Cal Poly Off to Best Start in 32 Years

  0 Julie Haake | October 20th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • Cal Poly (RV) def. CSUN 3-0, (25-11, 25-22, 25-13)
  • Cal Poly moves to 18-2; CSUN drops to 10-10
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Attendance: 2658
  • Box Score

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly defeated CSUN, giving the Mustangs their 13th straight win and an undefeated Big West Conference record, on Friday night in the Mott Athletics Center.

The Mustangs hit .416 on the night with 48 kills with help from senior setter, Taylor Nelson, with 36 assists. CSUN pounded 24 kills on a .071 clip at the aid of senior setter, Lauren Conati, with 21 assists. Cal Poly out-blocked the Matadors 4-2.5.

Torrey Van Winden paced the Mustangs with 14 kills, while Raeann Greisen added 11. Both hit over .550. Aeryn Owens led the offense for CSUN with 11 kills, hitting .152. Rachel Diaz and Nickeisha Williams put away 4 kills each.

Defensively, Cal Poly out-dug CSUN 36-25. Katherine Brouker, junior libero for the Mustangs, led Cal Poly in digs, with 14. Leading the back row for the Matadors with 6 digs was senior libero, Katie Sato.

Both teams will continue with Big West play Saturday night as Cal Poly hosts Long Beach State and the Matadors travel to UCSB.


Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics

SAN LUIS OBISPO— Senior setter Taylor Nelson moved up to third all-time in career assists at Cal Poly as the Mustangs swept CSUN (25-11, 25-22, 25-13) for its 13th straight win Friday in front of a packed crowd at Mott Athletics Center to remain undefeated in Big West play.

Nelson finished with a match-high 36 assists and added seven kills. Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden led the Mustangs in kills with 14, hitting .591 on 22 attacks and added nine digs. Senior outside hitter Raeann Greisen posted 11 kills, hitting .562 on 16 attacks. Junior libero Katherine Brouker led Cal Poly in digs with 14.

The Mustangs (18-2, 8-0) got out to a fast start to begin the first set. They took an early 11-5 lead and would not let the Matadors (10-10, 4-4) back in it. They ended the set on an 8-1 run to win the set 25-11. As a team, Cal Poly .448 in the first set compared to CSUN’s .038.

The second set, however, would prove to be much closer. The two teams would trade both points and runs until, tied at 11, the Matadors went on a 4-0 run. Down 19-14, the Mustangs would answer with six straight points to take its first lead of the set 20-19 and would go on to win the set 25-22.

Cal Poly came out strong to begin the third set, scoring four of the games first five points. It would be as close as 6-4 before the Mustangs would put their foot on the gas. Up 17-12, Cal Poly finished the set on an 8-1 run to win 25-13. The Mustangs hit .520 in the third and held CSUN to a -.032 hitting percentage.

Cal Poly will look to win its 14th straight match Saturday as they host Long Beach State at 4:30 p.m. The Mustangs beat the 49ers in four sets when the two teams played last month in Long Beach.

Courtesy of CSUN Athletics

NORTHRIDGE, CA – The CSUN women’s volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw Friday night as 23rd-ranked Cal Poly swept the Matadors 25-11, 25-22, 25-13 in a Big West Conference match at Mott Athletic Center.

The Mustangs limited CSUN to a near season-low hitting clip of .071 (24-18-84) as the Matadors slipped to 10-10 overall and an even 4-4 in the Big West. Cal Poly wins its 13th straight as the Mustangs improve to 18-2 and remain unbeaten in the Big West at 8-0.

Junior Aeryn Owens led CSUN with 11 kills (.152), reaching double figures for the 20th consecutive match this season. But no other Matador hitter had more than four kills as five CSUN hitters combined for 11 kills.

Senior setter Lauren Conati had 19 assists, five digs, two aces and two kills and senior libero Katie Sato led the Matadors with six digs.

CSUN was held to a negative hitting percentage in dropping the first and third sets but held an early 7-4 lead in set two following a Mustang hitting error. After a Cal Poly timeout, the hosts ralled to tie the score at 10 on a kill from the setter spot. A setting error and an Owens kill kept the Matadors in front by two (13-11) and CSUN still led by two at 15-13 when it looked to take control of the set.

Another Mustang setting miscue was followed by back-to-back Conati aces and an Owens kill extended the Matador lead to 18-13. Still leading by five at 19-14, CSUN surrendered a 6-0 run as Cal Poly erased the deficit and took a 20-19 lead.

A kill by Rachel Diaz kept the Matadors even at 20 and a Nickeisha Williams kill evened the score at 21 when the hosts rallied to claim four of the final five points on their way to a 25-22 win.

Torrey Van Winden led Cal Poly with 14 kills (.591) while Raeann Greisen added 11 kills (.562).

CSUN completes its brief two-match road trip Saturday as the Matadors look to snap a three-match skid against UC Santa Barbara in the Thunderdome at 7 p.m.

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