DAVIDSON, N.C. – Bakersfield (2-1) dropped a nail biter against Davidson (2-0) in five sets (25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 14-16) Saturday afternoon at the Belk Arena to finish the Wildcat Classic 2-1. The ‘Runners couldn’t hold a two set lead over the Wildcats with errors being a contributing factor. As a team, CSUB hit .071, .111, and .094 in sets three through five respectively.

"We outscored Davidson today but I commend them because they played a very low error match," said head coach Jolene Shepherdson. "It was a good tournament for us to start the season off with because we have to learn to deal with consistent pressure," said Shepherdson. 

Debora Araujo (Sr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Western Nebraska CC) continued to shine as she broke the CSUB record for most kills in a match at the Division I level for Bakersfield with a game-high  24 on her way to her second double double and finished the tournament with 54.

Mariah Alvidrez (R-Jr., Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS), Fernanda Gonçalves (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Western Nebraska CC), and Araujo each recorded double doubles in the loss.

The duo of Araujo and Alvidrez were also selected to the all-tournament team by the tournament coaches. 

The ‘Runners used multiple spurts on the offensive end in the first frame and jumped out to an early lead over the Wildcats. CSUB used the multiple attacking errors committed by Davidson and extended their lead. DC however used an 8-2 run to get within one but the ‘Runners were able win the set 25-22 on a bad set by MiKayla Derochie.

In the second frame, an early 5-0 run by the CSUB in addition to Araujo’s nine kills propelled the Roadrunners over Davidson to take the second set 25-20.

The Wildcats came out firing in the third set taking an early 11-5 lead before Bakersfield called a timeout to cool DU down and regroup. The ‘Runners were able to gain some ground but hitting errors was what kept CSUB from making a comeback.

Like the third frame, Bakersfield was unable to get in rhythm along with poor hitting forced the match into a fifth set.

Down 13-9 in the final set, the Roadrunners rallied back with 4-0 run to tie up at 13 all on Araujo’s kill. The Western Nebraska CC transfer tied it up once again at 14 all but Rachel Earnhardt slammed in her 19th kill of the match to give Davidson the lead before sealing the comeback victory over Bakersfield after Araujo’s shot was blocked by a pair of Wildcats.

The Roadrunners return to action Wednesday, Sept. 4, for a single non-conference match at Radford for a 4 p.m. (PDT) start before driving north to James Madison Classic Sept. 6-7.

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