Split Set

By Elliot Heis

Cal Poly’s volleyball team split their home game stretch 2-2
with wins against Humboldt State 3-1, and Cal State Dominguez Hills
3-0, and losses to Sonoma State and Cal State LA, with both games
ending 3-1.

“What we’ve got to do is come back in game three,” Broncos head
coach Rosie Wegrich said Saturday. “After that intermission we’ve
got to come back ready to compete.”

In the three games in which Cal Poly conceded games, the Broncos
lost the third game in all of them. The split results make no
improvement on the Broncos’ record, now at 7-9, with a 4-5 record
in CCAA play.

Cal Poly has taken a positive step, however, in team
development, with the slew of freshmen settling into NCAA level
play. Freshman Lindsey Poulos played a great game in the win
against Humboldt, tallying five kills from five attempts in the
crucial second game after a quiet opening game.

“The first game went a little shaky and it took a while to get
the confidence,” Poulos said. As a freshman, Poulos is enjoying the
new experiences offered at Cal Poly. “I love it,” Poulos said. “I
love the team and the athletic program.” However the team’s
successes have been far from a solo effort. With each game the team
plays with a greater understanding of each other’s role. “I feel
that our work is really showing,” Wegrich said.

In the Broncos’ emphatic win against Dominguez Hills, senior
Audrey Driscoll had a career high of six service aces, contributing
to the team’s shutout win. “It was really good; we were in the
flow, in our rhythm,” Driscoll said. “We just went out and played
our game and had a good time.”

The Broncos controlled the game throughout the entire contest.
“We played the pace of game we’ve been practicing,” Wegrich said.
The Broncos’ most recent game was against CCAA rival Cal State LA,
in which Cal Poly lost 3-1; three of those games were down to the
wire.

“We were right there, but had some bad luck,” Driscoll said. The
hard fought battle was seen by a full house Saturday during “Pack
the Gym” night, bringing in the crowds that were loud and energetic
all throughout the game.

“We’ve been having some great, fun crowds,” Wegrich said. “It’s
really nice to have a real home court advantage.” The team is
optimistic about the upcoming conference games as the team moves
into the second half of the season. “We’ve been killing it in
practice, taking it one by one,” Driscoll said.

“Every game and practice we get better, and we’re looking
forward to the next match.” The Broncos hit the road for the next
five matches, beginning on Friday at San Francisco State. The
Broncos will return home October 23 to host Chico State, and will
remain home October 24 against Cal State Stanislaus.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

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