SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Freshman Meredith Phillips tied her career-high in kills, finishing with a team-high 12, hitting .750 and added two block assists while fellow freshman Avalon DeNecochea recorded her first double-double of the season with 36 assists and 15 digs as the Cal Poly volleyball team swept UC Santa Barbara Friday 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-19) in front of over two-thousand fans at Mott Athletics Center.
The win over the Gauchos (12-8, 4-4 BWC) is the 16th in a row for the No. 12 Mustangs (17-1, 7-0 BWC), extends their Big West winning streak to 24 matches in a row dating back to 2016 and improves their home winning streak to a program-record 18 matches.
Junior Torrey Van Winden added 10 kills, hitting .450, junior Jessica McRoskey finished with nine kills and senior Adlee Van Winden posted seven kills to pace the Cal Poly offense. Senior Katherine Brouker led the team in digs with 16.
The Cal Poly offense fired on all cylinders in the first set, out-hitting UCSB .469 to .105. The Mustangs separated themselves from the Gauchos early in the set when, up 7-6, they scored eight unanswered points to take a 15-6 lead. The set was never close from that point. Cal Poly eventually extended its lead to 20-9 and went on to win the set 25-14.
The closest of the three, set two began with the Mustangs getting out to a 9-4 lead. UCSB then rallied to cut it to 11-8. Down 15-9, the Gauchos went on a 5-2 run to cut the lead to three points and later to a 20-19 lead. Up 23-22, two straight attack errors by UCSB gave the Mustangs the 25-22 win to take a two sets to none advantage.
Cal Poly continued its strong offensive attack into the third set, getting out to an early 11-5 lead. Up 11-6, the Mustangs used two kills and a block to take a 14-6 advantage and never looked back from there. The closest the Gauchos were able to get it to was 23-19. However, a Torrey Van Winden kill followed by a UCSB error sealed the 25-19 win and the sweep for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly will play six of its final nine matches of the regular season on the road. Up next are road matches against CSUN and Long Beach state next weekend. The Mustangs will face the Matadors Friday at 7 p.m. That match will air on ESPN3. They will then face the 49ers Saturday at 7 p.m.