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College roundup: Cal Poly beach volleyball team stays alive at Big West tournament

The fifth-seeded Cal Poly beach volleyball team earned a pair of wins and lost a match at the first-ever Big West Conference Beach Volleyball Tournament on Friday in Huntington Beach.

The Mustangs beat CSU Bakersfield 3-2, before falling to top seeded Hawaii 5-0 and avoided elimination by beating Sacramento State 4-1.

Cal Poly will play the winner of No. 3 CSUN-No. 4 CSU Bakersfield at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.

The Mustangs’ loss to Hawaii moved them into the elimination bracket, where they must win out to remain in the tournament.

Hawaii will face second-seeded Long Beach State on Saturday and will face the survivor from the elimination bracket at 1:30 p.m. If necessary, a second match will be at 3 p.m.

Cal Poly’s Anna Gorman and Savannah Nieman clinched the first win of the day for the Mustangs with a final set 17-15 win over CSU Bakersfield.

After the sweep by Hawaii, Cal Poly won four of a possible five matches to eliminate Sacramento State.


Long Beach State 14, Cal Poly 3

The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first innings, but then were routed in Long Beach.

Cal Poly (25-15, 7-3 Big West Conference) remains tied for the lead in the conference.

Michael Sanderson had an RBI, and Kevin Morgan hit a two-run double for the Mustangs. Kyle Marinconz had two hits, and Brett Barbier had a hit and two walks to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Long Beach State (24-16, 7-6 Big West) had 21 hits and blew the game open with a seven-run seventh inning.