Women’s volleyball extended its winning streak to 12 games as the Cal Poly Pomona team defeated UC San Diego and Cal State San Marcos this past weekend.
The Broncos took down San Marcos Saturday night to remain a perfect 6-0 in conference play.
Coming out with high energy, the team managed to take a commanding lead in the first set, which has been key to its success this season.
The team was led by an aggressive senior middle blocker, Kristen Hamlin, who added seven kills in the first set alone.
The Broncos were able to cruise past San Marcos and take the first match 25-10.
Hamlin would finish off the night with a game high 17 kills while hitting at .500.
Cal Poly remained in control and kept a comfortable lead in the second set.
They led by as many as 12 points and finished off the set with a strong kill from senior outside hitter Andrea Bosnic.
The third set was a different story as San Marcos came out extremely aggressive looking to avoid a sweep.
The Cougars led most of the match and made it difficult for Cal Poly to find its rhythm.
The Broncos were down 16-13 when coach Wegrich called a timeout hoping to get her team regrouped.
“We got a little too comfortable in the third set,” Bosnic said. “I always tell the team don’t be scared. This is our gym and we just have to play with confidence.”
Unfortunately, Cal Poly was unable to answer the back to back points from San Marcos who ended the set on a 4-0 run. The Broncos lost the third set by seven points.
The fourth was another close, hard-fought battle between both teams.
“I just feel like we needed to take a deep breath and regroup,” freshman setter Kira Zimmerman said. “Sometimes we let it get away from us, but we just have to reset. When we play together we can dominate anyone.”
The Broncos did manage to regroup going into the fourth set as they found themselves with a 10-6 lead early on.
However, San Marcos continued to attack by adding six unanswered points and taking the lead 12-10.
From that point on, the game remained tight and with the Broncos down 16-14, Coach Wegrich called a timeout.
The team came out of the timeout fired up.
They added six unanswered points of their own and put themselves back on top.
The battle continued, but the Broncos managed to keep the lead. A kill by senior outside hitter Jenna Goldsberry followed by an attack error from San Marcos would give the Broncos the two points they needed to close out the final set and defeat the Cougars 25-21.
Goldsberry finished with seven kills and 11 digs. Bosnic would end the night with another double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs.
“The digs created a lot more opportunities to swing for me so I owe that to the defense,” Bosnic said.
Zimmerman added 49 assists, five digs and an impressive .778 hitting percentage.
“I think it’s just nice having all the seniors on the court making me feel really welcomed and all my hitters just talking to me,” Zimmerman said. “I feel like we just have a nice flow going on and the chemistry is good.”
The Broncos seem to be improving every week as they have now stretched their winning streak to an impressive 12 games.
“This is very special; it’s unique,” Head Coach Rosie Wegrich said. “The will and maturity that this team has displayed. We don’t crack, we don’t panic and I think that is the mark of a champion level team.”
Cal Poly beat UCSD Friday night in a thrilling five sets.
Heading to the fourth set, the Broncos were down one set and facing their first loss in conference play.
With a close fourth set and the game tied at 22, the Broncos managed to get three straight points to send the game to a fifth and final set.
Heading to the fifth set, the Broncos showed why they are 5-0 in conference play.
With a 5-3 lead the Broncos went on an 8-0 run and ultimately won the last set 15-5 to give them their 12th win of the season.
Friday’s game was the first of this season where the Broncos went to a fifth set.
Hamlin led the team with 21 kills and just three errors, while Bosnic recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 14 digs.
Goldsberry also had a double-double of her own, adding 13 kills and 14 digs to the stat sheet.
Zimmerman had a game high 51 assists, 10 digs and a .600 hitting percentage.
The Broncos look to remain undefeated as they travel to take on fifth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino Wednesday night.
In the CCAA standing the Broncos are currently in first in the south division.
CPP will also take on Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night, followed by what should be an exciting game on Saturday as the Broncos head to Los Angeles to take on an undefeated Cal State L.A.
All three games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
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