CSUB sweeps first road trip of conference play

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Junior outside hitter Briannah Mariner and redshirt-senior middle blocker Sydney Haynes go up to block a kill attempt against Fresno State on Sept. 12 in the Icardo Center. Photo by Scot Swan/The Runner

Peter Castillo

Sports Editor

The CSU Bakersfield volleyball team swept its first road trip of its Western Athletic Conference schedule, while only dropping one set over the weekend.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Roadrunners defeated Chicago State University, 3-1 in Chicago, Illinois.

The two teams split the first two sets of the match, which were tightly contested.

In the first set, the Cougars led 24-22 at one point. CSUB went on a 5-1 run to close out the set, 27-25.

Chicago State won the second set, 25-23 and never trailed during the frame.

The Cougars held a 15-6 lead at one point, but the Roadrunners went on a 17-9 run to creep with one point of Chicago State before the Cougars were able to put them away with their next score.

CSUB then went on to win the third set, 25-17.

The set was tied 5-5 when the Roadrunners used a 13-3 run to pull away from Chicago State.

In the fourth set, CSUB won 25-20 and led from wire-to-wire.

“I am happy we were able to come out of difficult situations through the game and get the win,” said CSUB Director of Volleyball Giovana Melo, according to gorunners.com. “We were still very inconsistent. We missed a lot of serves.”

Freshman outside hitter Desiree Suhkov led the Roadrunners with 13 kills.

Redshirt-senior Haylee Roberts chipped in with 12 kills and two blocks. She currently leads the team with 155 kills on the season

Senior libero/setter Emily Lopes added 28 digs in the win.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, CSUB traveled to take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Roadrunners swept UMKC in straight sets, defeating the Kangaroos 25-18, 25-22 and 25-14. CSUB never trailed in the third set.

“That was the most consistent we have been all season,” said Melo, according to gorunners.com.

“We were very patient in every aspect.”

Redshirt-senior Sydney Haynes paced CSUB with 11 kills.

Senior setter Fabiana Andrade and redshirt-sophomore setter Sidney Wicks each totaled 20 assists and 11 digs.

The Roadrunners improved to 8-8 overall and 2-0 in WAC play.

Up next, CSUB is scheduled for a two-game home stand. Thursday, Sept. 28, the Roadrunners will take on Seattle University at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 30, CSUB will take on Utah Valley University at noon.

 

Junior outside hitter Briannah Mariner and redshirt-senior middle blocker Sydney Haynes go up to block a kill attempt against Fresno State on Sept. 12 in the Icardo Center.
Photo by Scot Swan/The Runner