Stockton, Calif. - Kicking off a two-match home stand on Friday, October 12, the Pacific women's volleyball team cruised to a dominating 3-0 sweep of Cal Poly in front of family, friends and past Tiger greats. With their alumni in the building, the Tigers improved to a perfect 6-0 at home at the Alex G. Spanos Center while moving their record to 16-3 on the year and 4-2 in the Big West. The loss for the Mustangs dropped their record to 1-17 overall and 0-6 in confernce play.
Set scores for the match were: 25-12, 25-14, 25-12.
Opening their lone home stand of October with their tilt against the Mustangs, the Tigers put on a show for the home faithful in the Spanos Center as Pacific hit a season-best .404 while defensively dominating the Mustangs on the other side of the net. Led by its trio on the pins, the Tigers posted 40 kills and just seven errors on 89 attacks to down Cal Poly in just over an hour as freshman Kimmy Whitson guided Pacific's attack with 35 assists. Overall, the Tigers saw all three of their pin hitters reach double-figures in kills as freshman Kat Schulz led the way with 12 kills and no errors on .571 hitting. Junior Megan Birch added 10 kills (.421) and senior Gabby Cowden posted 10 (.318), as well, to round out Pacific's top scoring.
In addition to their dominating performance offensively, the Tigers clamped down on the Mustangs defensively as Cal Poly was allowed to hit just .057 in the match. Pacific used a stifiling block to alter Cal Poly's attack throughout the night while allowing its backrow defense to pick up the loose balls. At the net, the Tigers outblocked the Mustangs 9.0-to-2.0 as Pacific saw its sophomore middle, Gillian Howard, get her hands on eight of the nine blocks to set a new three-set high for her young career. She would also add five kills on just nine attacks to finish with a .556 hitting percentage. Along the backline, Schluz along with freshman Mia Feiner led Pacific's efforts with 12 digs a piece as Schulz earned her second-straight and 10th overall double-double for the Tigers.
The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, October 13 when they host UC Santa Barbara. The match is scheduled for 7:00 pm. During the match the Tigers will Play Pink in support of breast health awareness.