LOS ANGELES - It didn't take long for the CSU Bakersfield sand volleyball program to record the first win in program history. On their very first day of competition as a first-year program, the Roadrunners defeated Grand Canyon 4-1 and fell to No. 3 USC 5-0.

Against Grand Canyon, Shayna Guitare (Jr., Torrance, Calif., Pierce College) and Mariah Alvidrez (R-So., Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS) picked up a 2-1 (19-21, 21-20, 15-11) come-from-behind win in a close battle in the No. 2 match. In the No. 3 slot, Molly O'Hagan (So., Tonganoxie, Kan., Tonganoxie HS) and Lisa Bartsch (Jr., Wuppertal, Germany, Augusta State) tallied a 2-0 (21-18, 21-17) win. Julia Bowen (Jr., Ontario, Canada, Wilfrid Lauer Univ.) and Danika Youngblood (So., Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Nebraska CC) teamed up for a 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) victory in the No. 4 match. In the No. 5 showdown, Kelsee Sawyer (Fr., Temecula, Calif., Great Oak HS) and Star Tucker-Campbell paired up to post a 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) win. 

"Overall it was a great, historical day," said CSUB head coach Aaron Shepardson. "It was a very exciting day not only for our program, but for CSUB in general."

Against the third-ranked Trojans (2-1), Bartsch and O'Hagan went to three sets in their No. 3 showdown, but fell in a close one 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-12). USC won the other four matches 2-0.

"I am proud of the way we came out against USC," Shepardson said. "Molly and Lisa had one of the best matches that I've ever seen. They really showed a lot of skill and toughness in taking USC to three. Overall, it was a very solid effort for the team. We made some big strides in terms of aggressive play and communication."

The 'Runners won't have much time to celebrate their historic win as they have to turn right around and play in the USAV Collegiate Challenge on Friday and Saturday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The 'Runners will have their hands full in the tournament as they will battle Florida State, Nebraska, Pepperdine and Grand Canyon.

CSUB will start the day with a rematch against Grand Canyon at 9 a.m., followed by a showdown with Florida State at 10 a.m. 

CSUB 4, Grand Canyon 1

1 - Kristen Johannsen/MacKenzie Phelps (GC) def. Debora Araujo/Yuan Fu 2-0 (21-19, 21-19)

2 - Shayna Guitare/Mariah Alvidrez (CSUB) def. Sara Bowden/Shannon Dugan 2-1 (19-21, 21-20, 15-11)

3 -  Molly O'Hagan/Lisa Bartsch (CSUB) def. Kaitlyn Ausmus/Caelen Hiller 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)

4 - Julia Bowen/Danika Youngblood (CSUB) def. Megan Davis/Chloe Jenkins 2-0 (21-15, 21-14)

5 - Kelsee Sawyer/Star Tucker-Campbell (CSUB) def. Brittney Spackman/Courtney Spackman 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) 

6 - (Ex) Erica/Carmen (GC) def. Sara Little and Eryn Riley 2-0 (21-16, 21-15)

No. 3 USC 5, CSUB 0

1 - Kirby Burnham and Bria Russ (USC) def. Debora Araujo and Yuan Fu 2-0 (21-13, 21-15)

2 - Fuller and Stevi Brooke (USC) def. Mariah Alvidrez and Shayna Guitare 2-0 (21-10, 21-9)

3 - Brooke Fournier and Natasa Siljkovic (USC) def. Lisa Bartsch and Molly O'Hagan 2-0 (21-15, 19-21, 15-12)

4 - Alexa Stonish and Sydney Seau (USC) def. Julia Bowen and Danika Youngblood 2-0 (21-15, 21-13)

5 - Kati Duddridge and Sam Hirschmann (USC) def. Star Tucker-Campbell and Kelsee Sawyer 2-0 (21-12, 21-11)

6 - (Ex) Erin Kaupp and Christine Irvin (USC) def. Sara Little and Eryn Riley 2-0 (21-12, 21-16)

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