Nov. 21, 2008

SAN BERNARDINO, CA. - Cal Poly Pomona bolted to a 2-0 lead in the first two sets and then hung on for dear life against Cal State L.A. to win 3-2 in the first NCAA Div. II West Regional volleyball semifinal in Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino.

The Broncos (20-7) and the third seed in the tournament, won the first two seats easily 25-12 and 25-13, but Cal State L.A. (21-8) - repeating its comeback approach to matches, won set three 25-17 and then took the fourth set 25-19 to set up a pressure-packed fifth set in which the Broncos prevailed 15-13.

Elizabeth Diaz and Vanessa Williams combined for 24 kills while setter Jasmine Davis had a double-double for the Broncos with 43 assists and 12 digs. Libero Rafaela Rosa came up with 17 digs.

Junior Gabriela Bulawczyk led the Golden Eagles with 18 kills while Ursula Vieira came off the bench to pound home 12 kills. Lindsay Laakso had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 ditgs. Kaylynne De La Rosa and Keslie Brown combined for 45 assists.

The Broncos will play the winner of the Cal State San Bernardino-Chico State match in the regional title match at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Cal Poly hit .210 for the match with 22 block assists. Williams, ranked No. 3 in the nation in blocks per set, had six against L.A. The Golden Eagles hit .156 for the match with 10 blocks.

The fifth set was even at 13-all on a service error by Cal Poly Pomona. However, Williams' kill off an assist by Davis put the Broncos at match point and Williams delivered the final blow, a kill that caromed off a defender into the stands.