Cal Poly Defeats #11 Bruins for a Second Time

  0 Julie Haake | September 08th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, Pac 12


  • RV Cal Poly def. #11 UCLA 3-1, (17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23)
  • RV Cal Poly improves to 7-1, UCLA falls to 4-2
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Attendance: 1,543
  • Match Stats
  • Cal Poly RecapUCLA Recap

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly Mustangs pulled of the four-set win for the second night in a row over the #11 UCLA Bruins in the Mott Athletics Center on Friday night. This is the first time in program history that the Mustangs have defeated a top-15 team two nights in a row and have tied a program record with 13 home wins in a row.

After dropping the first set, Cal Poly rallied back to take the next three and extend their winning streak to six matches. The Mustangs ended the night with a season-high of 10 blocks. Cal Poly hit .248 on the match while UCLA tabbed a .246 clip.

The Mustangs led in nearly every statistical category in the match – kills (63-53), aces (6-2), and assists (58-53).

Torrey Van Windenled the Mustangs to the win with a season-high 26 kills on 58 swings with five errors for a .362 hitting clip, four blocks, and eight digs.Her sister, Adlee Van Winden,also recorded double-digit kills with 13 on a .227 hitting percentage. Meredith Phillipsposted eight kills and a .250 hitting performance along with two digs and six blocks.

Avalon DeNecochea added 50 assists and six digs while Katherine Brouker picked up a team-high 24 digs.

For the Bruins, Jenny Mosser put away 14 kills on a .238 clip and 11 digs for a double-double and Mac May added 12 more while Devon Chang dished out 47 assists and 13 digs for a double-double of her own. Savvy Simo dug a match-high 25 digs on the night as well.

The Mustangs will continue their season in the North Texas Challenge next weekend.


Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the second straight night, the Cal Poly volleyball team defeated No. 9 UCLA 3-1(17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23) Friday at Mott Athletics Center in front of a packed house. The No. 22 Mustangs (7-1) came back after losing the first set to win the next three and hand the Bruins (4-2) its second loss of the season.

The win is now the third all-time against UCLA with the last one coming Thursday night when Cal Poly took down the Bruins 3-1. It is now the second straight night beating a top-10 team, the first time that has happened in program history. The Mustangs have now tied a program record with 13 consecutive home wins dating back to 2016.

Cal Poly has now won six matches in a row, with its only loss coming against No. 20 Pittsburgh.

Junior Torrey Van Winden led all Mustangs with a season-high 26 kills while hitting .362, eight digs and four blocks. Senior Adlee Van Winden added 13 kills and seven digs. Senior libero Katherine Brouker had a team-high 24 digs. Freshman setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out 50 assists, one short of her career-high she set Thursday. Fellow freshman Meredith Phillips finished with eight kills and a team-high six blocks and sophomore Madilyn Mercer had seven kills and four blocks.

UCLA was able to get out to a quick start to begin the first set, taking a 7-3 lead. Cal Poly would then rally back to cut the lead to 10-8. Up 15-12, the Bruins would use a 7-3 run to take a 22-15 lead. From there, they would go on to score three out of the next five points to win the set 25-17. UCLA hit .394 in the first set to take a 1-0 lead.

The Mustangs would bounce back in the second set. This time they were the aggressors right out of the get, taking a 10-5 lead to begin the set. They would never relinquish the lead from that point, eventually extending the lead to 20-13. UCLA would make it close 10-4 run to eventually close the lead to 24-23. However, a Torrey Van Winden kill, one of her six for the set, would win the set for Cal Poly to tie it at 1-1. The Mustangs were able to hold UCLA to a .275 hitting percentage in the second set.

Similar to Thursday, the third set would be all Cal Poly. It would remain close early on in the set. Up 10-7, the Mustangs would go on a 10-3 run to take a 20-10 lead and force a Bruin timeout. Cal Poly would keep their foot on the gas pedal from there as the closest UCLA would get would be 24-19. An Adlee Van Winden kill would finish off the set for the Mustangs 25-19. Torrey Van Winden was in full attack mode in the third set, finishing with 10 kills while hitting .526 and no errors.

The fourth set would start by seeing both teams trading points with neither team refusing to give an inch. That would continue that way, until tied at 21, UCLA would score back-to-back points to take a 23-21 lead and force the Mustangs to call timeout. Following the timeout, Cal Poly would take over. A Torrey kill followed by a UCLA error would tie it at 23. Torrey would then put the exclamation point on the match with back-to-back kills to win the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.

As a team, the Mustangs finished with a season-high 10 blocks, six service aces and out-hit UCLA .248 to .246.

Cal Poly will now take its six-match winning streak to the North Texas Challenge next weekend where they will face Mississippi State, Wichita State and North Texas to wrap up its preseason before conference play begins.

The next home match will be September 18 at 5 p.m. against UC Davis to open Big West play.

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – A pair of Bruins posted double-doubles, while four had double figures in kills, but ninth-ranked UCLA dropped a four-set decision at No. 22 Cal Poly on Friday at Mott Gym. Set scores were 25-17, 23-25, 19-25, 23-25.

Sophomore Jenny Mosser recorded her fifth double-double in a row with 14 kills and 11 digs, while freshman Devon Chang posted her third double-double with 47 assists and 13 digs. Junior Savvy Simo set a new career high with 25 digs. Sophomore Mac May had 12 kills, a career-high six blocks and five digs, junior Madeleine Gates tallied 11 kills and no errors in 22 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage to go with five blocks and senior Kyra Rogers added 11 kills and four blocks.

The Bruins led the whole way in the opening set. UCLA scored six of the first eight points on a kill and solo block by Rogers, kills by freshman Hawley Harrer and Gates and two from Mosser. With the score 16-13, the Bruins scored nine of the last 13 to win it 25-17. May had three kills during the 9-4 run and combined on a block with Rogers, who also had a kill. Gates added a solo stuff, the Mustangs served two errors and Mosser ended the set with a kill. Gates, Mosser and Rogers all had four kills in the opening set, while May added three. Mosser also posted five digs, Chang had four to go with her 14 assists and Simo recorded six digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Mustangs .394 to .222.

The Bruins led 5-4 in set two before Cal Poly scored five of the next six to go up 9-6. The Mustangs led for the rest of the set. Cal Poly’s largest lead was seven before the Bruins made things interesting. Down 24-18, kills by Gates and Mosser, two Mustang attack errors and an ace by freshman Sawyer Aigner-Swesey saved five set points, but Cal Poly got the next one to win the second, 25-23. Mosser had five kills in the second, Simo posted six digs and Aigner-Swesey had four. The Bruins were out-hit .262 to .175.

The only tie in set three was at 5-all. Cal Poly scored 12 of the next 15 to break it open. The Mustangs’ largest lead was 10. The Bruins would get to within five at 24-19 thanks to an 8-3 run, but would lose the third by a tally of 25-19. Gates continued to be error free for the match, adding four kills in the third, as did May, with Rogers notching three. Simo had five digs and Chang had four. The Bruins were out-hit .268 to .235.

The fourth set featured 14 ties and seven lead changes. Down 17-16, the Bruins scored four of five on a May kill and three Cal Poly errors to go ahead 20-18. The back-and-forth continued, as the Mustangs scored the next three, but then UCLA countered with three in a row on a May kill and two straight by Mosser to go ahead 23-21. However, Cal Poly made the final surge with the last four points to win the fourth, 25-23. May and Mosser both had four kills, while Simo added eight digs. The Bruins were out-hit in the fourth, .239 to .200.

The Bruins close out non-conference play on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Free live audio will be available at

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