CPP women’s volleyball pulled off an upset against No. 1 ranked Cal State San Bernardino Friday evening in a four-set thriller.
This was the second meet-up between the two teams, and the Broncos were looking to get redemption as the eclectic crowd in Kellogg Arena cheered them on.
Cal Poly was led by Kristen Hamlin, who had 17 kills and hit .571. Andrea Bosnic let her presence be felt with her eighth double-double (16 kills and 14 digs).
“The last time I played them I didn’t have my best game and I think it was because I was timid,” Hamlin said. “This game I told myself I’m not going to look at my stats. I’m just going to go out there and do what I know how to do.”
The Broncos came out in set one looking to be the aggressor as they took a 4-1 lead early. The teams traded points, but Cal Poly never allowed its opponent to gain the lead.
CPP tallied 17 kills in the first set alone, hitting a .433 average to take the first set 25-17.
“Taking the first set was huge for us,” Bosnic said. “That was definitely a momentum shifter for us. It really gave us the confidence we needed.”
The Broncos carried that momentum into the second set and found themselves with a 13-6 lead over Cal State San Bernardino.
The Coyotes called a timeout and were able to go on a 6-1 run to put themselves within four.
The battle continued between the teams and CSUSB attempted to climb its way back.
However, the Broncos kept their foot on the gas and a kill by Bosnic would end the set 25-21 and give Cal Poly a 2-0 lead.
“We just knew that they were going to make good plays and we were going to make good plays,” Bosnic said. “It was important to come out with a lot of energy and support each other on the court. I think eventually we were just able to overpower their energy.”
The third set was a different story and with their 10-0 record on the line, the Coyotes knew they had to assert themselves back into the game.
As the two teams were tied at 11-11, Cal State San Bernardino went on an 8-2 run, capped off by a service ace.
Cal Poly answered with a couple kills of their own and despite hitting at a .382, the Coyotes managed to stay in control and take the third set 25-22.
“I told the team — all of us, including myself — we have to maintain and be composed,” head coach Rosie Wegrich said. “Take care of our side of the net, take care of our ball control and keep being in the process mindset.”
Cal State San Bernardino continued to put the pressure on Cal Poly as it entered the fourth set.
Just when the Coyotes looked to be pulling away, the Broncos answered with two kills from Bosnic to put them within one.
Kira Zimmerman then tossed the ball up to Desi Martin who struck the ball down and the crowd screamed with excitement as the Broncos got their third straight kill and tied the game at 19 apiece.
The run forced the Coyotes to call a timeout to try and stop the momentum that had completely shifted in Cal Poly’s favor.
However, the Broncos continued to add to their run and were able to take the lead for the first time in the set.
A service error committed by the Coyotes would give Cal Poly its final point and Kellogg Arena was filled with cheers as the Broncos would win the final set 25-22 and take down the No. 1 team in the nation, 4-1.
“I don’t know how to describe this other than it’s a journey that we’ve talked about,” Wegrich said. “It’s a dirty, dusty, gritty, sweaty journey.”
Kira Zimmerman would dish out 50 assists as well as seven digs and five kills. Alex Boiler made a huge impact with a game-high 20 digs. Ally Wilder had 11 kills while both Jenna Goldsberry and Martin had seven kills of their own.
As a team, the Broncos hit .306 to the Coyotes’ .230. Cal Poly also held a 63-53 kill advantage and out dug Coyotes 66-56. “It’s definitely a big confidence booster,” Bosnic said.
“It shows us that we can hang with the big dogs, but we’re definitely going to keep demanding more from ourselves.”
The Broncos are back at Kellogg Arena next Friday at 7 p.m. to take on Cal State East Bay.
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