By Heather Ludegna
Volleyball lost 3-0 (26-28, 21-25, 16-25) to Cal Sate San Bernardino on Saturday night.
In the California Collegiate Athletic Association, the Broncos are now 5-7 and have moved to 9-11 overall after the loss.
They now sit at the bottom of the South Division.
“We just couldn’t pull it through,” head coach Rosie Wegrich said. “We tried every line up; we moved people around. I probably utilized 12 out of 15 people on the team.”
Three weeks ago, the Broncos beat the Coyotes for the first time in three years, but they were unable to complete the season sweep this weekend.
Cal Poly Pomona started with junior outside hitter Jenna Goldsberry, senior opposite Desi Martin, junior middle blocker Kristen Hamlin, senior setter Alina Smith, junior outside hitter Andrea Bosnic, senior opposite Alexandra Gresham and junior libero Alexandria Bollier.
The Broncos led by as much as six points before San Bernardino rallied back to tie the score 12-12.
After a back and forth set one, the Coyotes took the set 28-26 after two straight points that ended with an attack error by Gresham.
The Broncos fell behind 4-0 at the start of the second set but slowly chipped away at the deficit and tied the set 12-12 after a 4-1 run, which included two kills from Hamlin.
A 6-1 run from the Coyotes seemed to put San Bernardino on the brink of a 2-0 lead.
CPP rallied once again to even the score 20-20.
The Broncos could not complete the turnaround as San Bernardino scored five of the next six points to win 25-21.
San Bernardino pulled away from CPP in the third set.
The Coyotes completed the sweep by going on a 5-0 run to close out the set and winning by a comfortable score of 25-16.
The Coyotes played a nearly perfect third set.
They committed just one error in 44 attempts with a hitting percentage of .364.
For the match, San Bernardino hit at a .252 percentage compared to CPP’s .098.
“San Bernardino was very ready for us,” Wegrich said. “They blocked and defended very well.”
Errors did not decide the match as CPP committed only one more error than San Bernardino.
However, CPP managed just 30 kills across three sets compared to the Coyotes’ 53.
Bosnic and Hamlin tied for a team high seven kills.
Bosnic also tallied two aces and 18 digs.
The Broncos will play at home against Stanislaus State and Chico State this Friday and Saturday.
The top four teams in each Division qualify for the CCAA Tournament.
The Broncos have five games left to move into a playoff spot.
Courtesy of CPP Sports Information
Volleyball is now sixth place in the CCAA South Division
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