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Two in Double Figures as Mustangs Sweep Matadors Friday

Two in Double Figures as Mustangs Sweep Matadors Friday

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Behind a match-high 12 kills from junior outside hitter Maia Dvoracek and 10 kills by junior middle blocker Madilyn Mercer, the Cal Poly volleyball team swept CSUN (25-10, 25-19, 25-19) Friday night inside the Matadome.

The Mustangs (18-7, 11-2 BW) hit .329 as a team while holding the Matadors (12-14, 7-7 BW) to a -.022 hitting percentage, the second-lowest percentage they have held a team to this season.

Dvoracek hit .393 while also adding six digs while Mercer, who tied both her season and career-high for kills, hit a season-best .600 in addition to three blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Meredith Phillips finished with six kills, hitting .500 while also getting in on a match-high five blocks. Sophomore setter Avalon DeNecochea dished out a match-high 30 assists while senior libero Mika Dickson had a match-high 10 digs.

The Mustangs started the first set by jumping out to a 4-1 lead and later an 9-4 advantage. From there, thanks to strong defense and efficient attacking, they scored eight unanswered points to take a commanding 18-4 lead. They eventually led by as many as 16 before going on to win the set 25-10. Cal Poly played one of its most efficient sets of the season, hitting .423 as a team to go with four blocks while holding CSUN to a -.097 hitting percentage.

The Mustangs came out strong to begin the second set, scoring the first seven points. Trailing 11-3, the Matadors cut the lead to five with a 4-1 run to make it 11-7. Cal Poly responded with an 8-2 run to take a 19-9 advantage. CSUN cut it to six at 14-20 after a 5-1 run before later trimming it to as little as three at 19-22. From there, Cal Poly scored the next three points to take the set 25-19. For the second straight set, the Mustangs held the Matadors to a negative hitting percentage at -.036.

It was back-and-forth early to start the third set. Tied at 10, Cal Poly took control of the set thanks to a 10-1 run that put them up 20-11, the largest lead of the set. CSUN cut the lead to as little as five at 19-24 before the Mustangs completed the sweep with a Nikki Jackson kill to win it 25-19.

Cal Poly will play its final road Big West road match of the season Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Long Beach State.