SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly beach volleyball team, the two-time defending Big West champions, announced its schedule for 2022 on Thursday, culminating in eight days of home games.
This year’s schedule proves to be a challenging one that the program has had with games against six of the other seven teams that were in the NCAA Championships with the Mustangs last season and a total of 14 of the 20 teams that were in the final AVCA. ranked Collegiate Beach Volleyball Poll late last season.
Cal Poly, which is returning five players who earned All-Big West honors last season, will open the season on February 26 in Tallahassee, Florida with games against North Florida and the State of Florida. The Osprey finished 20th in the nation last season, while the state of Florida finished fifth. The Mustangs will play two more games in Tallahassee, Feb. 27, against FAU, which was ranked 12th last year, and TCU, which was ranked 8th at the end of 2021.
The following weekend, March 5-6, Cal Poly travels to Los Angeles for a two-day event hosted by UCLA, last year’s national runner-up. There, the Mustangs will face Stanford, who defeated Cal Poly in the NCAA Championships last year for the program’s first win in the NCAA Championships. They also take on Big West and Long Beach State before taking on Grand Canyon University and UCLA the next day.
Cal Poly’s first home event of the season at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex will take place March 11-12, welcoming the Mustangs to the state of San Jose, Loyola Marymount University, Washington and the state of Arizona. LMU finished third in the nation last season after a run in the NCAA Championships to the semifinals.
Cal Poly will host its second home event the following week of March 20-21 with seven other teams coming to the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex. Those teams include Southern Mississippi, Houston Baptist, Pepperdine, Boise State, Cal, Arizona and Santa Clara. The Mustangs will play against six of those teams, excluding Santa Clara. Three of those teams: Arizona, Cal and Pepperdine were in the top 14 at the end of last season.
From there, the Mustangs will hit the road for the next two weekends. They head to Long Beach to play all six other Big West schools before heading to Palo Alto the following weekend to take on Stanford, Santa Clara, Long Beach State and Saint Mary’s.
On April 15-16, Cal Poly will hold its third annual Center of Effort Beach Volleyball Challenge at the Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex, with four of the teams that finished in the top five in last year’s AVCA Poll coming to San Luis Obispo. On Friday, April 15, the Mustangs face last year’s national champions at USC, followed by another game against Florida State. On Saturday, April 16, they will face UCLA and LMU for the second time.
Last season, Cal Poly finished at home with a 10-3 record.
Cal Poly’s final regular season event is April 22-23 in Salt Lake City. There they will again face Arizona and Boise State, as well as Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah.
For the first time, the Big West Tournament will take place at Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex from April 29-30. The Mustangs will try to win the Big West for the third consecutive season after winning in 2019 and 2021.
The NCAA Championships will again be held in Gulf Shores, Ala. May 6-8. Cal Poly will also try to get there for the third consecutive season.