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Cal Poly volleyball downs Gauchos, wins 12th straight match

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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 five 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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