TUCSON, Ariz.—CSU Bakersfield dropped a pair of duals Friday at the Arizona Wildcat Spring Challenge.

New Mexico (7-8), which received votes in both beach volleyball polls this week, defeated CSUB 5-0. The Roadrunner No. 4 duo of Emily Lopes and Mattison DeGarmo retired due to injury on the first point of their match against Chloe Crappell and Victoria Spragg to put the ‘Runners down 1-0.

Cassie House and Ashley Kelsey defeated Carol Grasso and Sara Little 21-7, 21-13 at No. 1 before Marisa Doran and Eastyn Baleto defeated Sarah Garrow and Ashley Prater at No. 3 21-10, 21-13. The Lobos closed the dual at No. 5 when Julia Warren and Lauren Twitty earned a 21-8, 21-15 victory over Hannah Manzanares and Ally Barber.

“We were very slow and unfocused against New Mexico which resulted in our worst performance of the season,” said CSUB head coach Cesar Benatti.

The shorthanded Roadrunners lost 4-0 to No. 9/13 Grand Canyon (14-3) in the nightcap. With Lopes and DeGarmo out, the teams only played one through four in the dual. Molly Turner and Tajsa Kotnik defeated Grasso and Little 21-14, 21-12 at No. 1. Rebecca Conrad and Jessica Stansfield went to 22-20 before defeating Rodriguez and Madi Busler in the first set of the No. 2 match. Conrad and Stansfield would complete the straight sets victory 21-11.

At No. 3, Prater and Garrow dropped the first set to Hannah Towne and Jordyn Sanchez 25-23 before tying the match 22-20. Towne and Sanchez would win 15-9 in the third. Emily Reinking and Kelli Iverson defeated Manzanares and Barber 21-8, 21-12 at No. 4.

“We bounced back against Grand Canyon and competed well against them, but it was not sufficient to win the dual,” said Benatti. “Sarah and Ashley competed head-to-head with GCU which was a very positive point for us. We need to come out more focused tomorrow.”

CSUB (0-11) takes on No. 8 Arizona (8-6) to complete the tournament Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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