PROVO, Utah – The Cal Poly Mustang volleyball team won its first match of the season with a 3-1 victory over Rice on Friday afternoon at the BYU Invitational.
The Mustangs won their first set 25-21, lost the second 25-21, and then came back to win the last two sets 25-22 and 25-17.
Sophomore Adlee Van Winden set the tone for the match as she put the Mustangs' first two points on the board in set one. Van Winden kept the momentum going and ended the match with 19 kills.
Along with Van Winden, three other Mustangs ended their first match of the season with double-digit kill totals, including senior Taylor Gruenewald with 15 kills, junior Raeann Greisen with 13 and sophomore Alexis Clewis with 11.
Junior Taylor Nelson, who leads the team in assists, had 54 of the team's 61 assists.
Cal Poly ended the match with a .228 attack percentage compared to Rice's .196.
The Mustangs will be back on the court Saturday at 9 a.m. PST to take on Utah Valley and then at 6 p.m. to play their last match of the tournament against the host No. 13 Cougars at 6 p.m.