By David Wilson
Volleyball opened California Collegiate Athletic Association play with a 3-0 loss on the road to Sonoma State University.
Set one was back and forth with the Broncos trailing throughout, but remaining within striking distance. Sonoma State pulled away in the latter part of the set ending up 25-16 winners.
“We looked a little tight meaning tentative,” Head coach Rosie Wegrich said.
The Broncos came out strong in the second set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a kill by senior opposite Alexandra Gresham and a teardrop hit to the back right corner by junior outside Jenna Goldsberry.
CPP’s lead was erased with a 4-0 run by Sonoma State, and the set was back and forth from that point on. Junior outside Andrea Bosnic recorded five of her 11 kills in the second set.
Bosnic finished with 11 kills, two blocks, six digs and a hitting percentage of .208.
“We limited our errors and we were just more aggressive and we became more of the team that we are,” senior setter Alina Smith said. “The second set was more of who Cal Poly is, the fight that we put up, the way we played, the way we stayed disciplined.”
Smith led the Broncos with 15 assists and chipped in six digs.
It was not enough, however, as strong play at the net by Sonoma State junior middle Morgan Annala blocked the Broncos on successive points as part of Sonoma’s 5-3 run that handed them the second set 25-21.
“We have to be more creative in our shots,” Wegrich said. “We can’t hit harder and harder and harder; we need more of a repertoire of shots. Mixing it up, deep, short, power, tipping, just everything to keep the defense honest.”
Annala finished with nine kills and seven blocks to go along with her .692 hitting percentage.
Needing to win the third set, CPP got off to a rough start with senior setter Alina Smith committing a service error on the opening serve. That set the tone as Sonoma jumped out to an 8-3 lead and never looked back.
CPP was unable to stop sophomore outside Caiti Weisner who tallied 13 kills, one block, ten kills and a .294 hitting percentage.
The Broncos could only muster eight points in a lopsided final set.
“There were a few things that we should have capitalized on,” Smith said. “I don’t think they did anything too crazy.”
CPP missed chances to elongate the contest committing 28 errors to Sonoma State’s 10. They also lost the hitting percentage battle .035 to .284.
“We can make them look good by making all the errors in the world,” Smith said. “That was one of the things that we talked about afterwards that we need to focus on is limiting our errors.”
A .035 hitting percentage means that less than one out of 10 swings resulted in a kill for CPP.
“You can’t win hitting that low of a percentage,” Wegrich said. “There’s nothing magical about that.”
Wegrich set the target hitting percentage to win the CCAA at .250.
“We have to just try and cultivate the mindset on our team. We’re physical, we’re capable of winning against the teams that have been traditionally top two or one,” Wegrich said. “I think we played to avoid losing tonight instead of playing to win.”
CPP bounced back the following night on the road against San Francisco state besting the Gators 3-1.
Cal Poly took a 2-0 lead by winning the first two sets 25-23 and 25-16 respectively.
After a close first set, the Broncos tore off a 9-1 run in the second set that took the score from 9-8 to 18-9.
Set two was by far the best from CPP.
They committed just three errors and hit at a .333 clip as a team.
Even a timeout from San Francisco midway through the run could not stem the tide as CPP reeled off another another five points to the Gator’s one.
The Broncos nearly won in straight sets after jumping out to an 8-1 lead to start the third set.
Leading 22-16 and three points away from the win, San Francisco State went on a 7-0 run to take the lead away from Cal Poly.
A kill by Junior opposite Desi Martin tied the score at 25 but two straight points from the Gators handed them set three extending the game.
CPP halted any possible San Francisco State rally by winning set four 25-18.
After hitting .035 as a team the night before, Cal Poly’s hitting percentage improved to .235 despite still committing 22 errors.
Bosnic once again led that team finishing with 13 kills.
Bosnic was all over the hardwood notching four assists, seven digs and three aces while also leading the team in kills with 13.
Bosnic led all Broncos with 24 kills in two games.
Martin was the most efficient hitter in the game, earning nine kills with a .350 hitting percentage.
CPP head back home to Kellogg Arena with a record of 5-5 overall and 1-1 in CCAA play.
CPP will play Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay this Friday and Saturday to start a five game homestand.
Courtesy of CPP SPORTS INFORMATION
Andrea Bosnic (left) and Desi Martin (right) combined for 38 kills over the weekend
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