DAVIS, Calif. – Cal Poly freshman outside hitter Adlee Van Winden recorded a match-high 16 kills as Cal Poly secured the opening set but saw UC Davis collect the next three to win in four sets (23-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-22) during a Tuesday night matchup in The Pavilion. The seven-time Big West Freshman Player of the Week also delivered 14 digs for the Mustangs, who ended the regular season with a 19-8 overall record (11-5 Big West).
Cal Poly's 19 regular season victories is the most since 2010, while the 11-5 conference record earns the Mustangs third place in the Big West for the first time in five seasons.
Cal Poly junior middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald compiled 10 kills, sophomore setter Taylor Nelson delivered a match-high 33 assists and senior Nicole Kessler (in her final match as a Mustang) had a match-best 20 digs.
For the Aggies, Squyres and Kendall Walbrecht amassed 13 kills, Malia Bolko had 17 digs and Kelechi Ohiri recorded 12 blocks in the four-set win.
With UC Davis leading 20-18 in the opening set, a Van Winden kill cut the Mustang deficit to one and prompted an Aggie timeout. Junior middle blocker Taylor Gruenewald's kill knotted the first frame at 20, and an attack error by UCD's Kaylin Squyres provided Cal Poly a 21-20 advantage. After a yellow card was issued to the UC Davis bench, Cal Poly collected four of the next seven points to grab the first set, 25-23.
UC Davis jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the second and recorded seven of the next 10 points to even the match at one set apiece. Through two sets, Squyres and Nicola Moore each had eight kills for the Aggies, while Gruenewald and Van Winden each secured five kills.
With the third set tied at 18, the Aggies recorded seven of the next 11 points to grab the third set, 25-22. Six ties and three lead changes were featured in the third frame.
The fourth set was even at 18 when a kill by Squyres provided the Aggies a one-point lead. UC Davis grabbed six of the final 10 points to take the fourth, 25-22, and win the match, 3-1.
UC Davis generated 18 blocks overall (12 by Ohiri), while Cal Poly's Nelson had 13 digs and sophomore outside hitter Raeann Greisen delivered seven kills.
It was the final match for Kessler, outside hitter Hannah Schleis and setter Maddie Kuber. Schleis finished with one kill, one block and one assist, while Kuber had one block and a single assist. Kessler finished her Mustang career No. 4 overall in total digs, while Schleis recorded over 450 career kills and Kuber delivered over 1,300 career assists.
The 19-8 overall record is the best finish for Cal Poly since 2010.
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