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No. 12 Mustangs Beat 49ers 3-1, Off to Best Start in Program History

No. 12 Mustangs Beat 49ers 3-1, Off to Best Start in Program History

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Senior Adlee Van Winden and junior Torrey Van Winden both recorded double-doubles as the Cal Poly volleyball team took down Long Beach State Saturday 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16) for its 18th win in a row. With the win, the Mustangs (19-1, 9-0 BWC) are off to the best start in program history, surpassing the 1985 team that began 18-1.

In addition to its 18th win in a row, Cal Poly has now also won a program-record 25 consecutive Big West matches dating back to 2016, improves its road record to 6-1 and remains in first place in the Big West.

Adlee finished with a match-high 20 kills, tying her season-high and recorded 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Torrey added 18 kills and a team-high 14 digs for her seventh double-double this season. Junior Jessica McRoskey tied her career-high with nine kills, sophomore Madilyn Mercer also tied her career-high with seven blocks while also adding five kills and freshman setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out 40 assists to pace the Cal Poly offense.

The Mustangs defense was on full display in this match as they totaled a season-high 14 blocks on the night and held the 49ers (13-10, 5-5 BWC) to a .171 hitting percentage.

Cal Poly came out strong out of the gates in the first set, getting out to a 10-5 lead early. Long Beach State then responded with a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 11-10. Up 12-11, the Mustangs went on a 6-1 run to extend their lead to 18-12 and take control of the set. Thanks to 8 kills and a .727 hitting percentage from Adlee Van Winden in the set, Cal Poly went on to take the first set 25-19. As a team, the Mustangs hit .517 and committed just three attack errors.

It was a different story to begin the second set. Long Beach State got out to an 8-3 before Cal Poly responded with a 6-2 run to cut the lead to 10-9. Up 11-10, the 49ers scored three straight points to take a 14-10 lead. The Mustangs were able to again cut the lead to one at 17-16, however, the 49ers then scored four straight points to take a 21-16 lead. They did not look back from there, going on to win the set 25-20 for just the second dropped set by the Mustangs in conference play this season.

Cal Poly began the third set with a vengeance, getting out to a 9-1 lead. The Mustangs later extended their lead to as much as 18-5. Long Beach State got it back to as close as 24-16 but an Adlee Van Winden kill put the set away for the Mustangs 25-16. For the set, Cal Poly was able to hold the 49ers to a .030 hitting percentage while hitting .306 as a team.

The Mustangs started the fourth set with a 6-1 run to force a Long Beach State timeout. They later got out a 16-9 lead. From there, they continued to extend the lead, holding as much as a 22-12 lead. The 49ers then rallied back with a 4-1 run to make it 23-16 and force the Mustangs to call timeout. Following the timeout, a kill from Torrey Van Winden and a block by both Meredith Phillips and Adlee Van Winden won the set for Cal Poly 25-16 and the match 3-1.

The Mustangs travel to Honolulu next week to take on Hawai'I next Friday, October 26 at 10 p.m. PT. Cal Poly will be looking to sweep the season series with the Rainbow Wahine for the second straight year after doing it last season for the first time since 1985.