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Mustang Volleyball Heads to Hawai'i for Last Road Game of the Season

Mustang Volleyball Heads to Hawai'i for Last Road Game of the Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly volleyball team will make its final trip of the regular season this week to take on No. 14 Hawai'i. 

The Mustangs will be going up against the No. 1 team in the Big West Conference after sweeping both UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton 3-0 this past weekend. 

Cal Poly has won its last four games, advancing its conference record to 10-4, putting the Mustangs third in the conference. 

Although third in the conference, the Mustangs have been holding down the No.1 spot for conference and overall kills, as well as conference and overall assists.

Key contributors to the Mustangs' first place spots include, junior Taylor Nelson, who is leading the conference in assists and is No. 6 in the nation, according to the NCAA. 

Nelson has racked up 1,084 assists this season and 3,016 career assists. The setter is already No. 6 in career assists in Cal Poly history. 

Sophomore Adlee Van Winden leads the team in kills with 349, followed by junior Raeann Greisen who has 319. Both Mustangs sit in the Big West rankings for overall and conference kills. 

Also leading the team in kills, senior Taylor Gruenewald who set her season high of 20 last weekend against Cal State Fullerton, giving her 238 on the season, and sophomore Alexis Clewis who boasts 236 this season. 

The Mustangs have tallied up a total of 173 blocks this season, which has been led by Gruenewald, who has 64. 

Sophomore Katherine Brouker leads the team and the conference in digs, as she has 403 this season.

This will be the second time this season that the Mustangs have met with Hawai'i. In their last match, the Mustangs lost 3-1. Cal Poly has only beat the No. 14 ranked team four times since 1980, the last win being in 2006. 

Hawai'i has only lost one conference match this season. 

The first serve will be at Hawai'i at 9:00 pm Thursday Nov. 17. The Mustangs will be back Tuesday Nov. 22 for their last home match of the season.