Mustangs Defeat Long Beach State, Win Ninth Straight

Mustangs Defeat Long Beach State, Win Ninth Straight

LONG BEACH— Four Mustangs reached double-digits in kills as Cal Poly beat Long Beach State in four sets (26-24, 25-10, 25-16, 25-18) Friday to win its ninth straight match and improve to 14-2 and 4-0 in the Big West.

Junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden led all Mustangs in kills with 17 while also adding nine digs. Senior outside hitter Raeann Greisen tied her season-high with 14 kills while fellow senior Savannah Niemen finished with a season-high 13 kills and 3 blocks.

Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden notched her 15th double-figure kill match of the season with 10 while also tallying a team-high 17 digs.

Senior setter Taylor Nelson kept her usual assist pace up, finishing with 50 while also adding 12 digs. Junior libero Katherine Brouker chipped in with 16 digs.

"Overall I was pleased with a lot of parts to our game," head coach Sam Crosson said. "I thought we were good defensively for the majority of the night."

The first set saw both teams changing leads until Cal Poly, down 22-21, scored three straight points. The 49ers (4-12, 1-2) would then score two straight points to tie it at 24. A Greisen kill and a Torrey Van Winden ace would win the set for the Mustangs 26-24.

Cal Poly came out strong in the second set. They took an early 10-3 lead and would never look back, going up 22-7 at one point. The Mustangs hit .405 and committed only one error on their way to a 25-10 set win.

Long Beach State would bounce back in the third set. It was back-and-forth for most of the set until, up 16-14, the 49ers scored seven straight points and would go on to win the set 25-16.

The Mustangs got back on track in the fourth. Down 11-9, Cal Poly went on an 8-1 run. Up 22-18, the Mustangs would score three straight points to win the set and the match.

"It was good to see our team fight through some adversity," Crosson said. "Playing on the road is always tough but I liked our mental fortitude."

Cal Poly will seek to win its 10th straight match Saturday on the road against CSUN. First serve is set for 7 p.m.