Van Winden Sisters Help Cal Poly Stay Perfect in Big West

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 14th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • Cal Poly def. UC Santa Barbara 3-1 (26-28, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15)
  • Cal Poly moves to 17-2, 7-0 Big West; UCSB falls to 3-15, 2-4 Big West
  • Santa Barbara, California
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden and her sister junior outside Adlee Van Winden combined for 39 of Cal Poly’s 60 kills to guide the Mustangs past UC Santa Barbara in four sets and to a perfect 7-0 Big West mark.

Torrey Van Winden notched a match-high 21 kills to go with seven digs and six blocks. Adlee Van Winden followed with 18 kills, a team-best seven blocks, including three solo efforts, and seven digs. Senior outside Raeann Greisen (9) and senior middle blocker Savannah Niemen (8) rounded out the offense. Sophomore middle Nadia Retoff chipped in six blocks, while junior libero Katherine Brouker notched a team-best 17 digs. Senior setter Taylor Nelson also aided the defense, rounding out a double double with 10 digs to go with her 47 assists.

The Mustangs hit at a .279 clip, while holding UCSB to a .119 effort with help from 16.5 blocks. Cal Poly outblocked the Gauchos 16.5 to 14.5, and racked up 18 more kills (60-42). Both teams managed seven aces.

Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins turned in 21 kills, five blocks and a match-high four aces for the Gauchos. Sophomore middle Charlie Robinson added seven kills and six blocks, while freshman middle Nicole Omwanghe put up a team-leading seven stuffs. Junior libero Emilia Petrachi pulled up a team-best 14 digs, followed by sophomore outside Chloe Allen‘s 10.

Cal Poly jumped out to a 6-1 lead in Set 1 with kills by four different players. The Mustangs later boasted a 13-8 lead, but UCSB responded with eight of the next nine points to vault ahead 16-14. Three Omwanghe blocks and a pair of Ruddins kills helped the Gauchos erase the deficit. Cal Poly was within one five times, before eventually eliminating a 22-19 margin with two Torrey Van Winden putaways. A Ruddins kill gave UCSB set point at 24-23, but it would take three more tries to close out the 28-26 win. A stuff by Kija Rivers and Robinson clinched the Gaucho win.

Cal Poly hit .321 in Set 2, while holding UCSB to a -.057 effort with 10 errors and eight kills. Trailing 7-5, the Mustangs put together a 13-0 run to pull away at 18-7. Two Nieman aces and four Retoff blocks aided the rally. The Gauchos cut the margin to six at 18-12, but Cal Poly evened the match with a final 7-2 run, including four Adlee Van Winden kills.

A 9-0 run, featuring kills by four different players, lifted Cal Poly to a 12-4 lead in Set 3. UCSB would get no closer than five the rest of the way (16-11 and 17-12). Three Gaucho errors and and two more Adlee Van Winden putaways gave the Mustangs a 25-16 win.

The Mustangs closed out the match with a .400 hitting effort, committing just two errors in the set. Cal Poly kicked off the set with an 8-3 advantage with help from three Torrey Van Winden kills. UCSB was within three midway through the set at 15-12. Adlee Van Winden turned in three kills and a block as Cal Poly pushed ahead 24-13. A stuff by Niemen and Adlee Van Winden wrapped up the 25-15 victory and the match.



Courtesy: Cal Poly Athletics

Sisters Torrey and Adlee Van Winden combined for 39 kills as the Cal Poly volleyball team picked up its 12th straight win by beating UCSB in four sets Saturday (28-26, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15) at the Thunderdome to remain unbeaten in the Big West.

The No. 24 Mustangs (17-2, 7-0) got out to a 6-1 lead to start the first set. However, up 13-8 The Gauchos (3-15, 2-4) went on a 10-3 run to get an 18-16 lead. Cal Poly would tie it at 22 and the teams would trade points until, tied at 26, UCSB scored two straight points from a kill by Big West leader Lindsey Ruddins and a block to win the set 28-26.

Down 7-5 in the second set, the Mustangs scored 11 straight points to go up 16-7. The Gauchos got it to as close as 18-12 before Cal Poly would end the set on a 7-3 run to win the set 25-15.

The third set also saw the Mustangs go on a big run. Tied at 4, Cal Poly scored eight straight points to go up 12-4. They would go up as much as 21-12 before winning the set 25-16.

The Mustangs would make the fourth and final set their most dominant of the match, hitting .400 and only committing two errors. Cal Poly got out to an 8-3 lead to begin the fourth. UCSB would get it as close as 15-12 before Poly would go on a 10-3 run to win the set 25-15.

“I thought our composure tonight was really good,” head coach Sam Crosson said. “I thought our response after the first set showed the maturity of this group to go out and execute the next three sets like we did.”

Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden led the Mustangs with 21 kills and seven digs while her sister, junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden finished with 18 kills seven digs and a team-high seven blocks.

Senior setter Taylor Nelson recorded a double-double with 47 assists and 10 digs. Fellow seniors Raeann Greisen and Savannah Niemen added nine and eight kills. Junior libero Katherine Brouker led the Mustangs in digs with 17.

The Gauchos were led by sophomore Lindsey Ruddins, who leads the Big West in kills per set, finished with 21 kills.

Cal Poly will look to continue its winning streak at home next weekend. They host CSUN on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by Long Beach State Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Mott Athletics Center.

“The girls are looking forward to being back home in Mott,” Crosson said. “Looking for some great fan support from the students and the community. It’s two big matches for us next weekend so we hope to see as many people there as possible.”

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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