The Cal Poly volleyball team stretched its winning streak to 10 matches with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 sweep over Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference road match Saturday.
Less than 24 hours after a grueling five-set match in which Cal Poly (11-3, 2-0 Big West) recovered from a two-set deficit to beat UC Irvine, the Mustangs didn’t need long to dispatch the Matadors (6-10, 0-2).
Catie Smith had a team-high 13 kills, while Kristina Graven added 12. Alison Mort had a team-high 14 digs, while Graven added 12 and Smith 10.
The Mustangs return home Friday to host Cal State Fullerton.
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Cal Poly at Stanford Invitational
Sophomore Kayleigh Tyerman’s 11th-place finish led Cal Poly to fourth place out of 24 teams.
Senior Carl Dargitz, coming in 34th overall, led the men’s side to eighth place of 26 teams.
Tyerman finished the 6K race at the Stanford University Golf Course in a time of 21 minutes, 3 seconds. Leanne Fogg (21:29) and Vanessa Hancock (21:39) finished 19th and 24th, respectively, for Cal Poly.
The women’s fourth-place finish put them ahead of UCLA, USC and Big West rival UC Irvine.
Stanford’s Kathy Kroeger won the meet in a time of 20:06 to pace her team to the team title.
Michael Johnson (24:49) and Sean Davidson (24:58) followed Dargitz to the line in the men’s 8K race in 41st and 44th, respectively for Cal Poly.
Northern Arizona’s David McNeil won the men’s race in a time of 23:18, but Stanford’s Elliott Heath, Jacob Riley, and Chris Derrick finished second, third, and fourth in identical times of 23:22 to lead the Cardinal to a first-place victory.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly’s mixed medley relay team finished fifth in a dual with with Cal at the Anderson Aquatic Center.
The team of Peter Kline, Angie Haven, Aaron McKinnon and Amy Morales finished in 1 minute, 40.91 seconds, leaving them three seconds back of Cal’s quartet of Jeremy Bagshaw, Melissa Bates, Martin Liivamagi and Liv Jensen.
The Mustangs finished ninth in the mixed freestyle relay as Morales, Kline, McKinnon and Gloria Benefield finished in 1:32.42.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Cuesta 9, Pasadena 2; Cuesta 15, Ohlone 5
Ally Bernard scored nine goals in two games to lead Cuesta to two wins and a second- place finish at the Cabrillo College Invitational tournament.
The Cougars (7-5) defeated Pasadena in the early game, behind four goals by Bernard and two by Julia Tartarian.
“We came out very strong against Pasadena,” Cuesta coach Pete Schuler said. “They played a much closer game against (eventual champion) Delta, so we felt good about that.”
Cuesta battled Ohlone to a 5-3 lead after the first quarter and controlled the game from there. It was the third time the Cougars have beaten Ohlone on the year.
Again, Bernard led the way with five goals, and Erin Hasenkamp added three.
“We are still trying to build up our ability to play two strong games in a day,” Schuler said. “And we played two strong games today.”
Cuesta at Bakersfield Duals
Cuesta College split four duals in Bakersfield.
The Cougars defeated Victor Valley 28-15 and East Los Angeles 29-22, and lost to Sacramento City 34-9 and Mt. San Antonio 33-10.Cuesta performed short-handed, missing undefeated freshman Sean Dougherty.
“I think going .500 right now, being a little banged up, was pretty good,” Cuesta coach Joe Dansby said. “We looked at the other teams and felt like we will be in a good position when we are fully loaded.”
Chris Diaz, competing in the 125-pound class, won each of his matches on the day for a perfect 4-0 record. At 197, Dan Colbert went 3-1.