#24 Cal Poly Rebounds to Defeat Hawaii in Five

  0 Jesse Birdsall | October 08th, 2017 | Big West, News


  • #24 Cal Poly def. Hawaii 3-2 (16-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-9)
  • Cal Poly moves to 16-2, 6-0 Pac-12; Hawaii falls to 11-6, 5-1 Big West
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Attendance: 6894
  • Box Score

Both Cal Poly and Hawaii came into this match undefeated in conference. With the Big West auto bid in question, this match was pivotal for both teams. Hawaii came out of the gates on fire taking the first two sets, but Cal Poly’s impact players, the Van Winden sisters came up big for their team and the Mustangs took the next two. With almost identical set scores these two teams were evenly matched heading into the fifth, but some untimely errors on Hawaii’s side gave Cal Poly too much momentum and they took the fifth set.

The star players for both sides showed up big in this match. After the first two sets, Torrey Van Winden was unstoppable for Cal Poly and she finished the match with 25 kills (.313), 1 assist, 13 digs and 1 ace. Her sister, Adlee Van Winden came up with some incredible digs and backrow attacking notching 14 kills (.200), 1 assist, 3 service aces, 1 block assist and 17 digs.

For Hawaii, McKenna Granato continued her strong play with 20 kills (.232), 3 block assists and 4 digs. Emily Maglio was moved around the court hitting out of the middle, right side and back row at times to finish with 11 kills (.258), 1 assist, 4 solo blocks, 6 block assists and 3 digs.

Both teams put on great defensive shows with Hawaii’s 16 blocks to Cal Poly’s 5, however Cal Poly outdug Hawaii 84 to 72. Hawaii will travel to Long Beach next week and Cal Poly will head to UCSB for their next match.


Courtesy of Hawaii Athletics

HONOLULU—The University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team fell in a five-set match to Cal Poly on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawai’i came out with all cylinders clicking to take the first two sets. But after the intermission, the ‘Bows lost their momentum as they struggled in the final three sets. Cal Poly defeated UH, 25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 9-15. Junior outside hitter led Hawai’i with 20 kills while senior middle hitter tied her career-high with a match-high 10 blocks. The Mustangs snapped UH’s nine match-win streak to improve to 16-2 overall and 6-0 in the Big West. The Rainbow Wahine fell to 11-6 overall and 5-1 in conference.

Three Rainbow Wahine finished with double-digit kills, led by Granato who tallied at least 20 kills for the sixth time this year. It was also the 11th time that she’s registered double-digit kills. She hit .232 on the night with seven errors in 56 attacks. She also added a pair of service aces with eight digs and a block.

Maglio tied her career high set just a night ago with 10 total blocks and set a new career-high with four solo blocks against the Mustangs. She also recorded her first career double-double with 11 kills and 10 blocks. It marked the seventh time in the last eight matches that she recorded over 10 kills.

Iosia went past the 1,600 career assist mark and she notched her 10th double-double of the season with 48 assists and a team-high 18 digs. She was also in on three blocks and had three kills and a service ace to fill the stat line.

Casey Castillo reached the 200 career kill mark and ended the match with 11 kills, six digs and two blocks for the night.

After moving up to No. 5 in UH’s career record books in digs, senior libero Savanah Kahakai recorded her 13th double-digit dig match—including the last seven straight. She raised her career dig total to 1,258 and is now chasing Tara Hittle who is at No. 4 with 1,315 total digs.

Hawai’i got off to a fast start, jumping out to an 9-3 lead which forced Cal Poly to call an early timeout when trailing by five points. UH would keep the Mustangs at bay, never letting Cal Poly get closer than three points for the set. The Manoa Roofing Company recorded five blocks in the frame—Maglio was in on four of the five.

In the second set, UH started strong again, leading by as much as five at 10-5. But a series of miscues by the ‘Bows led to UH calling timeout with a 10-8 lead. But Cal Poly would keep things going, eventually on a 9-to-0 run to take a 14-10 lead. But the ‘Bows would immediately respond by going on a 4-0 run of their own to tie the frame at 14-14. The set would be tied five more times before UH was able to pull away for the 25-22 win in Set 2 to go up 2-0.

The third set saw the Mustangs come out on fire, using a 9-0 run to take a 9-1 lead. Hawai’i tried to battle back, but Cal Poly pulled away to down UH, 25-15.

Cal Poly started the fourth set like they did the third set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead from which UH was not able to recover from. The Mustangs led by as many as seven points at 12-5, but UH would chip away and came within one point at 22-21. But Cal Poly then closed out the set, winning 25-22.

The fifth set saw four ties early before the Mustangs went on a 5-to-1 run to take a 9-5 lead that UH could not come back from. The Mustangs cruised to a 15-9 win to capture the match.

The Mustangs were led by Torrey Van Winden who hit .312 with 25 kills and five errors in 64 swings. Taylor Nelson dished out a match-high 50 assists and Katherine Brouker had a match-high 26 digs.

It was the first time that Cal Poly defeated Hawai’i since Sept. 14, 2006 when they also outlasted the ‘Bows in five sets. The Mustangs snapped their 13-match losing streak to UH with Saturday’s win.

It is also the first time that UH has lost six matches in the Stan Sheriff Center. The last time UH lost at least six home games was in 1993 when the ‘Bows fell in seven home matches and finished at 19-11. The last time a UH team lost a five-set home match after taking a 2-0 lead was against Penn State on Sept. 2, 2005.

Saturday night was “Dig Pink” night as the Rainbow Wahine wore special pink Under Armour jerseys in recognition of breast cancer awareness.

Next up, the Rainbow Wahine head on their second roadtrip of the season to take on Long Beach State on Friday, Oct. 13 and CSUN on Satruday, Oct. 14. Both matches will be at 4:00 p.m. HT.

Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics

HONOLULU— Torrey Van Winden‘s sixth double-double of the season helped lead Cal Poly to a thrilling five-set comeback victory after dropping the first two sets against Hawai’i to give the Mustangs its 11th straight win (25-16, 25-22, 25-15.25-22, 15-9) in front of a packed house at the Stan Sheriff Center.

It is the Mustangs (16-2, 6-0) fifth win all-time against the Rainbow Wahine (11-6, 5-1) and the first since 2006. Cal Poly now sits alone at the top of the Big West standings at 6-0.

The first set saw Hawai’i get out to a quick 9-3 lead. Cal Poly got it back to 14-11 but thanks to five blocks, a .351 hitting percentage and only two attack errors, the Rainbow Wahine were able to win the first set 25-16.

Tied at four in the second set, Hawai’i scored five straight points to go up 9-4. Down 10-5, the Mustangs would score nine straight points to go up 15-10. Hawai’i would tie it at 14 and the teams would trade points until, up 21-20, the Rainbow Wahine scored four of the last six points to win 25-22.

The Mustangs would turn it around in the third, getting out to a 9-1 lead early on. Hawai’i would get it back to as close as 13-8 but Cal Poly would extend the lead to 22-13 and wouldn’t let up, winning the set 25-15. The Mustangs hit .385 in the third while only committing two attack errors.

“The girls hashed out what they needed and came out in the third set as an entirely different team,” head coach Sam Crosson said.

Cal Poly got out to a 12-5 lead to begin the third set before a Rainbow Wahine run got it back to 13-11. The Mustangs would stretch the lead to 22-16 before another Hawai’i run cut the lead to 22-21. Up 24-22, an Adlee Van Winden kill would finish the set to force the fifth and deciding set.

The teams would trade points to begin the fifth set before Cal Poly would take an 8-5 lead as the teams switched sides. The Mustangs would extend the lead to 13-7, then up 14-9, Torrey Van Winden‘s 25th kill would complete the comeback for the Mustangs. Cal Poly hit .407 and only committed one error in the final set.

The sophomore finished with a match-high 25 kills (18 of those coming in the final three sets) to go along with 13 digs, hitting .312 for the match. Junior Adlee Van Winden also put up a double-double with 14 kills and 17 digs as well as a team-high three aces.

Reigning Big West Player of the Week Taylor Nelson lead the way in assists with 50 to go along with 12 digs. Senior Raeann Greisen added 12 kills and junior libero Katherine Brouker finished with a season-high 26 digs.

“The overall ability of this group to come together when facing adversity is a very positive characteristic they have developed,” Crosson said. “We were at the lowest of lows and the highest of highs in this match.”

Hawai’i was lead by McKenna Granato who lead the Rainbow Wahine with 20 kills and Emily Maglio who finished with 11 kills and 10 blocks.

Cal Poly is now 2-0 in five-set matches this year. The Mustangs came back to win after losing the first two sets to No. 23 Wichita State earlier in the season.

The Mustangs get a full week to prepare for its next opponent. They will travel to Santa Barbara next Saturday, October 14 to play UCSB at 5 p.m.

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