Volleyball team rallies to beat Otters, 3-2

By Tiffany Roesler

The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team proved confidence was key
last weekend as it swept the competition, winning back-to-back
matches against No. 24 Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-2, and San
Francisco State, 3-0.

“This was our first weekend we won back-to-back,” said Head
Coach Rosie Wegrich. “The team’s confidence is growing with each
victory.”

The Broncos improved their overall record to 8-10 and 6-7 in
CCAA play.

At weekend’s end, the Otters’ and Gators’ overall records are
12-4 and 10-8, respectively. Their CCAA records stand at 9-4 and
7-6, which place them in third and seventh, respectively.

Though the Broncos remain in ninth place in the conference, they
are not deterred from this week’s upcoming matches.

“I think we’ll come into this week’s matches with a lot more
confidence,” said sophomore middle blocker Lindsey Poulos. “We’ll
have something to prove against [Cal State Los Angeles and Cal
State Dominguez Hills] since we lost to them in the first round [of
conference].”

The Broncos wiped out the San Francisco State Gators in three
straight sets, earning a total of 18 blocks and seven aces over the
Gators’ two blocks and four aces. The Broncos had a team attack
percentage of .317.

“I felt as a team we played really consistently,” Poulos said.
“Our poise is what got us through the match.”

Leading the team with a .526 attack percentage, Poulos had 11
kills, five block assists and one ace.

Junior right side hitter Kristin McNeese was also a top
performer with eight kills, five block assists, two aces and a .364
attack percentage against the Gators.

“We just got it done,” Wegrich said. “It was really
exciting.”

Though Poulos’ and McNeese’s individual performances helped, it
was the overall team effort and togetherness that led the Broncos
to success.

“As a team, we just need to keep pushing and keep finishing
games,” Poulos said. “We’ve done well this weekend with finishing
[both teams] off.”

Friday night’s emphatic match against the Cal State Monterey Bay
Otters was victorious as the Broncos took the No. 24 NCAA Div. II
team to five sets.

“Naturally, I feel that the team has generated the desire and
the confidence,” Wegrich said. “[They have been] getting enough
wins so they can battle it out with anybody.”

Freshman middle blocker Sinead Palmer performed well, earning 13
kills, four block assists and five aces.

Sophomore outside hitter Diana Lake and McNeese also earned 13
kills each against the Otters. Poulos had 12 kills, five block
assists and two solo blocks as well.

“[Winning back-to-back matches] is not easy to do when you’re on
the road,” Wegrich said. “I always stress team, but our hitting
percentage as a team is very good, very strong and very high.”

The Broncos now have momentum, a key component in any volleyball
match.

“The challenge is to keep playing the game we’re playing,”
Poulos said. “We can’t stoop down to any of the [other] teams’
levels.”

The Broncos are back home this weekend for two matches,
beginning with “Pack the Stands” night this Thursday at 7 p.m.
against the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles and play the Cal
State Dominguez Hills Toros on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles
(10-7, 7-6) are ranked fourth in the CCAA while the Toros (2-16,
2-11) are ranked 11th.

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