Women’s volleyball went 1-2 this past week as they were defeated by second-rank Cal State San Bernardino and 16th rank Cal State Los Angeles.
The Broncos 12-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night as they were swept by second-ranked Cal State San Bernardino in three sets.
Both teams entered the game knowing that only one would remain undefeated in conference play.
The Coyotes came out strong looking to make a statement as they led the Broncos by six midway through the first set.
After calling their second timeout of the set, CPP was able to climb their way back and a kill by senior outside hitter, Jenna Goldsberry, would tie up the score at 20 apiece.
Goldsberry would finish the game with eight kills to go along with 10 digs.
Unfortunately, the Broncos were never able to take the lead and CSUSB took the first set 25-23.
The next set was just as intense, but this time Cal Poly was the team that came out aggressive and found themselves on a 7-2 run leading for the first time.
The Broncos’ 5-point lead slowly disappeared as the Coyotes went on a run of their own to make it a 1-point game.
Midway through the second set was a back-and-forth battle with the score extremely tight. CSUSB managed to tie the score up seven times, but the Broncos kept fighting to keep the lead.
All knotted up at 23 apiece, the Coyotes were able to take their first lead of the set with an attack error by Cal Poly.
The Broncos called a timeout as they were down 24-23, but another attack error would allow San Bernardino to reach 25 and claim the first two sets.
All the momentum was in favor of San Bernardino heading into the third set.
It started off extremely close as there were a total of 11 ties and no team found itself up by more than one point. It wasn’t until midway through the set with the score all even at 13 apiece, that the Coyotes proved to be too much as they went on a run, took a 5-point lead and never looked back.
“In general our offense was not as crisp as it has been in the past,” Head Coach Rosie Wegrich said. “We have to be steadier and we have to match point for point.”
CSUSB was able to close out the final set with a score of 25-16 and complete the sweep, handing the Broncos their first loss in 12 games.
Senior middle blocker Kristen Hamlin would end the night with eight kills and five digs while Desi Martin added six kills of her own to go along with five blocks.
“I believe this game was a wake-up call for us because this team was a lot more competitive than other teams we’ve played,” Hamlin said. “As soon as the game ended we wanted to get in the gym and practice. We wish we could have practiced that night.”
Senior libero Alex Bollier also had a match-high 23 digs in Wednesday night’s loss.
“Where we’re at in the season, we can really take this loss and learn from it,” Bollier said. “We get to see the areas we need to improve on, which is important. This team is just super determined, super hungry and I think you are going to see an even better Cal Poly Pomona volleyball team.”
Looking to bounce back, the Broncos defeated Cal State Dominquez Hills Friday night three sets to one.
The Broncos came out sluggish in the first set as they were down 5-3 at the start.
There was no worry for the Broncos as they came firing back to take the first set 25-18.
Being down a set, the Toros jumped on the Broncos right away as they had a 18-8 lead during the second set.
The deficit was too much for the Broncos as they dropped the second set 25-16 to tie the match at a set apiece.
CPP took the third set 25-17, giving them a set away from winning the match.
The fourth set was closer than the other three, but the Broncos took the set 25-20 to push the Broncos 14-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Hamlin led the team with 12 kills and having a .677 hitting percentage.
Playing their third game in a week, the Broncos were swept by Cal State LA on Saturday night.
The Broncos never held a lead in the first or the third set.
They lost both sets 25-16.
In the second set the Broncos led the Eagles early 2-0, but the Eagles came roaring back to take the lead from the Broncos.
The Eagles led by as much as seven points in the second and took the set 25-18.
The loss gave the Broncos their third loss of the season and all via a sweep. The Broncos are now 14-3 in the season and 7-2 in conference play.
CPP will head to Cal State San Marcos Friday night to take on the Cougars and UC San Diego Saturday night to face the Tritons. Both games will be held at 7 p.m.