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Cal Poly Volleyball Hosting Spring Scrimmage Saturday

Cal Poly Volleyball Hosting Spring Scrimmage Saturday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Fans of Cal Poly volleyball will have the chance to get their first glimpse of the 2019 team Saturday, May 18 when the program hosts an instrasquad scrimmage from Mott Athletics Center that will be open to the public.

Admission to the scrimmage is free for everyone. It will get underway at 10 a.m. and go until about 12:30 p.m. There will be about four sets played that will be the first to 25 points.

The Mustangs return 15 players from last year's squad, including five starters to a team that finished ranked 22nd in the nation by the American Volleyball Coaches Association after going 25-3. They won their second straight Big West title and also made it to their second straight NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006-07.

Cal Poly is also now under the tutelage of Caroline Walters, who was named head coach at the end of December following the departure of six-year head coach Sam Crosson. Prior to becoming head coach, Walters had been an assistant coach and associate head coach at Cal Poly for the past 10 years.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase what our girls have been working diligently towards the past few weeks while acknowledging that we are still very much focused on the process, not the outcome," Walters said about the scrimmage. "Positionally, and even more, individually they have specific areas of focus that we are wanting see continued progress in and attention to. Systematically, we are encouraging a more aggressive serving front, which coupled with a more disciplined blocking and defensive scheme will allow us to put more pressure on opposing team's side out and transition offenses."

The program has also produced back-to-back Big West Players of the Year for the first time since 06-07 with Taylor Nelson winning the award in 2017 and Torrey Van Winden last season. Last year's team also featured Cal Poly's first player to win Big West Freshman of the Year since 2015 in Avalon DeNecochea.