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Mustangs defeat Hawaii in epic five-set match in front of sellout crowd

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In front of a deafening sellout crowd at Mott Athletics Center (the first sellout for volleyball since 2006), the Cal Poly volleyball team defeated Hawai’i in a thrilling five-set match Friday (25-23, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18, 17-15) that lasted nearly three hours to remain undefeated and in sole first place in the Big West.

With the win, the Mustangs (21-2, 11-0) swept the season series against the Rainbow Wahine (15-7, 9-2) for the first time since 1985 and beat Hawai’i for the first time ever at home. It is also Cal Poly’s 16th win in a row this season.

Before Friday, the last time Cal Poly won a five-set match at home was Nov. 6, 2015 against UC Irvine.

Senior outside hitter Raeann Greisen led the Mustangs with a season-high 20 kills, hitting .306. Junior libero Katherine Brouker set a career-high in digs with 28, while sophomore outside hitter Jessica Mcroskey added 12 digs herself. Senior setter Taylor Nelson finished with 63 assists and a season-high 16 digs and added six kills. Junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden posted 17 kills and a career-high 18 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden finished with another double-double, 14 kills and 10 digs. Senior Savannah Niemen also posted double-digit kills, finishing with 11, hitting .579.

Cal Poly outhit Hawai’i in four of the five sets.

The Rainbow Wahine were led by senior Emily Maglio who finished with a match-high 27 kills, hitting .381.

The first set began with Hawai’i getting out to a 7-3 lead before a Mustangs timeout. Their largest lead at one point was 17-10. Cal Poly was able to get back in the set with an 8-4 run to cut the lead to 22-19. The Mustangs were then able to cut the lead to one at 24-23 before a Hawai’i kill ended the set 25-23.

The two teams traded points to begin the second set. Up 12-10, Cal Poly went on a 6-3 run to take an 18-13 lead. Hawai’i was able to get back in the set and get it back to 22-20. With Cal Poly up 24-21, the Rainbow Wahine scored two straight points before an attack error won the set for the Mustangs 25-23.

Cal Poly controlled the early part of the third set, going up 17-11 at one point. Hawai’i went on an 11-4 run to take the lead 22-21. Tied at 23, two straight kills by Maglio won the set for the Rainbow Wahine 25-23.

The fourth set was back-and-forth for the first half of it. Up 15-13, Cal Poly went on an 8-3 to take a 23-16 lead. Up 24-18, a Torrey Van Winden kill sealed the set for the Mustangs to force a fifth and deciding set.

The fifth set (which is first to 15 points), saw 12 ties and six lead changes as both teams traded points to be tied at 8 as they switched sides. They would continue to go back-and-forth with each, remaining tied at 14. Facing a match point down 15-14, a Raeann Greisen kill tied it again at 15. An Adlee Van Winden kill gave the Mustangs a 16-15 lead before a Hawai’i attack error won the match for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs are now 5-0 at home and will look to remain undefeated at Mott Athletics Center and in conference play next week as they host UCSB Friday at 7 p.m.

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