LOS ANGELES—CSU Bakersfield dropped a pair of beach volleyball duals to nationally ranked opponents Thursday afternoon.
The Roadrunners lost 5-0 to No. 5 Long Beach State (24-5) in the opener. In the first flight, the 49ers got on the board when Jenelle Hudson and Megan Kruidorf defeated Fabiana Andrade and Hannah Manzanares 21-10, 21-15. Long Beach State took a 2-0 lead at No. 4 as Morea Wagner and Heather Weiss earn a straight sets victory over Ally Barber and Kayla Tinker (21-15, 21-6).
The 49ers clinched the match when Sasha Karelov and Kobi Pekich defeated Sarah Garrow and Ashley Prater 21-8, 21-19 in the No. 3 match. At No. 2, Anete Brinke and Hailey Harward defeated Madi Busler and Jocelyn Rodriguez 21-16, 21-14. Long Beach State wrapped up the match at No. 1 when Nele Barber and Rachel Nieto defeated Carol Grasso and Sara Little 21-12, 21-17.
CSUB dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 1 USC (27-0) in the nightcap. The Women of Troy recorded the first point of the dual at No. 4 where Joy Dennis and Abril Bustamante defeated Barber and Tinker in straight sets. At No. 5 Andrade and Manzanares lost the first set to Jo Kramer and Katrina Kernochan 21-11. The ‘Runner pair rallied for a 13-9 lead midway through the second. The USC pair scored the 12 of the final 15 points of the second set to complete the victory 21-16 and give the Women of Troy a 2-0 lead.
USC clinched the dual when Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin defeated Garrow and Pratter 2-0. Busler and Rodriguez lost 21-12 at No. 2 to Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler in the first set before nearly coming in the second. The CSUB duo lost 21-18 in set two. Kelly Claes and Sarah Hughes swept Little and Grasso at No. 1 to finish the dual.
"We had good moments today, raising our level of play," said CSUB head coach Cesar Benatti. "However we could not figure out how to keep their pressure off of us for bigger amounts of time. Its not by accident they are two of the best teams in the country. We definitely are getting better and hope to continue to grow for Saturday and for the conference tournament next week."
The Roadrunners drop to 1-15 on the year with 10 of the losses coming to nationally ranked opponents. The ‘Runners host Cal State L.A. and Bakersfield College in a tri-dual Saturday to conclude the regular season. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.
The CSUB Student Recreation Center was opened in 2009 and is the center of student interaction and wellness at CSU Bakersfield. The $24 million facility houses over 75,000 square feet of both exercise equipment and other spaces for fitness, education and recreation for CSUB students, faculty and staff. In 2012, the SRC, CSUB Athletics, along with donors Steve and Lori Barnes collaborated to build the sand courts, home of Roadrunner Beach Volleyball and a place for students & community members to participate in this emerging and exciting sport.