By Heather Ludegna
Volleyball upset No. 23 ranked Cal State San Bernardino for the first time in three years, with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday at Kellogg Arena.
CPP’s last win against the Coyotes came on Oct. 3, 2014.
The game started off with senior opposite Desi Martin serving an ace for the first point of the set.
“We went in really confident, we went in thinking we were going to win,” said Martin. “Being kind of the underdogs, that really fired us up, made us want to pressure them even more.”
CPP ended the first set with a 4-1 run that senior opposite Alexandra Gresham finished with a kill to hand the Broncos a 25-21 set win.
Gresham tallied seven of her 18 total kills in the first set.
The Coyotes led 9-13 in set two, until a 4-0 run by the Broncos tied the score 13-13.
As in the first set, CPP pulled away winning seven of the last 10 possible points.
The Broncos took a 2-0 lead, winning 25-19.
CPP, however, was unable to win in straight sets, dropping set three 25-19.
“I think we slid off a little bit but then regained,” said junior libero Alexandria Bollier. “We found our energy again.”
Gresham added, “We played more reserved and less on them the whole time.”
In set four the Broncos stormed out to a 5-0 lead thanks to kills from Martin, sophomore opposite hitter Karrah Griffiths and junior outside hitter Andrea Bosnic.
The Coyotes clawed back tying the game 13-13 before CPP ripped off their second large run of the set this time 6-0 from which San Bernardino could not comeback.
“Our pregame meeting was all about interconnectedness, playing for each other 110 percent,” head coach Rosie Wegrich said. “To win you have to stay composed and confident.”
CPP split the next 12 points with San Bernardino to win set four 25-19 to close out their five game homestand.
Overall, the Broncos finished with a .201 hitting percentage while still committing 25 errors compared to Cal State San Bernardino’s 22.
Along with Gresham’s 18 kills, Bosnic and junior outside hitter Jenna Goldsberry tallied 13 and 16 kills respectively.
Senior setter Alina Smith, once again, led all Broncos with 50 assists.
CPP made it back-to-back wins on Friday when they travelled to Cal State Los Angeles and won 3-2.
After a back and forth contest throughout, CPP went on a 4-2 run in the fifth set to edge a 15-13 win.
Two of those four points came courtesy of Gresham whose final kill of the night won the game.
The Broncos got off to the perfect start dominating set one 25-13, while committing just two errors and hitting at a .375 percentage.
The rest of the match did not prove as easy with Cal State LA taking a tight set two 27-25.
CPP trailed for long stretches but rallied to take a 24-23 lead.
Cal State LA avoided falling behind 2-0 by going on a 4-1 run to level the match.
In set three it was CPP that finished strong scoring the last four points of the game to win 25-20 to take a 2-1 lead.
The trio of Gresham, Bosnic and Goldsberry combined for 41 of the Broncos’ 59 kills in the game.
Bosnic led the way with 17.
The Golden Eagles forced a fifth game by beating CPP 26-24 in the fourth set.
A kill by Gresham had the Broncos two points away from winning the match but Cal State LA scored the final two points to force set five.
The shortened set five was tightly contested with the largest lead being the Broncos 14-11 lead.
After two match point opportunities went the Golden Eagles’ way, Gresham snuffed out any Cal State LA rally handing CPP the victory.
CPP were unable to make it three in a row on Saturday falling to Cal State Dominguez Hills 3-1.
Volleyball will continue their five game roadtrip this Friday and Saturday against UC San Diego and Can State San Marcos.
CPP heads to San Diego with a 4-5 record in conference and 8-9 overall.
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Jenna Goldsberry finished with 16 kills against Cal State San Bernardino
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