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No. 15 Mustangs Earn 13th Straight Win with Sweep Over CSUN Friday

No. 15 Mustangs Earn 13th Straight Win with Sweep Over CSUN Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly volleyball team won its 13th consecutive match Friday with a sweep over CSUN (25-17, 25-16, 25-17) in front of over 2,000 fans inside Mott Athletics Center.

The No. 15 Mustangs (14-1, 4-0 BWC) were led by junior Torrey Van Winden who finished with a match-high 18 kills for her 10th straight match with double figure kills. She continues to hit a high hitting percentage with a .457 average Friday. She also posted eight digs and two blocks. Senior Adlee Van Winden recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs to go along with three service aces. Senior libero Katherine Brouker had a match-high 14 digs and freshman setter Avalon DeNecochea finished with a match-high 29 assists to pace Cal Poly.

The Mustangs held the Matadors (5-10, 1-2 BWC) to an .062 hitting percentage while hitting .278 themselves on their way to their fifth straight sweep and extend their home winning streak to 15 consecutive matches dating back to 2016, continuing the longest in program history.

The first set began as the closest of the three. The two teams went back-and-forth until, tied at 11, Cal Poly scored five straight points to take a 16-11 lead, its first lead of the set. Thanks to a combination of blocks and kills by the Mustangs, they then went on to take a 23-16 lead. Up 23-17, a kill by freshman Meredith Phillips followed by a block by Phillips and DeNecochea finished the set for Cal Poly 25-17. In the set, the Mustangs held CSUN to a -.023 hitting percentage.

Cal Poly started the second set by getting out to a 5-1 lead. Up 9-6, the Mustangs scored six straight points to establish a 15-6 lead. They later led by as much as 20-8. The Matadors put small runs together to get it as close as 24-16. A kill by Phillips won the set for the Mustangs 25-16.

The third set began similar to the second with Cal Poly getting out to a 6-1 lead. Up 11-9, the Mustangs got hot, scoring six straight points to get a comfortable 17-9 lead. Up 20-10, CSUN was able to put together a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 22-17. Cal Poly then scored three straight points via two Matador errors and a DeNecochea and Phillips block to complete the sweep 25-17.

The Mustangs return to Mott Athletics Center Saturday to take on Long Beach at 7 p.m. The 49ers currently sit in second place in the Big West.