Women’s volleyball had another successful weekend at home and went 2-0, defeating Cal State East Bay and San Francisco State.
The 19th-ranked Broncos took down San Francisco State in four sets Saturday on “Dig For a Cure Night.”
Senior outside hitter Andrea Bosnic had another double-double and set a career-high 22 kills to go along with 13 digs.
“I just want to keep demanding more and more of myself,” Bosnic said. “I try to keep improving each game.”
The team relied heavily on its defense in Saturday night’s game and senior Alex Bollier was a big part of that.
Bollier made her presence felt on the defensive end and tallied 10 of her 26 digs in the first set.
Cal Poly got out to a hot start early by coming out with back-to-back kills and leading San Francisco State 5-0.
At one point the Gators managed to even up the score at 13 apiece, but offensively the Broncos were on fire hitting at a .410 average in the first set.
A kill by senior Jenna Goldsberry brought the first set to an end with the score 25-21.
“I thought I had a really good offensive night,” Goldsberry said. “I worked with the sets that were given and I felt a lot more confident on the court tonight.”
It was a back-and-forth battle in the second set as San Francisco State was extremely aggressive.
“Both teams played rally volleyball,” head coach Rosie Wegrich said. “I thought San Francisco was very tenacious tonight.”
The Gators tallied in 18 kills and propelled themselves to a 26-24 victory in the second set.
The players immediately huddled together following the loss to regroup. When asked about the discussion in that huddle, Bosnic said, “I think our communication kind of broke down so we made that our focus for the game. We don’t ever want to play as individuals; we want to come together and I think we did that as the game went on.”
Cal Poly was able to find its rhythm once again as the team dominated the third and fourth sets.
The Broncos superb defense propelled them past the Gators. They held San Francisco State to a combined .120 hitting percentage in the last two sets and defeated them with a score of 25-16 for both the third and fourth sets.
CPP would defeat SF State 4-1 and improve its record to 19-3 overall and 12-2 in the CCAA.
To go along with the 13 digs Bosnic had, three other Broncos tallied double-digit digs with Kira Zimmerman (10), Alex Bollier (26) and Chloe Fields-Owens (17) all playing terrific defense.
“I feel like our defense really allowed good passes so that the sets could be on target and the hitters could have an effective swing,” Goldsberry said.
Goldsberry would finish the night with 13 kills and seven digs. Kristen Hamlin would add nine kills of her own and Desi Martin tallying six kills as well.
Karah Griffiths was a key asset for the Broncos in their win Saturday night. She put up four kills and hit at a .400, but the stats won’t show just how important she was.
“She changed the momentum of their left side hitters,” Wegrich said. “She’s a beast and that’s a compliment. She came in and just roofed the outside hitter that was hurting us.”
The Broncos will return to Kellogg Arena Friday evening to take on 10th ranked Cal State LA.
“We’re really excited,” Bosnic said. “Cal State LA is definitely a rival; they’ve been a rival ever since I’ve been here. This is going to be a tough week of practice to prepare us, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Cal Poly will also take on Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday night. Both games are set to tip off at 7:00 p.m.
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