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Sister, Sister: Adlee and Torrey Van Winden

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The Cal Poly volleyball team has been on quite a run this season, including a 19-match win streak, a Big West Conference title, and a bid into the NCAA Tournament. Standing out in the success has been the play of sisters, Adlee and Torrey Van Winden. 

Van Winden is their name, volleyball is their game. 

"Volleyball is definitely something we were born into," Adlee said. 

Growing up in Napa Valley, it was more than just a sport, it was a bond shared between Adlee, Torrey, and their parents, Jim and Kelly. 

"We grew up just kind of going around, hanging out on Sundays. We would split up and one of us would play with our mom, one with our dad," Torrey added. "Whatever parent was stuck with me was on the end of the losing stick."

Their love for volleyball grew from the backyard games with Mom and Dad, to club teams, and then high school. Their talents eventually garnered the attention of colleges, including their parents' alma mater, Cal Poly. 

"Very high IQ, very high skill sets," Cal Poly head coach Sam Crosson said of the sisters. "Even during the recruiting process, they still had the ability to go pretty much go where ever they wanted to."

Adlee, whose a year older than Torrey, had to make her school choice first, and the decision was a no-brainer, Cal Poly.

"There was that whole legacy thing that I wanted to be apart of, so bad," Adlee said. "The program, the location, there were just so many things I loved about this school."

A year later, it was Torrey's turn for college, but her path traveled farther south to UCLA. 

"I think the decision to make that separation came a lot from, in high school, when I was playing with Adlee. I really wanted to put myself out there and kind of make my own legacy," Torrey added.

But after one season with the Bruins, Torrey had a change of heart and opted to transfer. With all the PAC 12 schools blocked and only a short time to make up her mind, it seemed that only one school made perfect sense. 

"Any time she would call me with any kind of problem, I was like, 'I'm really happy, so I have a solution if you want do do it.' It was really cool to actually have it happen," Adlee explained.

"I really could've ended up anywhere, and I'm just happy that I found myself here," Torrey said.

Since rejoining forces at Cal Poly, Adlee and Torrey have quickly become one of the most unstoppable hitting duos in the Big West Conference. They both rank top five in the Big West in kills per set percentage.

"It's impressive, honestly," Crosson said. "They're very humble, and they very much enjoy being in the practice environment. They love to compete, and they just love to play the game."

Who knows how the rest of the year will play out, but one thing is for sure, the Van Windens will be back in 2018 playing the game that they love for one last season together. 

Torrey said, "We're on this high right now that has been so deserved, and we just want to continue that as far as possible."

Cal Poly has two games remaining in the regular season, both on the road, before starting the NCAA Tournament in early December.

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