Big West: Cal Poly Notches 20th Win with Sweep of UC Irvine, CSUN Edges Riverside in 4

  0 volleymob | October 31st, 2018 | Big West, College - Women's Indoor, News

Big West

  • Oct. 30, 2018


  • Cal Poly def. UC Irvine 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-13)
  • Cal State Northridge def. UC Riverside 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19)

Cal Poly def. UC Irvine 25-19, 25-23, 25-13

  • Cal Poly moves to 20-2, 10-1 Big West; UC Irvine falls to 14-9, 8-3 Big West
  • Box Score 

Courtesy: Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Playing at home for the first time in nearly three weeks, the Cal Poly volleyball team swept UC Irvine (25-19, 25-23, 25-13) Tuesday in front of over 1,000 fans at Mott Athletics Center to earn its 20th victory of the season and remain in first place in the Big West conference.

The No. 17 Mustangs (20-2, 10-1 BWC), avenge Friday’s loss at Hawai’i which snapped an 18-match win streak and their streak of 26 straight wins over Big West opponents. However, Tuesday’s win over the Anteaters (14-9, 8-3 BWC) extends Cal Poly’s program-record home win streak to 19 matches dating back to 2016.

Junior opposite hitter Torrey Van Winden recorded her ninth double-double of the season with a match-high 21 kills, hitting .375, 11 digs and two service aces. Senior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden added nine kills and seven digs. Senior libero Katherine Brouker finished with a match-high 17 digs, freshman middle blocker Meredith Phillips added six kills and freshman setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out a match-high 39 assists to pace the offense.

Cal Poly got out to a fast start to begin the match. They took a 7-3 advantage early before UC Irvine cut the lead to 9-7. Up 12-8, the Mustangs used a 5-3 run to take a six point lead. Up 19-14 later in the set, Cal Poly scored four of the next six points to take a 23-16 lead. After the Anteaters cut it to 24-19, a kill by Adlee Van Winden finished off the first set for Cal Poly 25-19. For the set, the Mustangs outhit UC Irvine .343 to .167.

It was a different story to start the second set, with both teams trading points. Neither team held a lead more than two until, tied at 16, Cal Poly scored four unanswered points to take a 20-16 lead. Down 22-17, the Anteaters then scored four straight to make it a one point game. After trading the next few points, the Mustangs held a 24-23 lead and were able to end the set thanks to a kill by Torrey Van Winden, giving Cal Poly the 25-23 win.

The Mustangs saved their best defense for the third set, holding UC Irvine to a .031 hitting percentage for the set. However, the beginning of the set was close, with both teams going back-and-forth. Tied at 8, Cal Poly went on a 9-2 run to take a 17-10 lead. The Mustangs did not look back from there, finishing the set on an 8-3 run to take it 25-13 for their 13th sweep of the season.

Cal Poly has now reached the 20-win mark for the second-year in a row. It is the first time the program has had back-to-back 20+ win seasons since they did it in 2006-07.

The Mustangs go back on the road Friday to take on UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. Cal Poly has won the last three meetings with the Gauchos. Links for live stats and video for that match can be found on the schedule page.

Courtesy: UC Irvine

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – UC Irvine could not rustle away a set from No. 17 Cal Poly, falling to the Mustangs 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-13) at the Mott Athletic Complex.

The Anteaters, who hit just .160 (32-16-100), are 14-9 overall and 8-3 in Big West matches. Cal Poly bounces back from a loss at Hawaii to improve to 20-2 and 10-1 in league play.

>Outside hitter Loryn Carter was errorless with a team-high 10 kills on 22 attempts (.455)
>Middle blocker Makayla Wolfe and outside hitter Abby Marjama each added seven kills
>Torrey Van Winden posted a match-best 21 kills for Cal Poly

>Cal Poly got out to an early 7-2 lead and never surrendered the lead on the way to a 25-19 victory
>UCI made a one run that was started by a kill and an ace by Loryn Carter and ended with a block by Abby Marjama and Idara Akpakpa to close to 9-7, but the Mustangs would rattle off the next three points to remain in control

>The teams would not be separated for more than two points for most of the set until Cal Poly scored four straight after being tied at 16-16. Three of the four points in the run came from UCI attack errors
>Cal Poly was up 22-18 before the Anteaters came to life recording three straight kills, one by Marjama and two from Carter to close within 22-21
>The teams would just trade points to end the set, giving Cal Poly a 25-23 win on a Torrey Van Winden kill

>Cal Poly held a one point lead then closed out the set out-scoring UCI 12-3 to complete the sweep 25-13

>It is only the fourth time this season UCI has been swept
>Erin Alonso led UCI with 11 digs followed by Haley DeSales with 10. DeSales has recorded double figure digs in 22 of 23 matches
>UCI has lost seven straight outings against the Mustangs
>The Anteaters out-blocked Cal Poly 4-3, the 10th time they have out-blocked an opponent

>UCI stay on the road traveling to UC Riverside Friday for a 7:00p.m. match at the SRC


Cal State Northridge def. UC Riverside 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19)

  • CSUN moves to 7-17, 3-9 Big West; UC Riverside falls to 7-15, 2-8 Big West
  • Box Score

Courtesy: Cal State Northridge Athletics

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Senior Aeryn Owens and junior Morgan Salone each had 13 kills to lead the CSUN Matadors to a 3-1 victory over UC Riverside Tuesday in a Big West Conference match at The Matadome.

The 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19 win snaps a five-match skid for the Matadors who improve to 7-17 overall and 3-9 in the Big West. The visiting Highlanders slip to 7-15 to overall and 2-8 in conference play.

• Owens and Salone tied for match-high honors with 13 kills apiece with Salone hitting .357 while posting six blocks (two solo). Owens connected at a .263 clip on 28 swings and narrowly missed her 10th double-double of the season after adding nine digs.
• Senior Nada Dragovic added seven kills (.143) while freshmen Lexi McLeod and Nicole Nevarez each chipped in six kills. McLeod also added six digs and two aces.
• Junior setter Kamalu Makekau-Whittaker notched her third double-double of the season with 24 assists and 10 digs along with one ace.
• Senior libero Kristey Markle led all players with 19 digs while also matching her season-high with three aces.
• CSUN out-hit UC Riverside .212 to .126 and out-blocked the Highlanders 10.0 to 6.0.
Nailah Jones the Highlanders with 13 kills while Chelsea Doyle added 40 assists and 14 digs.

“We outscored them and we kept our errors to a minimum which are the two things you need to do; produce more points and not give your opponent quite as many. We had a good blocking night and our hitting efficiency was ok. We’re still looking for more point production out of more players but the good thing is we’re putting ourselves into position to do that. This win will build some confidence and I think this team is capable of winning a good portion of these upcoming matches at the end of the year.”

The Matadors dominated the opening set, hitting .455 to .189 for the visitors. An Owens kill gave CSUN an early 5-3 lead before UCR rallied behind a 7-2 run to take a 10-7 lead. A Highlander service error cut the lead to 10-8 and an ensuing 4-1 Matador run put CSUN back in front 12-11 following a Dragovic and Salone co-block. Neither team led by more than one until an Erin Indermill setter dump sparked an 8-1 run CSUN run. UCR saved one set point at 24-18 before a Dragovic kill ended the set 25-19.

The visitors held leads of 9-6 and 13-8 in the second set before a 4-0 Matador run cut the lead to 15-14. UCR quickly built the lead back to three at 18-15 when CSUN used a 4-0 run to force a Highlander timeout at 19-18. Three straight Highlander points out of the timeout put the visitors back in front 21-19. Still trailing by two at 23-21, the Matadors took advantage of a pair of UCR hitting errors along with kills from Dragovic and Owens to close the set on a 4-0 run.

Neither team led by more than two points until the Highlanders got a kill from Yuliya Ushakova to open up a 17-14 cushion. Three straight Matador points knotted the score before a 4-1 UCR run looked to put the visitors comfortably in front 21-18. Another 3-0 CSUN run forced a Highlander timeout at 21-21 but UCR was able to regain control of the set by outscoring the Matadors 4-1 down the stretch to pull out the 25-22 win.

A pair of UCR hitting errors capped a set opening 8-4 CSUN run which forced the visitors into an early timeout. An Owens kill maintained a four-point Matador lead (11-7) before the Highlanders took advantage of three straight CSUN miscues to cut the lead to one at 11-10. The Matadors still led 14-12 when Nevarez and Salone teamed up for another block propelling CSUN on a set clinching 5-0 run that gave the Matadors an insurmountable 19-12 cushion. CSUN’s lead was never less than four points the rest of the way as the Matadors closed the match with the 25-19 win.

The Matadors return home Tuesday to open their final homestand of the season against UC Riverside at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: UC Riverside Athletics

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.— The UC Riverside Women’s Volleyball Team fell 3-1 on the road Tuesday night as the Highlanders earned a 25-22 win in a mist-win 3rd set, but ultimately fell to CSUN.

The Matadors took an early lead grabbing the first two sets, but the Highlanders inched closer each time dropping the 1st set 25-19 and the 2nd 25-23.

With their backs against the wall, UCR rose to the occasion and broke through in the 3rd set taking it 25-22 after winning four of the last five points.

The Matadors would close out the match grabbing the 4th set 25-19.

The Highlander underclassmen again led the attack in Tuesday’s match as freshman Nailah Jones and sophomore Yuliya Ushakova led team with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, and freshman Christina Escamilla trailed just behind with 11.

Senior Chelsea Doyle set-up the offense all night adding 41 more assists to her career total and now sits just 32 back of moving into 2nd in the all-time record books (1st in Division I). She also added 14 digs, which ranked 2nd on the Highlanders.

UC Riverside will now return to the SRC Arena for a four-match home stand beginning this Saturday at 7:00 PM against UC Irvine.

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