- Cal Poly (RV) def. CSUN 3-0, (25-19, 25-20, 25-20)
- Cal Poly moves to 15-2; UCLA drops to 9-7
- Northridge, California
- Attendance: 260
- Box Score
NORTHRIDGE – Cal Poly defeated CSUN, giving the Mustangs their tenth straight win and an undefeated Big West Conference record, on Saturday night in the Matadome.
The Mustangs hit .326 on the night with 43 kills with help from senior setter, Taylor Nelson, with 35 assists. CSUN pounded 41 kills on a .268 clip at the aid of senior setter, Lauren Conati, with 31 assists. The Matadors out-blocked Cal Poly 5-4.
Torrey Van Winden paced the Mustangs with 16 kills, while Raeann Greisen, Adlee Van Winden, and Savannah Niemen added 7 a piece. Both Torrey Van Winden and Niemen hit above .400. Aeryn Owens led the offense for CSUN with 15 kills, hitting .275. Redshirt sophomore, Melissa Eaglin, put away 8 kills with zero errors to hit .571 on the night.
Defensively, Cal Poly out-dug CSUN 33-31. Katherine Brouker, junior libero for the Mustangs, led Cal Poly in digs, with 10. Leading the back row for the Matadors with 9 digs was senior libero, Katie Sato.
Both teams will continue with Big West play next weekend as Cal Poly travels to Hawaii to take on the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday and the Matadors take on UC Davis on Thursday.
Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics
NORTHRIDGE— Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden finished with 16 kills, hitting .452 and posting seven digs to lead Cal Poly to a sweep of CSUN (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) for its 10th straight win.
The Mustangs (15-2, 5-0) are off to the best start a Cal Poly volleyball team has had since the 1985 team that started 18-1.
The first set of the match saw the Mustangs get down 11-4 at one point. They were able to get it back to 14-12, then went on a 8-1 run to go up 20-16 and would go on to win the set 25-19.
It was a back-and-forth second set until, tied at 15, Cal Poly scored three straight points to up 18-15. They would finish the set 10-5 and win 25-20. Torrey Van Winden had 7 of her 16 kills in the second set.
The Matadors (9-7, 3-1) took an early 5-1 lead to begin the third set. Down 13-10, the Mustangs would score six straight points to go up 16-13. They would not look back from there and would go on to win the set 25-20 to win the match.
Junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden posted seven kills and three aces. Seniors Savannah Niemen and Raeann Greisen also added seven kills apiece. Senior setter Taylor Nelson finished with a match-high 35 assists and junior libero Katherine Broukerled the Mustangs in digs with 10.
Cal Poly will return to action Saturday on the road against Hawai’i. First serve will be at 10 p.m. PDT.
Courtesy of CSUN Athletics
NORTHRIDGE, CA – Seeking its best conference start in four seasons, the CSUN Matadors were handed a straight-set (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) loss by visiting Cal Poly in a Big West Conference match Saturday night at The Matadome.
The conference-leading Mustangs improved to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in conference play while CSUN had its three-match winning streak snapped in slipping to 9-7 overall and 3-1 in the Big West. With three wins in four confernce matches, the Matadors have still matched their best Big West start in three seasons.
CSUN had leads in two of the three sets but according to head coach Jeff Stork came up just short in offensive weapons.
“Cal Poly has a lot of weapons and can come at you in a lot of different ways,” he said. “I would characterize tonight as we got beat instead of beating ourselves. I thought we played pretty steady but our passing broke down a little bit. We know we’re capable of putting up some points and we’re still doing some good things, we’ll get back to work this week and get ready for UC Davis.”
The final stats were fairly even with the exception of aces where the visiting Mustangs had seven to CSUN’s two, one each from Aeryn Owens and Kristey Markle who increased her season total to 27.
Owens led the Matadors with 15 kills on .265 hitting while also finishing the night with eight digs. Rachel Diaz and Melissa Eaglin each added eight kills, Eaglin hitting an errorless .571 while Diaz hit .353 on 17 swings.
Things looked good for CSUN early on as the Matadors used a 5-0 run to expand a 6-4 lead. Diaz’s kill gave CSUN an 11-4 lead but the Mustangs engineered an 8-3 run to close to within 14-12. With the Matadors still clinging to a 16-14 lead, Cal Poly put together a 6-0 to take its first lead of the night. Trailing 20-16, CSUN stayed within three on a Morgan Salonekill but could get no closer the rest of the set.
The second set was tied 11 times, the final time at 15-15 following a Diaz kill, when the visitors used a Matador hitting error, a kill and an ace to open up an 18-15 lead. An ensuing service error by the Mustangs and a a Slone kill cut the lead to 18-17 but CSUN could not close the gap any further falling by the score of 25-20.
Markle’s ace gave the Matadors a 4-0 lead in the final frame and CSUN still led 6-2 when Diaz connected for a kill. But again, Cal Poly mounted a comeback eventually pulling even at 13. A 6-0 run boosted the lead to 16-13 and the visitors pulled away and closed the match with the identical 25-20 score.
Torrey Van Winden led the Mustangs with 16 kills on .452 hitting.
CSUN heads out on the road for matches at UC Davis (Oct. 5) and UC Irvine (Oct. 7).