Volleyball wins back-to-back over the weekend

By Heather Ludegna

Volleyball defeated the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles, 3-1 (29-31, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21) Saturday night at Kellogg Arena.

The win completed CPP’s first two-game winning streak since Oct. 6.

“It’s been a very satisfying week,” head coach Rosie Wegrich said.

In the first set, the Golden Eagles and Broncos fought back and forth till they tied 25-25.

The Golden Eagles eventually took the first set 29-31.

Junior outside hitter Andrea Bosnic hit at a .239 percentage, while leading the team with 21 kills.

Senior opposite Alexandra Gresham added 12 kills, and junior outside hitter Kristen Hamlin finished the night with nine kills.

“Our offense this week is right where it needed to be,” Wegrich said. “We are becoming unique.”

The Broncos took the second set 25-21 after coming back from a 21-17 deficit.

Senior setter Alina Smith tallied 40 assists, while outside hitter Samantha Figueroa collected 35 digs in the backline.

“We are all locked in now,” Figueroa said.

Figueroa is one of three who will be graduating this year.

“I’m doing okay, it hasn’t hit me yet,” Figueroa said.

The Broncos took the third set after fighting back from a 24-23 deficit.

The Broncos scored three straight points that ended with an attack error by the Golden Eagles handing CPP the 26-24 set win.

Bosnic finished with 11 digs, while sophomore setter Kay Powell added 11 assists.

“I was very tired from last night’s game coming into this, but after the first point, my adrenaline was going,” Bosnic said.

The Broncos overall tallied up 10 blocks.

In the fourth set, the Broncos and Golden Eagles traded points.

The Broncos fought for the win after a time out with a 23-21 lead, which helped them win the fourth set 25-21.

Saturday night was the last home game for three seniors, Gresham, Smith and Figueroa.

“It’s a mark to their loyalty to stick through tough times,” Wegrich said.

Saturday’s win was preceded by a win Friday night over Cal State Dominguez Hills 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 24-22).

Fans at Kellogg Arena were treated to bonus volleyball as the first to 15 fifth set went on for 16 extra points culminating in a service error by the Toros and a kill by Gresham that put an end to the madness.

The Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead only for Cal State Dominguez Hills to win the next two sets to level the contest.

Neither team pulled away in the fifth set with a 8-6 lead for the Broncos and a 12-10 lead for the Toros, representing the largest leads of the set

Facing match point, Powell set up Bosnic for a season saving kill.

The Broncos needed to score three times to extend the game, before going on a 5-1 run to secure the 24-22 win.

Bosnic led the team with 19 kills and added 10 digs.

Figueroa was immense for CPP, tallying 50 digs over the five sets.

The Broncos season comes down to a must-win game at Humboldt State this Saturday with a place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships on the line.

The Broncos improved to 12-12 overall and 8-8 in conference play.

Only the top four teams in the CCAA South Division qualify for the playoffs.

Junior outside hitter Jenna Goldsberry combined for 22 kills and nine digs over the weekend

Anthony Carrillo / The Poly Post

Junior outside hitter Jenna Goldsberry combined for 22 kills and nine digs over the weekend

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