FULLERTON, Calif. – Sophomore outside hitter Raeann Greisen secured a match-high 16 kills and freshman outside hitter Adlee Van Winden totaled 13 kills as Cal Poly won its second consecutive match overall after sweeping (25-17, 25-18, 25-20) Cal State Fullerton on Saturday evening in Titan Gym. The Mustangs improved to 19-6 overall and 11-3 in Big West play this season, while the Titans remained winless at 0-26 and 0-14 in conference.
For the second straight night, Cal Poly secured a road victory via sweep and failed to drop a single match to Cal State Fullerton in two three-set victories this season. Cal Poly's 11 sweep win this season matches the most in a single year since 2007.
The 11 victories in conference play are the most for the Mustangs since the 2010 season.
For Cal State Fullerton, Katelyn Nielsen led the charge with eight kills (three consecutive at the end of the third set), Paige Reed compiled nine digs and Mackenzie Olsen had 29 assists.
During the opening frame, Cal Poly pulled even at 15 after a kill by Van Winden, a service ace by sophomore middle blocker Savannah Niemen and a Titan attack error. A kill by freshman outside hitter Alexis Clewis provided Cal Poly its first lead at 16-15, and from there the Mustangs went on a 9-2 run to close out the set. Van Winden recorded six kills and Nelson had 11 assists in the first set for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly jumped out to a 16-12 lead in the second set after a kill by Niemen, service ace by Niemen and Van Winden kill. The Titans worked the deficit down to 22-18, which prompted a Cal Poly timeout. The Mustangs collected the next three points to win the second and take a 2-0 set advantage. Van Winden secured four kills, Kessler recorded five digs and Nelson compiled eight assists in the second frame for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly delivered five blocks through the initial two sets and collected seven service aces (Niemen with three, Nelson with two) after recording eight last night against UC Riverside.
Cal Poly took a 19-16 lead in the third set after a Titan attack error, and collected the set – and match – after grabbing six of the final 10 points. Cal Poly's Clewis sent home the final kill for the three-set triumph.
Cal Poly hit a combined .241 compared to only .189 for the Titans, while the Mustangs used nine service aces to take control of the match.
Cal Poly returns to the central coast for its final home match of the regular season when hosting No. 7 Hawai'i at 7 p.m. PT Thursday, Nov. 19 on Senior Night. Kessler, Maddie Kuber and Hannah Schleis will all be honored before Thursday's match as they partake in the final home match of their careers. Live stats will be available for Thursday's match, which will also include radio coverage from the Rainbow Wahine.