Highlighted by a trip to Seattle to play Gonzaga, the Cal Poly men’s basketball program unveiled a schedule late Thursday that includes visits to Saint Mary’s, Cal and Fresno State.
The Mustangs, who made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament this past season by winning the Big West Conference Tournament, will also receive a return visit from Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware.
“Our nonconference schedule will once again prepare us for the challenging Big West as we’ll face a variety of teams that feature different offensive and defensive styles,” head coach Joe Callero said in a news release.
The game against Gonzaga comes at the neutral Key Arena in the 12th Annual Battle in Seattle on Dec. 20. Cal Poly (14-20, 6-10 Big West in 2013-14) opens the season at Nevada on Nov. 15 before hosting San Francisco State on Nov. 18 and Delaware three nights later.
The Mustangs will go to Cal on Nov. 26 and Fresno State on Dec. 13.
Cal Poly opens Big West play Jan. 7 at Hawaii and returns home to face rival UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 10 in its conference home opener.
Spectators will be able to get their first look at this year’s team and the first men’s basketball contest on the resurfaced and painted floor at Mott Athletics Center when the program hosts its annual Green versus Gold exhibition Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.
Cal Poly 3, Northern Illinois 1
The Mustangs stayed unbeaten at home with a 25-23, 28-26, 20-25, 25-21 victory over the Huskies in a joint tournament hosted by the Mustangs (5-4) and UC Santa Barbara.
Cal Poly, 4-0 at Mott Athletics Center, got a match-high 18 kills and 24 assists from freshman Taylor Nelson. Fellow Mustangs freshman Raeann Greisen added 14 kills and 15 digs. Nicole Kessler had a match-high 26 digs and Cal Poly’s lone service ace, and Maddie Kuber also had 24 assists.
Mackenzie Roddy led Northern Illinois (7-5) with 14 kills, and Alexis Gonzalez had a match-leading 34 assists for the Huskies.
The Mustangs take their home winning streak into a match with Santa Clara (8-2) today at 8 p.m.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Diablo Valley 13, Cuesta 8; Cuesta 17, West Valley 5
Rachel Gruetzmacher scored a combined nine goals to lead the Cougars (6-2) to a doubleheader split in a tournament at Diablo Valley.
Sam Baker had a match-high five goals in the victory over West Valley, and against Diablo Valley, Cougars goalkeeper Marti-Rae Grois had 12 saves and six steals.
Grois’s efforts and five goals from Gruetzmacher were not enough to prevent Cuesta’s second loss of the season to Diablo Valley.
The Cougars move on to play Foothill at 8 a.m. and Merced at 1:50 p.m. today.