Cal Poly Pomona women’s volleyball bounced back with a sweep against Cal State San Marcos Friday evening.
Each set was extremely close, but the Broncos managed to come out with a win. They were led by senior outside hitter, Andrea Bosnic, who had herself another double-double with a game-high 18 kills and also added 12 digs.
CPP found themselves down early, but a kill by Desi Martin tied the game at five apiece and the Broncos managed to earn a 4-point lead.
Cal Poly stayed in control for the majority of the set, but toward the end San Marcos climbed within one point, with the score 20-19.
The Broncos never lost their composure and managed to end the set on a 5-1 run.
The second set was another tight battle and this time the Broncos found themselves trailing for majority of it.
CSUSM looked to be taking the second set as they led by a score of 23-19.
The Broncos, however, kept fighting and scored seven of the last eight points to take the set 26-24 and earn a 2-0 lead.
San Marcos claimed an early 6-2 lead in the third set. The Broncos scored the next five points and the game was eventually tied at seven.
That was the first of many ties in the third set as it was a back-and-forth battle between both teams.
With the game all knotted up at 25, a kill by Andrea Bosnic put the Broncos up by one.
Immediately after, Kira Zimmerman dished a pass to sophomore middle blocker Ally Wilder, who gave the team its final point and Cal Poly won 27-25 to complete the sweep.
Wilder would finish the game with 10 kills of her own while hitting at an impressive .409 average.
Senior outside hitter Jenna Goldsberry would also make an impact by adding nine kills and eight digs to the stat sheet.
The Broncos continued their road trip by travelling to UC San Diego to take on the Tritons Saturday evening.
Last time the two teams played each other it ended up being an exciting battle that went to five sets.
The story line was similar for Saturday’s game as UCSD gave the Broncos a tough fight in all four sets.
The team was led by Bosnic, who had her second double-double of the weekend with an impressive game-high 20 kills and 15 digs. She was also named the Sixth Annual Reis Cup Most Valuable Player following Saturday’s game.
“I had really great support from the team that kept me aggressive and swinging even if I got blocked the play before,” Bosnic said. “It was a really fun and competitive environment.”
UCSD was aggressive in the first set and the score remained tight throughout the match. The Tritons even found themselves scoring seven unanswered points to put themselves up 18-14.
As usual, the Broncos remained calm and fought their way to a 25-23 victory.
The Tritons looked to even up the game in the second set, and that’s exactly what they did as they led the entire set and won 25-19.
With the score all even at one apiece, the third set was another gritty match, but the Broncos were able to bounce back and win 28-26.
“The third set was obviously a big fight for us,” Bosnic said. “I think we started to gain momentum at the right times which eventually gave us the win.”
Cal Poly used that momentum and easily took the fourth and final set 25-15, to defeat UCSD 3-1.
Desi Martin would finish the night with a career-high 15 kills and a .414 hitting percentage. Kira Zimmerman dished out a game high 49 assists and defensively.
“I think our team’s mental focus has definitely improved this weekend and we just created a really great ‘next play’ mindset,” Bosnic said. “That allows us to always put our focus into getting the next point. That’s the mindset we’re going to need for San Bernardino because it’s going to be a fun battle.”
The 24th ranked Broncos will face the No. 1 team in the nation, Cal State San Bernardino, Friday evening at Kellogg Arena.
The game is set to tipoff at 7:00 p.m.
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