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Cal Poly Volleyball Travels to Utah for Three-Match Tournament

Cal Poly Volleyball Travels to Utah for Three-Match Tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly volleyball team will look to continue its successful start to the season this weekend at the Utah State Invitational in Logan, Utah.

Friday's first serve of the tournament will be at 9 a.m. PDT vs. Loyola Marymount (3-0) inside Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the Utah State campus. The No. 24 Mustangs (2-1) will then play again Friday at 3:30 p.m. PDT against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (2-1). Cal Poly will then return Saturday to face host Utah State (1-2) at 1 p.m. PDT.

To follow live scoring for all three matches, click here. Video of the match against Utah State can be viewed at this link.

The No. 24 Mustangs went 2-1 last weekend at the Panther Challenge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They beat Pepperdine 3-1 before falling to No. 20 Pittsburgh (now No. 14) 3-1. They then swept Butler 3-0 on Saturday to finish 2-1. Junior outside hitter Torrey Van Winden and sophomore middle blocker Madilyn Mercer were both named to the All-Tournament team. Van Winden averaged 4.64 kills per set while totaling 29 digs and eight digs. Mercer finished the tournament with 23 digs and team-leading 14 blocks.

Mustangs No. 24 in AVCA Top 25: After the first week of the season, Cal Poly stayed at No. 24 in the AVCA Top 25 Poll. Previously, the Mustangs were ranked No. 24 in the AVCA Preseason Top 25, the first time since 2008 Cal Poly was ranked in the Preseason Poll.

After going 27-3 last year, the Mustangs ended the season ranked No. 22 in the final AVCA Top 25 Poll. At one point during the season they were ranked as high as No. 21. In last year's AVCA Preseason Poll they were in the 'others receiving votes' category before breaking into the Top 25 October 9.

Cal Poly Picked To Repeat As Big West Champion: After capturing its first Big West title in 10 years, Cal Poly was selected to repeat as the Big West Conference women's volleyball champion after claiming five first-place votes en route to a 77-point total, as voted on by the nine head coaches.

The University of Hawai'i secured the remaining four first-place votes to lock down the second spot with 75 points. UC Irvine followed in the third slot with 62 points, while Long Beach State registered 48 points to rank fourth and UC Santa Barbara was close behind in fifth place with 45 points. The Aggies of UC Davis nabbed 38 points for the sixth spot and was followed by CSUN (30), UC Riverside (18) and Cal State Fullerton (12).

The Mustangs are coming off a year where they posted the program's best overall record of 27-3, a perfect 16-0 Big West Conference mark and an undefeated home record for the first time since 2007. Led by 2017 AVCA Pacific North Coach of the Year Sam Crosson, Cal Poly posted its first NCAA Tournament win since 2007.

RETURNING POWER: The Mustangs return four players who earned Big West postseason awards this past season in seniors Adlee Van Winden and Katherine Brouker, junior Torrey Van Winden and sophomore Madilyn Mercer. Torrey and Adlee Van Winden were both named to the First Team All-Big West as well as AVCA All-American Honorable Mention. Brouker received Honorable Mention honors and Mercer was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team a year ago.

NEW FACES: This season the Mustangs welcome seven newcomers to the team. They added five freshmen and two transfers, one from Duke and one from Pepperdine.

MUSTANGS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: As a team, the Mustangs concluded 2017 ranked in the nation's Top 10 in kills per set (2nd - 15.07), assists (4th - 14.06), win/loss percentage (5th - .900) and hitting percentage (7th - .310).

Individually, junior Torrey Van Winden finished sixth in the nation last season in kills per set (4.72), second in the Big West.

BROUKER DIGGING THROUGH THE RECORD BOOKS: Mustang senior libero Katherine Brouker is fourth in program history for digs per set, with 3.79.

Last season, she finished fifth in the Big West in digs and was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 30.

VAN WINDENS MAKING HISTORY: The sister duo of senior Adlee Van Winden and junior Torrey Van Winden continue to make their marks on Cal Poly volleyball history.

Last season, Torrey finished the year with 4.83 kills per set. That was good for second highest kills per set average in program history. She compiled a total of 488 kills, seventh most in a single season in program history.

Heading into her senior season, Adlee has a career 3.64 kills per set average. She currently sits seventh in program history for career kills per set average.

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Upcoming home matches in Mott Athletics Center feature several community events and fan giveaways:

Sept. 6 (Thur., 7 p.m.) • vs. UCLA
2017 Big West Champions banner ceremony

Sept. 28 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. CSUN
Youth Night – all kids 13-and-under receive free admission, with a postgame autograph session with the team courtside