first_img “The regional rankings don’t really matter,” said Los Angeles head coach Bill Lawler, whose program entered the game sitting behind Pomona in the No. 2 spot in the region. “As far as the conference rankings go, it was very important. And now we’re tied.” Tied indeed, with a quality Cal State Bakersfield team ranked No. 23 in the nation and No. 8 in the region coming to town tonight for a 7 p.m. rematch of the five-game victory Pomona earned on the road in September. In other words, a lot is on the line for a Bronco team that could have solidified both its standing in the conference and its hopes to host the regional playoff with a weekend sweep. “It’s important,” Wegrich said. “It’s a new game and a new opponent.” For that, Wegrich would like to see better offense. The Broncos hit .132 for the game, but had just five aces to go with 14 service errors. Kellie Francis had a team-high 13 kills, but hit just .023 and Allison Anderson and Jenna Young hit .095 and .182, respectively, during the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With a raucous crowd and motivation from an earlier loss in tow, No. 12 Cal State Los Angeles stormed into Darlene May Gym and escaped with a five-game victory that is sure to turn both the CCAA standings and the Pacific Region rankings into a mess next week. But none of that weighed on the heart of senior setter Emily Kennedy afterward. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s not that,” said Kennedy, whose team fell, 26-30, 30-18, 20-30, 30-19, 15-8. “It’s that you put in some much work and so much effort into something and to not come out on top, that’s what hurts.” Nineteen times before, the Broncos (11-1, 19-1) had come out on top. On Friday, they hit .027 and .000 in losses in the second and fourth games, respectively, and then had no answer for a Golden Eagle team that hit .500 in the match-deciding game. “I think we had a strong effort,” Broncos head coach Rosie Wegrich said. “But we did not have the tried and true offense we used to earn a 19-0 record. We just did not look refined.” Not that the Eagles (11-1, 19-1) did, either. They hit .049 and .069 in the games they lost and had an assistant coach kicked out of Game 3 when he jumped from his seat to disagree with a line call. But Los Angeles, led by Tanya White and her match-high 16 kills, rebounded with a momentum- stealing 30-19 win in game four and came back from an early deficit in the final game to make up the ground that the Golden Eagles lost earlier this year in a five-game loss to Pomona. Now the two programs share first place, with identical records and strong cases for the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Region rankings. center_img POMONA – On five different occasions, the Cal Poly Pomona women’s volleyball team had extended an opponent to a decisive fifth game, and five times the Broncos had walked away the victor. On Friday night with a 19-game winning streak on the line and regional, national and conference standing hanging in the balance No. 6 Pomona finally cracked. last_img read more