BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—CSU Bakersfield dropped a pair of beach volleyball duals Saturday afternoon.The Roadrunners got out to a slow start and could not recover against CSUN in CSUB’s first match of the day. The Matadors (1-1) won the first two matches to take a 2-0 lead over CSUB. Ally Barber and Kayla Tinker fell in the first set, 21-16 at No. 5, but rallied back in the second (21-17) to force third against Daniella Molinari and Cassidy Rosso but the CSUN duo would take the match 19-17.
The No. 4 match was also decided in the third set. CSUN’s Nico Stork and Nic Pinkney took the first set 21-17 before Hannah Manzanares and Madi Busler came back with a 21-15 victory to force a third set. However, the ‘Runners would fall short in the end finishing 15-11.
CSUN’s Aeryn Owens and Autumn Russell clinched the dual with a win at No. 3 over CSU Bakersfield’s Sarah Garrow and Ashley Prater that went to three sets. Owens and Russell won 21-9 in the opener before Garrow and Pratter battled back 22-20. The Matador pair won 15-6 in the third.
Jocelyn Rodriguez and Mattison DeGarmo fell at No. 2 in straight sets before Carol Grasso and Sara Little earned the only point of the match for CSUB at No. 1. Grasso and Little earned a 21-15 first set victory over CSUN’s Julie Haake and Katie Sato. The Matadors battled in the second set, but CSUB’s top pairing pulled out the 2-0 victory with a 22-20 win.Loyola Marymount defeated CSUB 5-0 in the second dual of the day. LMU’s No. 4 and No. 2 teams took a pair of straight-set victories over the ‘Runners in the first flight. After the second straight set of matches, the Lions clinched the match at No. 3 with 21-13 and 21-16 set victories.
The ‘Runners continued to play hard but were not able to win the final two match points. No. 1 Little and Grasso dropped the first-set, 21-12, fought hard for the second set, but the Lions’ Sarah Sponcil and Savannah Slattery were able to hold the ‘Runners of with a 21-17 victory.
The No. 2 matchup featuring Rodriguez and Degarmo ended in two sets as well. The ‘Runners took a rough first-set loss, 21-6. Rodrigues and Degarmo improved in set points, but still fell, 21-13. With the win, LMU improved to 6-6 on the season while the Roadrunners dropped to 0-6 with the loss.
“Grasso and Little did a good job executing the game plan against CSUN,” said CSUB head coach Cesar Benatti. “The other teams fought but weren’t as consistent. To compete against these teams, we must consistently be aggressive and focused.”
The ‘Runners will return to action with another tri-meet next Saturday. Pepperdine will play host to CSUB and Cal Poly, in Malibu, Calif. at Zuma Beach.
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.