By Azariah Long
After losing a close game to Cal State Monterey Bay, women’s volleyball bounced back in a win against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers 3-1.
Cal Poly Pomona started off in a tightly contested battle in the first set.
The score was tied in the beginning of the set 5-5, but it did not take long until the Broncos started to pull away.
Toward the middle of the set, CPP took a 10-7 lead.
Later in the set, the Broncos started to have a little trouble and lost in a close game in the first set 28-26.
“We lost the first set tonight, and we could have blown it off, but the energy and team came together,” said head coach Rosie Wegrich.
Even though CPP lost the first set, they continued to fight.
“The first game was also tight, and it was a good first game”, said junior outside hitter Andrea Bosnic. “I think we just had a lot of energy coming into the next game, and we were really resilient as a team.”
In the next set, CPP was actively communicating and diving for the ball in the early set.
The Broncos came back and won the second set 25-17 right before the half.
CPP started of strong with a 5-0 lead over the Pioneers in set three.
The team was locked in, and they did not look back.
Midway through the set, the Broncos took a commanding 15-5 lead.
The Broncos took the set 25-13.
After the third set the score was 2-1.
In the final set, the Broncos struggled at the start but were able to prevail to win the set.
The Broncos started off with a 5-4 lead early.
The set was very close and was a seesaw battle. In the midpoint of the set, the team led 16-10.
CPP kept fighting and did not worry about the score. The Broncos finished off the Pioneers 22-16 in the final set.
“When we make diving plays for the ball and getting kills it makes the game a lot of fun,,” said senior setter Alina Smith.
The Broncos finished with 78 points, 63 kills, six aces, nine blocks, 58 assists, and 78 digs.
Andrea Bosnic, Alexandra Gresham, Jenna Goldsberry and Ally Wilder were among the top scorers for the Broncos.
Bosnic finished with 19 kills, 13 digs and hitting average of about .400. Gresham had eight kills and three digs.
Goldsberry had 10 kills, seven digs and a 33 percent hitting average. Wilder scored 10.5 points, nine kills, and three digs.
CPP remained at home for two games this past weekend, the first of which they lost 3-2 to Cal State San Marcos.
After dropping the first set, the Broncos won the next two but were unable to secure the win.
Bosnic was instrumental in the Broncos taking the 2-1 lead.
The Broncos scored six of the last eight points to win set three thanks to Bosnic’s four kills.
Set three was CPP’s best set.
They hit a .278 percentage and committed just three errors in 36 attempts.
By contrast, in set four, CPP committed 11 errors with a hitting percentage of .000.
After falling behind in set four 3-0, the Broncos went on a 5-1 run to take the lead.
San Marcos responded with two runs of their own.
An 8-2 run gave the Cougars a five point lead which they extended with a 9-5 run that put the set out of reach.
In a back and forth final set, CPP was down 14-11 and facing game point but battled back to within one point, before an attack error gave San Marcos the 15-13 set five win and 3-2 win overall.
Junior outside hitters Jenna Goldsberry and Bosnic led the Broncos with 16 and 13 kills respectively.
Bosnic finished with three aces, 21 digs and a hitting percentage of .089.
The most efficient Bronco was junior opposite hitter Desi Martin who hit at a .273 percentage to go along with her nine kills, three blocks and an ace.
CPP’s offense went through senior setter Alina Smith who assisted 33 of Cal Poly’s 57 kills.
The Broncos lost their second straight match Saturday night against UC San Diego 3-0 to close out the weekend.
The outcome could have been different if CPP could have edged out sets one and three that were decided by two points.
In the first set, the Broncos led by as many as five and were one point away from taking the opening set when a UC San Diego attack error left the score 24-21 to Cal Poly Pomona.
The Tritons would not go quietly, and with the help of two CPP attack errors went on a 4-1 run to tie the game at 25.
Both teams traded scores with until UC San Diego scored two in a row to take set one 31-29.
CPP could not keep pace in set two falling 25-14.
The Broncos were within five points for most of the set and trailed 17-14 when UC San Diego reeled of eight points in a row without reply to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
Once again, CPP led multiple times throughout the set.
A 5-0 run from the Tritons put the Broncos down 24-21 facing game point.
CPP rallied for three straight points to tie the game 24-24.
They could not complete the comeback as UC San Diego scored the next two points to win the game 3-0.
Errors proved to be the difference as CPP committed twice as many errors as UC San Diego, finishing with 30.
As a team, CPP hit at a .086 percentage while the Tritons hit .206.
Senior outside hitter Alexandra Gresham led the Broncos with 13 kills while also hitting at an impressive .258 clip.
The Broncos 1-3 record in their last four games leaves them at the bottom of the CCAA South Division with a record of 6-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
CPP will have one more home game tomorrow against Cal State San Bernardino before heading on the road this weekend to take on Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Volleyball finishes the weekend with a record of 6-8 overall and 2-4 in league
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