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Van Winden’s 10th Double-Double Leads Cal Poly to Sweep Over UCSB

Van Winden’s 10th Double-Double Leads Cal Poly to Sweep Over UCSB

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Junior opposite hitter Torrey Van Winden recorded a match-high 17 kills, hitting .350 to go along with 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season to lead the Cal Poly volleyball team to a sweep (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) over UC Santa Barbara Friday in the Thunderdome to sweep the season series for the second consecutive season.

The win is the No. 17 Mustangs' (21-2, 11-1 BWC) 14th sweep this season and second in a row after sweeping UC Irvine earlier in the week. It also keeps them in sole possession of first place in the Big West.

Sophomore and reigning Big West Defensive Player of the Week Madilyn Mercer added eight kills, hitting .438 and a team-high five blocks. Senior Adlee Van Winden also finished with eight kills and seven digs. Senior libero Katherine Brouker had a team-high 14 digs and freshman setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out 32 assists for the Mustangs who hit .280 for the match and help the Gauchos (14-10, 6-6 BWC) to a .160 hitting percentage.

The first set was tightly contested in the early goings with neither team holding a lead more than two through the first 20 combined points. Tied at 10, Cal Poly's offense got going with a 6-1 run to take a 16-11 lead. UCSB then went on a run to cut the lead to 16-14. However, the Mustangs then rolled off five of the next seven points to take a 21-16 lead. Cal Poly did not look back from there. Up 23-18, a kill from Torrey Van Winden followed by Jessica McRoskey sealed the first set for the Mustangs 25-18. It was solid defense leading the way for Cal Poly in the set, holding UCSB to a .025 hitting percentage.

Tied at four in the second set, the Gauchos scored three straight points to take a 7-4 lead. Down 8-5, the Mustangs rallied back to make it a one point game at 10-9. Tied at 12 later in the set, Cal Poly went on a 3-1 run to take its first lead of the set at 15-13. A 5-2 run from that point extended the Mustangs' lead to 20-15. With Cal Poly up 22-16, the Gauchos went on a 7-1 run to tie it at 23. Following a timeout, a kill by Madilyn Mercer and a block by Mercer and McRoskey finished off the set for the Mustangs 25-23.

The third set started out similar to the first two, close early. Tied at 6, Cal Poly scored five unanswered points to take an 11-6 lead. The Gauchos responded by scoring three of the next four points to cut the lead to 12-9. Up 13-10, the Mustangs rattled off a 5-1 run to take an 18-11 lead. With Cal Poly leading 20-13, UCSB put together a 6-3 run to cut the lead to four at 23-19. However, a block by Mercer and McRoskey followed by a Gaucho error completed the sweep for the Mustangs 25-19.

A key for Cal Poly was that they were able to hold UCSB's Lindsey Ruddins, the Big West leader in kills, to 11 kills on 42 attempts and a .143 hitting percentage.

The Mustangs have now won 20 of their last 21 matches. They remain on the road next week, traveling to play UC Davis Thursday and UC Irvine Saturday. After that, they play the final two matches of the season at home against UC Riverside November 16 and Cal State Fullerton November 17.