By Aaron Salazar
The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team had a successful road trip over the past week going 2-1 in its matches against UC San Diego, Chico State and Stanislaus State.
The Broncos’ record moves to 7-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Their overall record is now 11-7.
The road trip started out on Tuesday with a five-set thriller against the UC San Diego Tritons.
The Broncos started out slow, dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-16.
The Broncos, down two sets to none, rallied back to win the match and stunned the Tritons in five sets. The Broncos won the final three sets 27-25, 25-21 and 15-12.
Senior libero Zoe Herrera posted 18 digs in the contest, which moved her into second place on the all-time CPP career dig list.
On Friday, the Broncos took on the Chico State Wildcats.
The Broncos and Wildcats split the first two sets with scores of 27-25 in favor of the Wildcats and 25-22 in favor of the Broncos.
The third set had a 15-minute delay due to the scorer’s table trying to figure out if CPP had served out of order. The ruling was that the Broncos did, and points were taken away from them.
CPP had to recoup and go on after the decision from the referees.
“Coach always tells us that we have no say over the [referee’s] or the table people,” said sophomore outside hitter Deanna Blaine. “We just have to keep our heads [focused] on the end of the game.”
The long delay took the Broncos out of rhythm, and they dropped the third set by a score of 25-23.
After set three, the Broncos were beginning to find their flow again.
“Our goal, lately, has been finding our flow,” said senior setter Nicoletta Stork. “Once we find that, we are unstoppable.”
The Broncos looked unstoppable in the final two sets as they ran away with the match after posting scores of 25-19 and 15-11.
Stork posted a triple-double in the contest after registering 14 kills, 24 assists and 10 digs for the Broncos.
Head Coach Rosie Wegrich talked about the poise the team showed in the wins over UC San Diego and Chico State.
“Our poise is growing, and that is the key for us,” said Wegrich. “We just have to continue to emphasize it [going forward].”
The role players also stepped up for the Broncos in the win against the Wildcats.
“The off-court players came onto the court, and they raised the energy bar,” said Wegrich. ” They just contributed [for us]. I was very pleased.”
Senior outside hitter Kirsten Rutledge, who logged four points and eight digs in the contest, was one of those players.
The Broncos took on the Stanislaus State Warriors on Saturday in Turlock and came out playing strong, defeating the Warriors 25-18 in set one.
However, the Broncos ended the road trip with a loss, only winning the first set then going on to drop the next three sets with scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-2.
Senior mid-blocker Alexa Hasen had 10 kills and four blocks in the contest and Herrera tallied 31 digs in the contest.
The third-place Broncos will return home on Thursday at 7p.m. to take on the nationally ranked Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes in the annual “Make-A-Wish” game at Kellogg Arena.
The second-place Coyotes enter the game 8-2 in CCAA play and 15-3 overall. The Broncos also have a match scheduled for Sunday at 5p.m. against UC San Diego at Kellogg Arena.
Courtesy of Tom Zasadzinski
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