangs established an early 8-3 lead to open the first set and their defense kept UC Riverside from getting closer than three points the rest of the set.
Trailing 20-17, UC Riverside claimed six of the next nine points to deadlock set two at 23-23. A serving error by Highlanders senior libero Amanda Nilsson, coupled with an ace from Mustang freshman setter Anuhea Keanini, however, swung the set in Cal Poly’s favor.
Anuhea Keanini put in 25 assists to help carry the Mustangs to victory, and Alison Mort contributed 16 digs.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Diablo Valley 14, Cuesta 8; Cuesta 7, Pasadena 4
The Cougars came back from their loss to Diablo Valley College and went on finish in third place with the win over Pasadena City College at the Cabrillo Tournament.
“We have been battling injury and illness all week,” Cuesta head coach Pete Schulersaid in a press release, “so I was pleased that we played better against DVC than last week.”
Morgan Thomspon led Cuesta against DVC with four goals, but the Cougars could not come back from an early deficit to win.
Against Pasadena, Ashley Smith and Erin Gray led Cuesta with two goals each.
MEN’s WATER POLO
Diablo Valley 16, Cuesta 12; West Valley 18, Cuesta 13
Lawrence Bardelli led the Cougars with four goals, and Hunter Hamaker and PJ Perez both added two more against Diablo Valley.
Against, West Valley, the top-ranked team in the state, Lawrence Bardelli had four goals and Jake Akins and Hunter Hamaker both added two more for Cuesta (4-9).
Cal Poly at Stanford Invitational
Cal Poly freshmen Kayleigh Tyerman was the first Mustang to cross the finish line with a time of 21 minutes flat, finishing the 6K course in 10th place.
Cal Poly finished seventh in the 22-team women’s field with 201 points. Stanford won with 24 points.