Volleyball comes up short over the weekend

The women’s volleyball team went back on the road and took on both Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. this past weekend.

 After snapping their seven-match losing streak last weekend, the Broncos were determined to keep up with their wins.

On Friday night, the Broncos arrived with their game faces to take on the Toros of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. Both teams battled their way in the first set and took it to the narrow score of 25-23, with the Toros taking the first set.

While the Broncos were down a set, that didn’t set them back. They came out with a win in the second set, 25-21.

The third set was also a narrow score, but the Toros clinched the set with an ending score of 25-23. With the Toros up 2-1 in sets, the Broncos weren’t going to go down without a fight.

The Toros ended up dominating the fourth set and took the victory, 25-15. The Broncos suffered a 1-3 set loss against the Toros.

Freshman outside hitter Jazminn Parrish ended up with 18 kills for the night. Both junior middle blocker Ally Wilder and freshman opposite side hitter Daisy Duke each had nine kills while freshman middle blocker Kaitlan Tucker had eight. Junior defensive specialist Brynn Sherbert made 16 digs while both sophomore setter Kira Zimmerman and Parrish each added 11 digs for the Broncos.

Jazminn Parrish (left) recorded 18 kills during Friday’s match against Cal State Dominguez Hills.
(Courtesy of CPP Athletic Department)

With a successful run for Wilder, she said “mixing up my shots and keeping high energy” was her strongest attribute for the night. While preparing for the match against the Golden Eagles from Cal State L.A., Wilder said, “We have to keep pushing when we have a set lead and close out every set.”

After undergoing a tough loss, the Broncos prepared to take on the Golden Eagles in Los Angeles.

The first set was a close one, but the Golden Eagles took the victory with an ending score of 25-23. The Eagles were on a roll and dominated the second set, 25-18.

Although the Golden Eagles gained momentum, the Broncos continued to work hard. The Broncos ended up taking the third set, 25-21. They also got on a roll of their own and took the fourth set, 25-23.

With a push to the fifth set, both teams were pumped up and adrenaline was running high. The deciding set was on the line for the two teams but it was the Golden Eagles who came out victorious, with the close ending score of 17-15.

The Broncos rallied to force a fifth set, only to come up short to No. 24 Cal State L.A. on Saturday night. The Broncos lost to the Golden Eagles 2-3 in sets and rounded up their weekend with two losses.

Parrish led the Broncos with 16 kills and three blocks. Parrish also had one ace to add onto her numbers for the night. Duke ended the night with 14 kills and two blocks. Tucker and junior Aofiaolela Faa’agi both split six kills for the night. Tucker led with eight blocks and Faa’agi trailed behind her with five blocks.

“We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season,” Faa’agi said. “Learning from our mistakes and capitalizing on our strengths against some high level teams. Although we aren’t satisfied with the outcome, we are happy with the progress we are making as a whole.”

As the Broncos’ season is coming to an end, the women’s volleyball team finishes its season at Kellogg Arena for its last three games. The Broncos face the Otters of Cal State Monterey Bay at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

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