CSUB volleyball parried Cal Poly’s fierce rally for a 3-1 victory – ullasports
CSUB volleyball parried Cal Poly’s fierce rally for a 3-1 victory
The Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners players could smell victory in the air.
After two dominant sets to start Tuesday night’s game against Cal Poly, the Roadrunners lost 25-12 in the third set and trailed 17-12 in the fourth. Something had to change, otherwise they would risk getting a backlash from the Mustangs – the same result they faced on Saturday night against UC Davis.
CSUB didn’t even allow it to reach the fifth set. Led by three late assassinations by Brooke Boazo (who had a total of 13) and aided by five errors in the attack from the Mustangs’ intermittent foul, CSUB continued 13-5 to end their 3-1 victory (25-14, 25). -21, 12-25, 25-22).
“I think it had a lot to do with what happened on Saturday,” said CSUB coach Giovanna Melo. “We managed to do something different, we managed to make changes mentally, just by learning from what we did before.”
CSUB’s momentum (17-8, 10-7) was thwarted by outside striker Tommy Stockham’s tenacious attacking play, which led all players to 19 kills, as the Mustang attack gave the Roadrunners everything they could handle on the stretch. .
Cal Poly (13-15, 11-6) certainly didn’t challenge CSUB’s defense early, posting an attack rate of 0.000 with seven errors in the first set. But the Mustangs still held him close until a mistake in Hailey McCluskey’s attack led to 16-14.
At this point, CSUB scored nine consecutive points to end the set. When serving Paige, Calvin Roadrunners received three assassinations from Boazo and one from Celesa Eliza (seven assists, 33 assists), one of the most prolific setters in the nation. She made Cal Polly spell all night with her tops.
“She’s good at it,” Melo said. “She trains every day to do it, and we’re lucky she does what she does.”
The second set includes another long run by CSUB, with a score of 9-9 to 16-9 behind Hana Makonova’s fierce attacking play, which has seven of its 10 kills in this set. But this time the Mustangs managed to keep him close, using a pair of timeouts to stop the tide and eventually reduced their deficit to 22-20 with an ace of Avalon De Necochea. However, this was as close as possible to Cal Poly and Makonova closed the set.
The third set provided what Boiseau called an awkward “journey down the path of memory” as the Roadrunners watched their chances of swinging slip. The Mustangs lit up to open the set, leading 12-1 with a mistake by Makonova, then 19-6 thanks to a pair of kills by Kate Slack. CSUB never had a chance and lost 25-12 in consecutive aces from Lea Ungar.
The fourth set gave a chance to stop the momentum of the Mustangs.
“We were all super motivated to get it at four,” Boazo said. “We had played so well in the first and second sets, so we knew we could do it. It was just a matter of focusing.”
This time both teams went kick for kick. CSUB’s 6-1 series to lead 9-6 was offset by Cal Poly’s 11-3 series, which forced Melo to use two time-outs.
After the Mustangs threatened to back off, CSUB got a little lucky with a pair of errors in attack and an ace of Paige Calvin, who barely deflected the net. The Mustangs regained their lead to three points at 20-17, but as in the first set, the Roadrunners were the late. They scored eight of the next ten points, underlined by Boazo’s precise shot to the back right corner, and won 3-1.
It was a reversal of fate on Saturday and in contrast to the cleaning of the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo on October 12.
“Every team we play on will be amazing,” Boazo said, “so (it’s about) being able to focus from the first point, instead of letting the game happen and join it in the middle.”
The Roadrunners will face an even tougher test on Friday as they host the Hawaii Conference leaders for their last home game of the year.