#21 Cal Poly Hits .467 in Sweep of UC Davis to Stay Perfect in Big West Play

  0 Derek Johnson | November 11th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • #21 Cal Poly def. UC Davis 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-16)
  • #21 Cal Poly improves to 23-2 (13-0, Big West); UC Davis falls to 15-12 (7-7, Big West)
  • San Luis Obispo, California (Big West Match)
  • Attendance: 2,234
  • Box Score

San Luis Obispo, California – #21 Cal Poly remained undefeated in Big West action as they utilized a dominant attack and aggressive serving to quiet UC Davis. The win inches the Mustangs one win closer to clinching at least a share of the Big West title, as they have a two-match lead on Hawaii with now three to go.

In total, Cal Poly hit .467 for the match – an incredibly high rate that saw balance with four players notching six or seven kills and Torrey Van Winden leading the way with 11. The lowest rate of those fiveplayers was .267, as Van Winden hit .476 while Madilyn Mercer and Adlee Van Winden each hit at a .700 or better scorching rate.

It’d be hard to lose any match with that attack, but they only increased their chances with an aggressive serve that was at times deadly and other times inaccurate. They posted seven aces and 14 serve errors – both high totals. But the aggressiveness went beyond aces and errors, as it kept UC Davis out of system at times and assisted in Cal Poly holding the Aggies to a .138 clip despite Kelechi Ohiri (seven kills) hitting .375.

In all three sets, those two advantages were on full display as Cal Poly pulled ahead in the early to middle portions of the games. Each score ended identically in doing so, as they held healthy leads throughout to a trio of 25-16 set wins and the match victory.

Next up, Cal Poly has senior night with a meeting against fellow top three Big West squad UC Irvine. For UC Davis, they stay on the road as UC Santa Barbara is their next opponent on Saturday.


Courtesy of Cal Poly:

SAN LUIS OBISPO— Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden had a team-high 11 kills, hitting .476 and had three blocks to lead the Cal Poly volleyball team in a sweep over UC Davis Friday night at Mott Athletics Center (25-16, 25-16, 25-16) for its 18th straight win.

The Mustangs (23-2, 13-0) can now clinch the Big West Conference Championship with a win Saturday over UC Irvine. It would be the first time since 2007.

Senior setter Taylor Nelson finished with 28 assists to surpass the 1,000 assist mark for the season. Junior Adlee Van Winden, senior Raeann Greisen and freshman Madilyn Mercer each posted seven kills. Senior Savannah Niemen finished with six kills. Junior libero Katherine Brouker had a team-high nine digs.

Cal Poly outhit the Aggies (15-12, 7-7) in each of the three sets, including hitting .500 in both the first and third sets. Cal Poly hit .467 for the match, their second highest hitting percentage match of the season.

The teams traded points to begin the first set before the Mustangs pulled away. Up 9-7, Cal Poly went on a 7-1 run to go up 16-8. They would not look back from there and would go on to win the set 25-16.

The second set would prove to be similar to the first. The first part of the set was back-and-forth before, up 12-10, the Mustangs would go on an 8-2 run to go up 20-12. They would go win the set 25-16.

Up 9-7 in the third set, Cal Poly went on a 6-2 run to take a 15-9 lead. The Aggies would cut the lead to as close as four but the Mustangs would hang on to win the set to complete the sweep.

Cal Poly will look to clinch the Big West title and go perfect at home for the first since 2007 Saturday against UC Irvine. First serve for the match is 2 p.m. Saturday will also be senior day as the three seniors, Savannah NiemenRaeann Greisen and Taylor Nelson will have their careers honored before the match.

Courtesy of UC Davis:

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior middle blocker Kelechi Ohiri hit 7-1-16 for a .375 average while freshman outside hitter Mahalia White posted a match-high 11 kills, but UC Davis went down in straight sets, 25-16, 25-16, 25-16, to 22nd-ranked Cal Poly in Big West Conference women’s volleyball action at Mott Athletics Center Friday night.

The Aggies move to 15-12 for the season and even their conference mark to 7-7. The Mustangs improve to 23-2 overall and remain unbeaten in Big West play at 13-0.

White recorded three kills in each of the first two sets, then put down five in the third-set finale. Ohiri led UC Davis with 4-for-7 attacking in the opener, while supplying three blocks at the net. Freshman setter Paloma Bowman was the Aggies’ digs leader with eight.

For Cal Poly, UCLA transfer Torrey Van Winden had 11 kills with just one error en route to a .476 average. She was the only Mustang with double-digit offense, although Madilyn Mercer and Adlee Van Winden each provided seven kills without an error. As a team, Cal Poly hit .467 with just six total attack errors on 75 swings.

UC Davis never led in the opening set and did so only briefly in the second. The Aggies did manage 12 kills and a solid .290 team average in that first set, but a 6-0 run highlighted by a pair of Raeann Greisen kills propelled Cal Poly to a 14-7 lead midway through the frame. Ohiri and White each had a kill and a block down the final stretch, but the Mustang lead proved insurmountable.

The Aggies hit an even .000 in the second set, managing just six kills with six attacking errors. Meanwhile, the Van Winden sisters combined for 8-for-12 on the attacking chart to give Cal Poly a 2-0 match lead at the break.

UC Davis battled its host to six ties in the early going of the third set until a Torrey Van Winden solo stuff highlighted a 6-1 Mustang run that resulted in a 14-8 lead. White and Ohiri put away three kills to reduce that deficit to four at 15-11. Cal Poly hit .500 in the third set thanks to a 13-2-22 offensive line score.

The Aggies finish their Central Coast road trip with a 7 p.m. match at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation’s best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.

Season and single-game tickets for all UC Davis fall sports are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at UCDavisAggies.com. 

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