Mustangs Sweep Second Match of Nike Classic

Mustangs Sweep Second Match of Nike Classic

EUGENE, Ore. — The Cal Poly volleyball team swept its second match of the Nike Classic Friday night, beating Duquesne 25-19, 25-14, 25-22.

The Mustangs, who fell in the opening match to No. 14 Oregon Thursday, improved to 6-2 on the season with the win.

Sophomore Torrey Van Winden scored Cal Poly's first three points of the opening set. Up 11-9, the Mustangs scored seven straight points thanks in part to kills by senior Savannah Niemen, sophomore Torrey Van Winden, and sophomore Nikki Jackson; as well as back-to-back aces by Niemen.

Torrey Van Winden accounted for seven kills in the first set, while Niemen had 5.

The second set was highlighted by an 8-0 Cal Poly run that was helped by seven Dukes (4-6) attack errors and an Adlee Van Winden ace that put the Mustangs up 21-10. They would not look back from there and go on to win the set 25-14.

That set was led by Adlee Van Winden, who had five kills to go along with two aces.

The third and final set would end up being the closest. There were 13 ties and 8 lead changes in the third set alone. At one point, the Mustangs were down 20-18. However, thanks to 10 kills in the set by Torrey Van Winden, Cal Poly pulled it out 25-22.

"Torrey had a good offensive match," head coach Sam Crosson said. "We tried some new things out offensively. She was certainly up for the task being asked to attack the court from different locations."

As a team, the Mustangs hit .319, had 53 digs and six service aces (two each by Niemen and Adlee Van Winden, Nelson, Brouker). Seven Cal Poly players had three or more kills in the match.

Torrey Van Winden led the Mustangs with 18 kills and hit .425. Senior Taylor Nelson continued her setting dominance with 40 assists and a team-high 12 digs.

"(Taylor) Nelson responded well from last night," Crosson said. "Her decision-making and tempo was much more consistent. She created how she wanted to create and did a really nice job for us."

Abbie Trzeciak and Maria Mosbacher led Duquesne with 12 kills apiece. However, the Dukes were hurt by 19 attack errors in the match.

Cal Poly wraps up the Nike Classic Saturday, facing yet another Top 25 team in Wichita State. The Shockers come into the match ranked No. 23. in the country. First serve is set for 2 p.m.


Photo above of Torrey Van Winden courtesy of Gary Breedlove