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Nelson, Van Windens, Crosson Receive AVCA All-Region Honors

Nelson, Van Windens, Crosson Receive AVCA All-Region Honors

SAN LUIS OBISPO-  Following its best season in program history, the Cal Poly volleyball team was rewarded Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association by having three players named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region team and head coach Sam Crosson being named AVCA Pacific North Coach of the Year.

Senior setter Taylor Nelson and sophomore outside hitter Torrey Van Winden were named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region First Team and junior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden was named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention team.

Nelson, who was named the 2017 Big West Player of the Year, finished the season first in the Big West and fifth in the nation in assists per set at 11.84. She finished her Cal Poly career second all-time in assists in program history with 4,277, one of only three Mustangs to ever reach 4,000 career assists. She posted her career-high in assists against Wichita State earlier this season with 74. She also finished the season second highest on the team in digs with 2.53 per set. For the season, she finished with double-doubles in eight matches. This is the second year in a row she has received AVCA honors as last year she was named to the all-region honorable mention team.

Torrey Van Winden finished her first season at Cal Poly with the second highest single-season kills per set average in program history with 4.83. Against Wichita State, she posted a career-high 30 kills. She had a team-high nine double-double matches this season. For the season, she also had a hitting percentage of .343 and averaged 2.30 digs per set. She was also named to the 2017 All-Big West First Team.

Adlee Van Winden finished with season averages of 3.33 kills per set (second highest on the team), hit .266, 2.47 digs per set and finished with 29 service aces. She had five matches in which she posted double-doubles. She had a season-high 22 kills during the Mustangs' comeback victory over Wichita State. She was also named to the All-Big West First Team this year.

This is the first year since 2011 Cal Poly had at least one player named to the AVCA All-Region First Team.

Sixth year head coach Sam Crosson received Pacific North AVCA All-Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Mustangs' to its best season in program history. The Mustangs finished the 2017 season with a 27-3 record, 16-0 in the Big West for the first time in program history. Crosson coached Cal Poly to its first Big West Conference title since 2007. He also led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 where they beat Denver in the first round before falling to UCLA in the second round. Crosson becomes the second Cal Poly head coach to receive AVCA All-Region Coach of the year (Craig Cummings, 1992).