#20 Cal Poly Tops Hawaii in 5 to Seize Control of Big West Race

  0 Bill Stadick | October 28th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • #20 Cal Poly def. Hawaii 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 17-15)
  • Cal Poly moves to 21-2 overall, 11-0 Big West
  • Hawaii drops to 15-7 overall, 9-2 Big West
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Attendance: 3,032 (first volleyball sellout since 2006)
  • Box Score
  • VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Week 10)

The #20 Cal Poly Mustangs defeated the visiting Hawaii Rainbow Wahine at home for the first time in program history, notching their 16th straight victory this season and remaining undefeated in Big West play.

Cal Poly was led offensively by senior outside Raeann Greisen, who recorded a season-high 20 kills on .306 hitting. Three Mustangs registered double-doubles: senior setter Taylor Nelson (63 assists, 16 digs), junior outside Adlee Van Winden (17 kills, 18 digs) and her sister, sophomore outside Torrey Van Winden (14 kills, 10 digs). Junior libero Katherine Brouker tallied a career-high 28 digs.

For the Rainbow Wahine, senior middle hitter Emily Maglio recorded a career-high 27 kills, and senior outside Kendra Koelsch added another 14 kills, also a career high. Sophomore setter Norene Iosia registered a double-double (60 assists, 18 digs), and libero Savannah Kahakia tallied 18 digs to move into fourth on Hawaii’s all-time digs list.

In the first set, the Rainbow Wahine led throughout but Cal Poly was able to get within one at 24-23 before a kill by Hawaii’s junior outside McKenna Granato ended the frame 25-23.  The Mustangs responded in set two, building an 18-13 lead then hanging on to a 25-23 victory.

With Cal Poly up 17-11 in the third, Hawaii went on an 11-4 run to lead 22-21 before eventually winning 25-23 on back-to-back Maglio kills. The fourth remained close at 15-13 until Cal Poly went on an 8-3 run to seize control, eventually taking the set 25-18 on a Torrey Van Winden kill.

The tiebreaker set saw 12 ties and six lead changes, with Hawaii reaching match point first on a Granato kill. The Mustangs answered with a Greisen kill then scored the two deciding points on an Adlee Van Winden kill and Hawaii attack error to seal the victory 17-15.

Next up, Hawaii travels to play UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, while the Mustangs wait to host their next opponent on Friday, also UC Santa Barbara.


Courtesy: Cal Poly Athletics

Mustangs Defeat Hawai’i in Epic Five-Set Match in Front of Sellout Crowd

SAN LUIS OBISPO— In front of a deafening sellout crowd at Mott Athletics Center (the first sellout for volleyball since 2006), the No. 23 Cal Poly volleyball team defeated Hawai’i in a thrilling five-set match Friday (25-23, 25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 17-15) that lasted nearly three hours to remain undefeated and in sole first place in the Big West.

With the win, the Mustangs (21-2, 11-0) swept the season series against the Rainbow Wahine (15-7, 9-2) for the first time since 1985 and beat Hawai’i for the first time ever at home. It is also Cal Poly’s 16th win in a row this season.

Before Friday, the last time Cal Poly won a five-set match at home was Nov. 6, 2015 against UC Irvine.

Senior outside hitter Raeann Greisen led the Mustangs with a season-high 20 kills, hitting .306. Junior libero Katherine Brouker set a career-high in digs with 28, while sophomore outside hitter Jessica Mcroskey added 12 digs herself. Senior setter Taylor Nelson finished with 63 assists and a season-high 16 digs and added six kills. Junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden posted 17 kills and a career-high 18 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden finished with another double-double, 14 kills and 10 digs. Senior Savannah Niemen also posted double-digit kills, finishing with 11, hitting .579.

Cal Poly outhit Hawai’i in four of the five sets.

The Rainbow Wahine were led by senior Emily Maglio who finished with a match-high 27 kills, hitting .381.

The first set began with Hawai’i getting out to a 7-3 lead before a Mustangs timeout. Their largest lead at one point was 17-10. Cal Poly was able to get back in the set with an 8-4 run to cut the lead to 22-19. The Mustangs were then able to cut the lead to one at 24-23 before a Hawai’i kill ended the set 25-23.

The two teams traded points to begin the second set. Up 12-10, Cal Poly went on a 6-3 run to take an 18-13 lead. Hawai’i was able to get back in the set and get it back to 22-20. With Cal Poly up 24-21, the Rainbow Wahine scored two straight points before an attack error won the set for the Mustangs 25-23.

Cal Poly controlled the early part of the third set, going up 17-11 at one point. Hawai’i went on an 11-4 run to take the lead 22-21. Tied at 23, two straight kills by Maglio won the set for the Rainbow Wahine 25-23.

The fourth set was back-and-forth for the first half of it. Up 15-13, Cal Poly went on an 8-3 to take a 23-16 lead. Up 24-18, a Torrey Van Winden kill sealed the set for the Mustangs to force a fifth and deciding set.

The fifth set (which is first to 15 points), saw 12 ties and six lead changes as both teams traded points to be tied at 8 as they switched sides. They would continue to go back-and-forth with each, remaining tied at 14. Facing a match point down 15-14, a Raeann Greisen kill tied it again at 15. An Adlee Van Winden kill gave the Mustangs a 16-15 lead before a Hawai’i attack error won the match for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs are now 5-0 at home and will look to remain undefeated at Mott Athletics Center and in conference play next week as they host UCSB Friday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: Hawaii Athletics

No. 23 Cal Poly Edges Hawai‘i In Five Set Heartbreaker

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball (15-7, 9-2 Big West) fought hard, but fell at No. 23 Cal Poly in a five set heartbreaker, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 17-15. Hawai’i senior middle hitter Emily Maglio led all players with a career-high 27 kills and a match-high five blocks while senior libero Savanah Kahakai moved up to No. 4 on the UH career digs list on Friday night at a sold-out Robert A. Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Mustangs improved to 21-2 overall and 11-0 in the Big West while Hawai’i fell to 15-7 overall and 9-2 in conference action.

Maglio pounded her match-high 27 kills on a career-high 63 swings, nearly doubling up on her former career-high of 35 attacks against Baylor earlier this season. She hit .381 with just three hitting errors for the match. She notched double-digits in kills for the 17th match this year—including 12 of the last 13 matches. Maglio recorded team highs in kills and blocks for the 10th and 19th times this season.

In the first set, Kahakai passed former UH standout Tara Hittle, who played from 2004-08, to move into No. 4 alone in the UH career dig record book. Kahakai entered the game needing just three digs to tie Hittle at 1,315 career digs. Kahakai recorded 10 digs alone in the first set and finished the night with 18 total digs. Kahakai now needs 54 digs to tie Tita Ahuna at No. 3 with 1,384 career digs. It marked Kahakai’s 12th straight and 18th overall match with double-digit digs.

Senior outside hitter Kendra Koelsch recorded a career-high 14 kills while hitting .308 for the match with only two errors in 39 attacks. She also contributed with four digs and a block for a career-high 14.5 total points.

Junior outside hitter McKenna Granato also put down 14 kills in the match, but hit .018 with 13 errors in 56 attacks. She tied her career-high with 19 digs to record her ninth double-double of the season. Granato had a match-high three service aces while adding a block. She had double-digit kills for the 16th time this year.

For just the second time in her career, sophomore setter Norene Iosia hit the 60 assist mark in a match. She also posted her 13th double-double of the year as she tied her career-high with 18 digs. Iosia had a hand in three blocks and tied her career high with three kills as she got some swings on the outside with Faith Ma’afala setting in relief.

In the first set, Hawai’i slowly build as big as a seven point lead twice (last at 18-11) but the Mustangs would fight back to close to within one point at 24-23. Granato, however, got a tip-shot kill to give the ‘Bows a 25-23 win in Set 1. Maglio led UH with six kills. It marked Cal Poly’s first home set loss since last year on Oct. 28, 2016 (UC Santa Barbara).

The second set saw both teams fight hard with seven early ties before the Mustangs got things rolling. But after being tied at 8-8, Cal Poly went on a 3-0 run and then held off the ‘Bows until late in the frame. Just as the Mustangs did in Set 1, the Rainbow Wahine closed to within one point at 23-24. But UH’s attack sailed wide allowing Cal Poly to take the second set, 25-23.

Cal Poly jumped out to an early lead and was cruising, building a lead by as many as five points twice, the last coming at 19-14. But the Rainbow Wahine rallied to erase their deficit as they ended the set on an 8-to-2 run to steal Set 3, 25-23.

In the fourth set, Hawai’i kept things close and trailed by just two points at 15-17 before the Mustangs finished the frame on an 8-to-3 run to pull away for a 25-18 set win.

The race to 15 in the fifth and final set was a battle with teams exchanging sideouts that amounted to 12 ties and six lead changes in the fifth set alone. Iosia tied the set at 12-12 on a kill and then a Maglio/Iosia block gave UH a 13-12 lead. Hawai’i had a match-point opportunity at 14-13, but a UH serving error knotted the score at 14-14. The ‘Bows then staved off two Cal Poly match points before the Mustangs earned the win on a UH hitting error to give them the fifth set win, 17-15.

The Mustangs were led by Raeann Greisen‘s 20 kills and match-high five blocks (tied with Maglio). Cal Poly’s setter Taylor Nelson had a match-high 63 assists and Katherine Brouker popped up a match-high 28 digs.

Cal Poly extended their third longest win streak in the nation to 16 and remained undefeated in conference play. It is the first time since 1985 that the Mustangs swept the season series over Hawai’i (both matches were in Honolulu in 1985) and it marked the first time that CP has defeated UH in San Luis Obispo in 12 matches dating back to 1980.

For UH, they are now 3-5 in eight five set matches this year. The eight five set matches is the second most ever for Hawai’i. UH played 10 five set matches in 1984 with a 6-4 record in those 10 matches. The ‘Bows have played seven, five set matches four different times (1986, ’89, 2004, ’12).

Early start for the ‘Bows on Saturday. Their match at UC Santa Barbara (6-15, 5-4 Big West) will start at 2:00 pm HT at the Gauchos’ Rob Gym.

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