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Dvoracek’s 15 Kills Lead Mustangs to Sweep of Cal St. Fullerton Friday

Dvoracek’s 15 Kills Lead Mustangs to Sweep of Cal St. Fullerton Friday

FULLERTON, Calif. — Three players finished with double-digit kills Friday as the Cal Poly volleyball team went on the road and swept Cal State Fullerton 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-15) inside Titan Gym and improved to 2-0 in the Big West this season.

For the Mustangs (9-5, 2-0 BW), this was their eighth straight sweep of a Big West opponent going back to last season and is the 11th consecutive win over the Titans (8-6, 0-2 BW)

Cal Poly was led on the night by junior outside hitter Maia Dvoracek's match-high 15 kills to go along with eight digs and three aces. The middle blockers for the Mustangs also played strong as sophomore Meredith Phillips added 11 kills on 14 attempts, hitting .714 and junior Madilyn Mercer had a season-high 10 kills, hitting .471 and a match-high six blocks. Senior outside hitter Jessica McRoskey, who got her second start of the season due to junior Jamie Stivers going down with a torn ACL last week, chipped in with a season-high seven kills, hitting .312. Sophomore setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out a match-high 45 assists to go along with three blocks, four kills and four digs and senior libero Mika Dickson had a team-high 14 digs.

The Mustangs led Cal State Fullerton in every major statistical category, including have more than twice as many kills at 53 to 25 while also outhitting them .342 to .152.

Cal Poly, who never once trailed in the first set, got out to a 6-1 lead at the start before eventually pushing that to as much as a 20-6 lead. That included a stretch in which the Mustangs went on an 11-1 run at one point. They used a .424 hitting percentage to win the opening set 25-14.

The second set proved to be much closer with both teams trading points through most of it. Tied at 19, Cal Poly was able to pull away thanks to a 5-1 run to go up 24-20. Up 24-21, a Dvoracek kill finished off the set win for Mustangs 25-21.

The third set started with Cal Poly getting out to a 10-3 advantage. Later, leading 15-10, the Mustangs used a 6-2 run to pull away for the final time and went on to win 25-15. It was the second set of the match that Cal Poly never trailed during the set.

The Mustangs, who have won nine of their last 11 matches, will look to continue their winning ways Saturday when they travel to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Cal Poly has swept the season series with the Anteaters each of the last four seasons.