By Aaron Salazar
The Cal Poly Pomona women’s volleyball team fell to the nationally-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes on Thursday night during four sets at Kellogg Arena.
The match was held on Make-A-Wish Night and had 352 fans come out to support the Broncos.
The Coyotes won set one 25-13, set three 25-13 and set four 26-24. The Broncos only win was set two, with a score of 26-24.
With the loss, the Green and Gold moved to 7-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. Its overall record fell to 11-8.
CSUSB moved to 9-2 in CCAA play and 16-3 overall with the win.
In set one, CPP had no answer for the CSUSB offense.
The Coyotes went on several runs during the match and never let the Green and Gold get close on the scoreboard. The Coyotes ran away with the set 25-13.
Set two was a different story, the Broncos offense flowed and they were able to combat the tough CSUSB offense. After a tie at 24, the Broncos won the next two points and took the set 26-24.
“We had a lot better servicing and defense [in set two],” said freshman middle blocker Kristen Hamlin. “We talked about what we needed to work on ” we stuck to the game plan and that worked.”
Set two was the only win for the Broncos.
CSUSB dominated set three, racking up seven blocks in-route to a 25-13 win.
Set four was competitive and had several lead changes, but CPP was unable to close out the match and lost the final two points, losing the game 26-24.
One noticeable person missing for the Broncos was senior libero Zoe Herrera, who left the game after set three. Sophomore libero Alexandria Bollier took over as libero for the Broncos.
“Our libero position is very steep,” said Bollier. “[When Zoe left the game] I decided I was going to go and fight for my team.”
Bollier posted eight digs in the contest.
CSUSB’s offense posted a solid .326 attack percentage in the contest. The Green and Gold’s was .081.
CPP was outplayed at the net most of the night as well. Led by All-American middle blocker Brenna McIntosh, CSUSB out-blocked the Broncos 20-4.
McIntosh led the Coyotes with three solo blocks and nine assisted blocks.
On offense, sophomore outside hitter Deanna Blaine and Hamlin shined for the Broncos.
Blaine led the team with 19 kills and Hamlin posted another 10 for the Green and Gold, while senior outside hitter Nicoletta Stork led CPP with 11 digs.
Up next for the Broncos is a CCAA match against the UC San Diego Tritons on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Tritons are coming off of a win at Cal State Monterey Bay and enter the match with a 6-5 record in CCAA play and 10-9 overall.
Trent Preston / The Poly Post
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