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Cal Poly volleyball travels to UCSB to put 11-match win streak on the line

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Coming off a five-set comeback victory at Hawai'i last weekend to defeat the Rainbow Wahine for the first time since 2006, the Cal Poly volleyball team will look to extend its 11-match win streak Saturday at UCSB for the first blue-green rivalry match of the season.

First serve is set for 5 p.m. Live stat and video links can be found above, on the schedule page, or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

The Mustangs (16-2, 6-0) sit alone atop the Big West standings and are off to the best start to a season since 1985. They have swept 13 of their matches this season so far; last season they had nine wins via sweep. They have not lost a match since Sept. 7. Their only losses this season have come against No. 8 Washington and No. 14 Oregon.

In their match last weekend against Hawai’i, Cal Poly dropped the first two sets before winning the final three to beat the Rainbow Wahine for just the fifth time program history.

UCSB is coming off a three set loss at Hawai’i last week. The Gauchos (3-14, 2-3) have lost its last three conference matches (Hawai’i, Long Beach State, CSUN). They have been led all season by sophomore Lindsey Ruddins who ranks first in the Big West and second in the NCAA in kills per set (5.42).

Cal Poly split the season series last year against UCSB, beating them on the road in straight sets and then falling at home in the second match. The Gauchos lead the all-time series between the two teams 49-29.

MUSTANGS CRACK AVCA TOP 25: For the first time since 2008, the Cal Poly volleyball was ranked in the AVCA National Top 25.

The Mustangs were ranked No. 24 in the latest poll, (week seven). The last time they were ranked inside the top 25 was week six of the 2008 season when they were No. 22 in the country.

This week they ranked ahead of teams such as Baylor, Western Kentucky, Michigan and Colorado.

Cal Poly also moved up in the NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings. The Mustangs moved up three spots from its No. 28 ranking last week to No. 25 this week.

The Mustangs were also ranked third in this week’s volleyballmag.com/NIVC Mid-Major Poll.

MUSTANGS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Through seven weeks of the season, Cal Poly is among the national leaders, both as a team and individually.

As a team, the Mustangs rank first in the nation in kills per set (15.29) and second in assists (14.19 per set). They also rank fifth in hitting percentage (.310). In the Big West, they rank first in all three categories.

Individually, senior Taylor Nelson ranks fourth in the nation in assists per set (12.03), good for first in the Big West. Sophomore Torrey Van Winden is 10th in kills per set (4.71), second in the Big West. Senior Savannah Niemen is 15th in the country in hitting percentage (.420), first in the Big West.

NELSON IN THE RECORD BOOKS: With 710 assists so far on the season, Taylor Nelson needs just 48 more to pass Chelsea Hayes mark of 3,841 for third all-time in program history in assists.

SISTER POWER: The Van Winden sisters, Torrey, a sophomore transfer, and Adlee, a junior, are leading the Mustangs at the net as they pace the team and sit second and fifth in the Big West with kill averages of 5.42 and 3.73. Both have already earned Big West Player of the Weeks nods with Adlee earning the first of the season and Torrey collecting back-to-back accolades the following two weeks. Torrey also sits fifth in the conference’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.354), while Adlee is tied for seventh in service aces (.29 APS).

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Upcoming home matches in Mott Athletics Center feature several community events and fan giveaways:

Oct. 20 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. CSUN

On Youth Night, all kids 13-and-under receive free admission, with a postgame autograph session with the team courtside.

Oct. 21 (Sat., time TBA) • vs. Long Beach State Another Double-Up Saturday, the match is free to anyone showing a ticket for the football game vs. Weber State (part of Parents & Family Weekend around campus).

Oct. 27 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. Hawai'i

For High School Volleyball Night, high school teams can attend the match for free by submitting their rosters (to jnamanny@calpoly.edu) by Oct. 25.

Nov. 10 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. UC Davis

In addition to being Alumni Night, for Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day all Cal Poly instructors and staff receive up to four free tickets.

Nov. 11 (Sat., 2 p.m.) • vs. UC Irvine

Coupled with Senior Day, the last Double-Up Saturday of the fall will again offer free admission for fans with a ticket to the football game vs. Sacramento State at 6:05 p.m.

Families are also encouraged to sign up for Mustang Kids Club ($5 per child/8th grade or under), as benefits include ongoing free admission to all regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events, birthday cards, free ice cream from Doc Burnstein's and a T-Shirt.

Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang — Cal Poly's student fan group — features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.

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