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No. 12 Mustangs Sweep CSUN, Match Best Start in Program History

No. 12 Mustangs Sweep CSUN, Match Best Start in Program History

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Junior Torrey Van Winden recorded a match-high 20 kills, the sixth time this season she has finished with 20 or more kills, hitting .576 and committing just one attack error to lead Cal Poly to its 17th straight win with a sweep (29-27, 25-14, 25-17) over CSUN Friday on the road.

The win improves the No. 12 Mustangs' record to 18-1 overall, 8-0 in the Big West and matches the best start in program history with the 1985 team that also started 18-1. It also extends their Big West win streak to a program-record 24 consecutive victories.

Senior Adlee Van Winden added seven kills and five digs and fellow senior Katherine Brouker finished with a match-high 18 digs. Cal Poly also got key contributions from freshmen Meredith Phillips and Avalon DeNecochea. Phillips chipped in six kills and DeNecochea dished out a match-high 38 assists.

The Mustangs were extremely efficient as a team. For the match, they finished with a .398 hitting percentage and tied a season-high with 10 service aces.

The two teams traded points in the early part of the first set with neither team holding a lead more than two through the first 14 points. Tied at 7, the Mustangs scored three straight points to take a 10-7 lead. With Cal Poly up 11-8, the Matadors (6-14, 2-6 BWC) responded with an 8-2 run to take a 16-13 lead. Down 19-14, the Mustangs stepped up their game. They went on a 5-1 run to cut the lead to one at 20-19 and eventually tie it a 22. From there, the teams exchanged points, with Cal Poly having three match point chances and CSUN having one. Tied at 27, a service error by the Matadors followed by Torrey Van Winden's seventh kill finished the set for the Mustangs 29-27.

Cal Poly came out strong to start the second set, getting out to an 8-4 lead early. From there, they outscored CSUN 4-2 to take a 12-6 lead. They didn't look back from there, taking a lead as much as 13 at 21-8. Riding a .364 hitting percentage for the set, the Mustangs cruised to a 25-14 set win.

The third set started much closer than the second, with the two teams going back-and-forth. Neither team held more than a two-point lead through the first 26 points of the set. Tied at 11, Cal Poly went on a 4-1 run to take a 15-12 lead. Up 16-14, the Mustangs went on a 5-1 run to take a 21-15 lead. From there, they outscored the Matadors 4-2 to win the set 25-17 and complete the sweep. Cal Poly saved its highest efficiency set for last, hitting .467 in the final set.

Cal Poly has now won 12 of its 18 matches via the sweep, including seven of its eight conference victories this season.

The Mustangs will have a chance to eclipse the 1985 team for best start in program history Saturday when they travel to take on Long Beach State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.