No. 14 Mustangs draw San Diego in first-round of NCAA Tournament

Posted at 9:24 PM, Nov 25, 2018

After winning the Big West Conference regular season title to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, the Cal Poly volleyball team was selected as the No. 2 seed in the USC sub-regional and will play San Diego in the first-round in Los Angeles.

The No. 21 Mustangs will play the Toreros Friday at 6:00 p.m inside the Galen Center. The winner will go on to face USC or Samford on Saturday at 7 p.m.

USC was selected as the No. 11 national seed. The top 16 seeds are selected as host schools.

San Diego is making its ninth straight NCAA Tournament appearance out of the West Coast Conference. They received an at-large bid after finishing the regular season with an overall record of 16-12. They currently have an RPI of 47. Cal Poly’s current RPI is 25. Cal Poly is 6-10 all-time against San Diego with the Toreros, having won the last four meetings. The last time they played each other was Sept. 8, 2012, coincidentally at a tournament hosted by USC, with San Diego winning in a sweep. The last win for the Mustangs over San Diego was a sweep in 2000.

As for the other two schools, Cal Poly has never faced Samford. Against USC, the Mustangs are 5-13 with the last meeting coming in 2012 with the Trojans sweeping. USC has swept the last four meetings with Cal Poly. The last win for the Mustangs over the women of Troy was in 1986.

Cal Poly finished the regular season with a 25-2 record and 15-1 in the Big West for its second consecutive Big West title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Overall, this will be the 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and first time making it to back-to-back tournaments since 2006-07. Last year, the Mustangs swept Denver in the first-round before falling to UCLA in the second round 3-1. Cal Poly volleyball has never advanced past the third-round in the NCAA Tournament.

Live stats and video links will be posted on the schedule page later this week. To purchase tickets for the matches at USC, click here or call (213) 740-GOSC.

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