Mustangs face No. 21 Hawaii Sunday in pivotal road match

Posted at 12:02 AM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 02:02:26-05

Coming off its third consecutive win Tuesday night with a sweep at home over CSUN, the Cal Poly volleyball team goes back on the road for a pivotal match this weekend when it travels to Honolulu to take on No. 21 Hawaii.

First serve from the Stan Sheriff Center on Sunday is set for 7 p.m. PT. Links for live streaming video, audio, and live stats can be found above or on the schedule page.

The Mustangs (16-6, 9-1 BW), are coming off their third Big West sweep in a row after beating the Matadors Tuesday night by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 25-15. Junior outside hitter Maia Dvoracek led the way with a match-high 20 kills on a .532 hitting percentage as Cal Poly hit a season-best .411 as a team.

The Mustangs also got strong contributions from senior outside hitters Nikki Jackson and Jessica McRoskey, who both added eight kills apiece. Sophomore middle blocker Meredith Phillips finished with six kills and a team-high three blocks while sophomore setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out a match-high 35 assists and three service aces. Defensively, Cal Poly was paced by senior libero Mika Dickson, who finished with a match-high 16 digs.

The win extended Cal Poly's home winning streak to a nation's-best 29 straight matches. So far this season, the Mustangs are 8-0 at home. It also keeps them tied atop the Big West standings with UC Santa Barbara, who is also 9-1.

For the Rainbow Wahine (18-3, 8-2), they are currently riding a five-match win streak, which began after the loss to Cal Poly on Oct. 11., and sit in third place in the Big West heading into their match against the Gauchos on Friday. They are coming off back-to-back sweeps last weekend on the road against Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

The Mustangs swept Hawaii when the two squared off a few weeks ago at Mott Athletics Center. It was the first time Cal Poly has ever swept the Rainbow Wahine in a match. The Mustangs have also won four of the last five meetings with Hawaii. However, the Rainbow Wahine won in five sets last season when the teams played in Honolulu. Prior to 2017, Cal Poly had not defeated Hawaii since 2006. They will also be looking to sweep the season series for just the second time. The Rainbow Wahine lead the all-time series 40-8.

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