March 2, 2024
Beach Volleyball drops four matchups against highly-ranked opponents

Cal Poly Beach front Volleyball confronted off versus four powerhouses and came out winless on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 in Los Angeles.

The Mustangs (2-12) were swept by UCLA (13-1, 3- Pac-12), Grand Canyon (8-4) and USC (10-), and fell to Stanford (10-5, 2- Pac-12) 3-2.

Saturday vs. No. 3 UCLA

Cal Poly’s early season woes continued with a pair of matchups against extremely-ranked opponents on Saturday, starting with a 5- decline to the Bruins. 

The young duo of sophomore Piper Ferch and freshman Izzy Martinez on the top courtroom pushed established a single into more points in a 24-22 loss. 

Their opponents on court one integrated freshman Maggie Boyd of UCLA, displaying the youth of equally squads that are regular opponents in the NCAA Match.

On court docket a few, senior Kalee Graff and freshman Emma Zuffelato pushed the second established to 23-21 in their decline.

Nonetheless, the Mustangs unsuccessful to gain a established on the Bruins’ home courtroom in the 5- sweep. 

Saturday vs. No. 6 Grand Canyon

Correct right after the activity versus UCLA, the Mustangs took the court docket yet again to facial area off versus GCU, and it finished in an additional sweep of Cal Poly. 

The matchup from the Lopes was not a lot closer than the one particular earlier in the working day. In the No. 3 spot, senior Delaney Peranich and graduate Brooke Golik gained the very first set 21-14 but dropped established two 21-12. 

Peranich performed with junior Julia Soeller in the to start with game right before switching to Golik for the GCU matchup.

Krista Rowan and Anaya Evan of GCU barely edged out the set three victory as opposed to Peranich and Golik, 17-15, which served them finish the 5- sweep. 

Sunday vs. No. 2 USC

Just after Saturday at Mapes Seaside on UCLA’s campus, the Mustangs headed to Merle Norman Stadium at USC, wherever against the household-team Trojans, Cal Poly could not get in a groove and fell 5- nonetheless once more. 

Head mentor Todd Rogers experienced Soeller back again in the lineup on Sunday and has had 18 unique pairings via two months of participate in.

1 of those people pairings is Peranich and Golik. Golik has only performed 4 of the 13 online games because of to accidents and lineup mixings.

The duo of Pernaich and Golik battled but again on courtroom three. Following dropping set just one, the duo went again and forth with the Trojans in a 29-27 set two. On the other hand, this Mustang pairing together with the rest arrived up winless.

Sunday vs. No. 7 Stanford

Cal Poly experienced the best outing in its previous action of the weekend, losing the matchup with the Cardinal 3-2.

The winningest duo of the year, No. 2 senior Jayelin Lombard and junior Piper Naess, flip-flopped for a 21-19 earn then a 21-19 decline in the initial two sets. The third set went down to the wire once more, with the Mustangs coming out on prime 17-15.

No. 3 Peranich and Golik also picked up a earn in opposition to Stanford soon after a pair of slim losses in tiebreakers all through the weekend. 

The pairing won 21-17, 21-10 for Cal Poly’s second place in the 3-2 loss to the Cardinals.

The Mustangs’ program should really ease up slightly as they will experience just one ranked opponent, No. 18 Arizona, in a four-video game weekend on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 in Tucson, Ariz.