Mustangs to Play in Final Tournament Before Conference Play Begins

Mustangs to Play in Final Tournament Before Conference Play Begins
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly volleyball team will play its final tournament this weekend before Big West Conference play starts next week.
 
The Mustangs (7-2) will travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin to play in the Green Bay Country Inn & Suites Classic.
 
They will play two matches on Friday; the first will be against North Dakota (13-1) at 8 a.m. PDT. The Fighting Hawks have won nine games in a row with their only loss this season coming against Georgia Tech.
 
The Mustangs' second match on Friday will be against IUPUI (4-6) at 3 p.m. PDT.
 
Cal Poly will return Saturday to play host school Green Bay (4-5) at 2 p.m. PDT. All three matches will be played at the Kress Center on Green Bay's campus.
 
Links to follow live stats for each of the matches can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
 
The Mustangs are coming off a strong weekend at the Nike Classic in Oregon last week. Cal Poly finished 2-1 in the tournament, including a sweep of Duquesne and a comeback win over then No. 23 Wichita State.
 
The win over the Shockers was the Mustangs' third victory over a top-ranked team in the last three seasons.
 
MUSTANGS RECEIVE 37 VOTES IN AVCA TOP 25: In week three of the AVCA National Top 25 rankings, Cal Poly finished first in the others receiving votes category with 37 votes (No. 26 overall), four shy of cracking the Top 25.
 
The Mustangs were also ranked fourth in this week's volleyballmag.com/NIVC Mid-Major Poll.

VAN WINDEN NAMED BIG WEST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW: For the second straight week, Cal Poly's Torrey Van Winden was named Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.
 
The sophomore outside hitter (Napa, Calif./Vintage HS) averaged 5.45 kills per set while hitting .353 as the Mustangs posted a 2-1 record at the Nike Classic.

Van Winden totaled 60 kills and just 11 errors in 139 attempts in the three matches.

She had a career-high 30 kills on .348 hitting in a five-set win over Wichita State. It was the fifth-highest kill total in a match in the country this year. She had nine kills alone in the fourth set. Van Winden also added 16 digs for her second double-double of the season.

She tallied 12 kills against Oregon and notched 18 more against Duquesne. Van Winden hit .425 against the Dukes to go along with four digs and a pair of blocks.

She has recorded double-digit kills in all nine matches this year.
This is now the third straight week a Mustang has been named Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week. Torrey's sister, Adlee Van Winden, received the award in week one.
 
MUSTANGS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Torrey Van Winden and senior setter Taylor Nelson are also among the national leaders in multiple offensive categories.
 
Van Winden ranks sixth in the nation in both kills per set (5.00) and points per set (5.67), also good for second in the conference in both only behind UCSB's Lindsey Ruddins.
 
Nelson ranks seventh in the nation and first in the Big West in assists per set (12.21).
As a team, the Mustangs rank third in the nation and lead the Big West in assists per set (14.34) and kills per set (15.38).
 
CAREER AND SEASON HIGH'S BROKEN: In Cal Poly's five-set comeback victory over Wichita State last weekend, multiple career and season-high's were recorded by Mustang players.
 
Torrey Van Winden had a career-high 30 kills, junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden had a season-high 22 kills and 19 digs, Nelson had a career-high 74 assists, sophomore middle blocker Nikki Jackson also set a new career-high with 8 kills, and junior libero Katherine Brouker had a season-high 21 digs.
 
FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Upcoming home matches in Mott Athletics Center feature several community events and fan giveaways:

Sept. 22 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. Cal State Fullerton
The first 250 fans will get free posters.

Sept. 23 (Sat., 4:30 p.m.) • vs. UC Riverside
As part of Double-Up Saturday, there's free admission to everyone upon showing a ticket for the Mustang football game vs. Northern Arizona later that evening (6:05 p.m.).

Oct. 20 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. CSUN
On Youth Night, all kids 13-and-under receive free admission, with a postgame autograph session with the team courtside.

Oct. 21 (Sat., time TBA) • vs. Long Beach State
Another Double-Up Saturday, the match is free to anyone showing a ticket for the football game vs. Weber State (part of Parents & Family Weekend around campus).

Oct. 27 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. Hawai'i
For High School Volleyball Night, high school teams can attend the match for free by submitting their rosters (to jnamanny@calpoly.edu) by Oct. 25.

Nov. 10 (Fri., 7 p.m.) • vs. UC Davis
In addition to being Alumni Night, for Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day all Cal Poly instructors and staff receive up to four free tickets.

Nov. 11 (Sat., 2 p.m.) • vs. UC Irvine
Coupled with Senior Day, the last Double-Up Saturday of the fall will again offer free admission for fans with a ticket to the football game vs. Sacramento State at 6:05 p.m.

Families are also encouraged to sign up for Mustang Kids Club ($5 per child/8th grade or under), as benefits include ongoing free admission to all regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events, birthday cards, free ice cream from Doc Burnstein's and a T-Shirt.

Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang — Cal Poly's student fan group — features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.

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