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No. 23 Cal Poly volleyball seeking longest winning streak in program history

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Coming off a thrilling five-set home win against Hawai’i on Friday to extend its win streak to 16 matches, the Cal Poly volleyball team will look to make program history Friday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara by winning its 17th straight match.

First serve for the blue-green rivalry match is set for 7 p.m. The first 300 fans will receive Cal Poly travel mugs. Live stat, audio and video links can be found above, on the schedule page, or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

The No. 23 Mustangs (21-2, 11-0) are in first place in the Big West and have a two-match lead over second place Hawai’i. The win against the Rainbow Wahine Friday was the first time Cal Poly has beat Hawai’i at home and the first time they have swept the regular season series since 1985.

Against Hawai’i, senior outside hitter Raeann Greisen finished with a season-high 20 kills, hitting .306. Junior libero Katherine Brouker set a career-high in digs with 28. Senior setter Taylor Nelson had 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.

Their strong performances led to Nelson receiving Big West Player of the Week honors while Brouker was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week.

The Mustangs will face a Gaucho team that currently sits in fourth place in the Big West at 6-16 overall and 5-5 in conference. UCSB is coming off a four-set loss against Hawai’i, which ended a three-match win streak. The Gauchos are led by sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins who is second in the NCAA and first in the Big West in kills per set (5.63). She posted 23 kills against the Rainbow Wahine.

When these two teams met last month in Santa Barbara, the Gauchos took the first set before Cal Poly won the next three to win the match. The Mustangs split the season series last year with UCSB, with each team winning on the road.

MUSTANGS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: In week ten of the AVCA National Top 25 Poll, Cal Poly stayed in the No. 23 spot for the third consecutive week.

Prior to this season, the last time the Mustangs were ranked inside the top 25 was week six of the 2008 season when they were No. 22 in the country.

Cal Poly moved up to No. 21 in the latest NCAA Women's Volleyball RPI rankings.

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

BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY: At 21-2, this is the best start in program history. They surpassed the 1985 team that began 20-3 over a 23-match span. The 1985 team finished 31-8, losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

GET OUT THE BROOM STICKS: 16 of the Mustangs’ 21 wins this season have come via sweeps. They have only had three five-set matches, winning all three (Hawai’i twice, Wichita State), and two four set matches (UCSB, Long Beach State).

HOME SWEET HOME: Cal Poly is a perfect 5-0 at Mott Athletic Center so far this season, which includes a 3-2 victory over Hawai’i in the first sellout crowd since 2006.

MUSTANGS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Through ten 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 (15.30) and second in assists (14.29 per set). They also rank fifth in hitting percentage (.314). In the Big West, they rank first in all three categories.

Individually, senior Taylor Nelson ranks fourth in the nation in assists per set (12.08), good for first in the Big West. Sophomore Torrey Van Winden is ninth in kills per set (4.68), second in the Big West. Senior Savannah Niemen is 21st in the country in hitting percentage (.405), first in the Big West.

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