LONG BEACH, Calif.—The CSU Bakersfield beach volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at Long Beach.

The Roadrunners swept Irvine Valley College 5-0 in an opening exhibition. Winning at No. 1 were Carol Grasso and Sara Little. No. 2 saw Jocelyn Rodriguez and Ashley Prater pick up a straight sets win. Sarah Garrow and Mattison DeGarmo earned a straight sets victory as did the No. 4 pair of Hannah Manzanares and Madi Busler. Ally Barber and Kayla Tinker won in three sets at No. 5. Barber and Tinker lost 21-17 to Hailey Riden and Diamonique Brogan in the first set before coming back to take the match 21-12, 15-8.

No. 7 Long Beach State defeated CSUB 5-0 in the final match of the day. The 49ers won each match in straight sets.

“We executed well against Irvine Valley,” said CSUB head coach Cesar Benatti. “We were able to neutralize IVC’s pressure as well as manage the advantage that we created in all matches. Long Beach was the opposite. They came with a very aggressive game on us and we could not figure out how to respond with the same strength.”

The Roadrunners open at home next Friday when CSUB welcomes Bakersfield College to the Barnes Beach Volleyball Complex at the SRC. First serve is set for 5 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 partnered 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.

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