Broncos struggle during tough road trip

By Aaron Salazar

The Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team suffered two losses on its road trip over the weekend.

On Friday, it fell 3-1 to UC San Diego, and on Saturday, it fell 3-1 to No. 19 Cal State San Bernardino.

Despite the losses, history was made on Saturday. With another 29 digs against CSUSB, senior libero Zoe Herrera moved into the top spot in the record books for digs in a career. The previous record was 1,517 set by Kiting Kolar throughout the 2004-07 seasons.

The loss dropped CPP to a 13-11 overall record and a 9-7 record in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play.

On Friday, the Broncos lost in four sets to the UCSD Tritons. The Tritons won sets one, three and four with scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-17 respectively. The Green and Gold was able to salvage a win in set two with a score of 25-14. The win moved the Tritons’ record to 14-9 overall and 10-5 in CCAA play.

The Broncos lost set one 25-11 and looked overmatched for most of the set. Head Coach Rosie Wegrich noted how important it is for her team to win set one moving forward.

“We need some domination in that first set,” said Wegrich. “That is the thing that we have not been able to establish. I know it does not guarantee a win if you have a good first set, but it definitely helps your confidence level.”

CPP seemed to find its groove in set two with a steady distribution on the offensive side of the ball and stingy defense. After beginning the set with a 2-2 tie, CPP took the lead and held onto it en route to a 25-14 set win.

The Green and Gold came out strong in set three trading points early with the Tritons. UCSD secured the lead and won the set 25-14, after an impressive finish by its offense.

In set four, the two teams were in an evenly matched set once again. Senior middle blocker Christen Williams was fired up on the court and it rubbed off on her team.

“I was very pumped up knowing how we felt after the last game [in San Diego],” said Williams. “Our team energy was really good. [With] every kill anybody got, we were loud and explosive, and that really pumped up the team.”

After a 13-13 tie, UCSD went on an 8-1 run and took the set and the match with a 25-17 victory.

Herrera was a bright spot for the Broncos defense in the contest.

“They put me in the corner because other teams were hitting it to our corners,” said Herrera. “So, they put me in the corner, and we changed up our defense a little bit.”

The change worked as Herrera tallied 29 digs in the contest.

On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore outside hitter Deanna Blaine posted 15 kills for the Broncos. Senior setter Nicoletta Stork was next with nine kills for the Broncos. Sophomore setter Alina Smith logged 25 assists for the Broncos in the contest.

On Saturday, the Green and Gold took on the No. 19 Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes in San Bernardino, but it fell 3-1 in a competitive match.

CSUSB won set one 25-23, set three 25-17 and set four 25-21. The lone CPP victory was in set two by 25-22.

The win moved CSUSB to an overall record of 21-3 on the season and 14-2 in CCAA play.

CPP will stay on the road for its next two games. The Broncos will head north to take on the San Francisco State Gators on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Upon completion of that game, the Green and Gold will head to Hayward to challenge the Cal State East Bay Pioneers on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.


Izbel Torres / The Poly Post


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