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No. 11 Mustangs Travel to Face Second-Place Hawai’i Friday

No. 11 Mustangs Travel to Face Second-Place Hawai’i Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Best start in program history. That's what this 2018 Cal Poly volleyball team is off to at 19-1 after two wins last weekend, surpassing the 1985 team that began 18-1. Coincidentally, that team featured Kelly Strand, the mother of senior Adlee Van Winden and junior Torrey Van Winden.

The No. 11 Mustangs (19-1, 9-0 BWC), who are currently riding an 18-match winning streak and 26 consecutive Big West matches dating back to 2016, will look to extend those streaks when they travel to Honolulu this week to face Hawai'i Friday at 10 p.m. PT.

Links to watch the match and follow live stats can be found above or on the schedule page.

Cal Poly is coming off two road wins last weekend. The Mustangs first took down CSUN 3-0 Friday for its 12th sweep of the season. They then traveled south to Long Beach the next night, beating the 49ers 3-1, dropping just their second set of conference play and making program history with the win. So far this season, Cal Poly is sporting a 6-1 road record.

The Mustangs received big contributions from its key players in both matches. Against the Matadors, junior Torrey Van Winden totaled a match-high 20 kills, hitting .576 and committing just one attack error on 33 attempts. Against the 49ers, it was Adlee Van Winden leading the Mustangs 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 that night as they totaled a season-high 14 blocks on the night and held Long Beach State to a .171 hitting percentage.

The Rainbow Wahine (13-6, 9-1 BWC) are currently second in the Big West, with their only conference loss coming against the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo October 6. They have won four matches in a row and are coming off sweeps over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.

Hawai'i leads the Big West in assists (13.20 per set) and is second in both kills (13.84 per set) and opponent hitting percentage (.185).

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. Last season, the Mustangs beat Hawai'i for the first time since 2006.

Mustangs No. 11 In AVCA Top 25: Cal Poly moved up one spot in this week's is AVCA Top 25 Poll to No. 11 after being No. 12 for the previous two weeks. That is the highest ranking for the Mustangs since 2008, when they were ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll. In the AVCA Preseason Top 25, Cal Poly was ranked No. 24, the first time since 2008 Cal Poly was ranked in the Preseason Poll.

In the most recent RPI Poll released by the NCAA, Cal Poly ranks No. 18 in the nation.

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.

BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY: The Mustangs have gone 19-1 so far this season. That is the best start in program history, eclipsing the 1985 team that began 18-1. Last year's team, which finished as the best in program history at 27-3, began 18-2 through 20 matches.

DOWN GO THE BRUINS: The wins over the No. 9 UCLA earlier this season were the first time Cal Poly beat a top-10 team since 2007 when that team beat No. 9 BYU 3-1. It was also the first time the Mustangs beat UCLA since 1985 and the third all-time.

CROSSON HITS CENTURY MARK: Seventh year head coach Sam Crosson recorded his 100th career win earlier this season in a home win against UC Davis. In doing so, he became the fourth head coach in program history to reach the century mark.

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.

HOME SWEET HOME: Cal Poly has won 18 straight matches at Mott Athletics Center, the longest streak in program history. The Mustangs last lost at home Oct. 28, 2016.

STRONG IN CONFERENCE: Dating back to 2016, the Mustangs have won 26 consecutive Big West matches. Last season, they finished a perfect 16-0 for the first time in program history.

GET OUT THE BROOM STICKS: 12 of Cal Poly's 19 wins this season have come via sweeps, including seven of its first nine Big West matches and have only dropped two sets in conference play so far. Last season, 20 of the Mustangs' 27 wins came via the sweep.

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 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 true freshmen and two transfers, one from Duke and one from Pepperdine.

MUSTANGS AMONG NATIONAL AND CONFERENCE LEADERS: Cal Poly, which boasts one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, leads the Big West in hitting percentage (.294) (sixth in the nation), kills per set (13.97) (25th in the nation), is second in blocks per set (2.22) and assists (13.07) (25th in the nation).

Individually, Torrey Van Winden is third in the Big West in kills (5.03 per set), good for sixth in the nation and first in hitting percentage (.376), 30th in the nation. Sophomore Madilyn Mercer is sixth in the conference in blocks (1.03 per set), freshman setter Avalon DeNecochea is second in the Big West in assists (10.35 per set) and senior libero Katherine Brouker is fifth in the Big West in digs (4.45 per set).

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 3.89.

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 and is on track to surpass both those totals this season.

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.

MUSTANGS ON ESPN3: Cal Poly will have one match remaining that will air on ESPN3. The next will be Poly's road match against UC Irvine November 10 at 7 p.m. That match can be watched on ESPN3.com

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:

Nov. 16 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. UC Riverside
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All Cal Poly instructors and staff receive up to four free tickets.

Nov. 17 (Sat., 7 p.m.) • vs. Cal State Fullerton
Senior Night

Families are also encouraged to sign up for Mustang Kids Club ($10 per child/8th grade or under), as benefits include ongoing free admission to all regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events, birthday cards, free ice cream from Doc Burnstein's and a T-Shirt.

Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang — Cal Poly's student fan group — features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.