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Cal Poly Volleyball Improves to 4-0 After Sweep of Seattle

Cal Poly Volleyball Improves to 4-0 After Sweep of Seattle

SEATTLE — The Cal Poly volleyball team continued its unbeaten streak after defeating Seattle in straight sets (25-19, 25-10, 25-15) Friday night at the Connolly Center on the Seattle University campus to open the Washington/Seattle Tournament.

The Mustangs (4-0), were led by sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden, who had a season-high in kills with 16. Junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden (Torrey's sister), had 10 kills. Senior setter Taylor Nelson led the Mustangs in assists with 34.

"Torrey had a complete match. Offensively it was good to get her out of the front row and back row," said Cal Poly head coach Sam Crosson. "She was consistently good from start to finish."

It was a back-and-forth first set early on between the Mustangs and the Redhawks (1-3). Cal Poly took its first lead at 15-14 and pulled away after that to win the set 25-14. The Mustangs never looked back from there, winning the final two sets in dominating fashion, 25-10 and 25-15.

All 13 Mustang players played in the match.

As a team, the Mustangs had eight service aces, including four from Adlee Van Winden. Defensively, Cal Poly combined for seven blocks and had no blocking errors.

"One of the things clear to us as a staff is our ability to block in transition for points," Crosson said. "When we create block and dig opportunities, when we are locked in with our blocking defense, it serves us very well in all other aspects and really gets us going, along with our serving."

Through the first four matches, Cal Poly has yet to drop a set. Something that they will look to continue Saturday as tournament play rolls on for the Mustangs.

They have two matches scheduled. The first against Santa Clara will be at 10 a.m. They will then take on Washington at 7 p.m. The Huskies come into the match ranked No. 8 in the AVCA National Top 25 poll. Both matches will be played at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus.