CSUB preps for tournament


CSUB senior Aleksandra Djordjevic is seen serving to Mira Costa College on Saturday, March 10 at the Barnes Beach Volleyball Complex. Photo by Aaron Mills/ The Runner

Johnathan Wheatley
Assistant Sports Editor

The CSU Bakersfield beach volleyball team is coming down to its final few games before it gets ready to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Big West Championship Tournament.

Against the Lobos, the Roadrunners fought tooth and nail but fell 3-2. Four out of the five matches went to the third set.

The No. 1 duo of senior Sydney Haynes and freshman Emily Hansen won their match: 21-23, 21-8, 15-12.

Junior Mattison Degarmo and senior Emily Lopes, the Roadrunners No. 4 duo, won their matchup: 16-21, 21-16, 15-12.

After the tough loss to New Mexico, CSUB came back on April 7 not only against CSU Sacramento and CSU Los Angeles but against the elements.

They defeated the Hornets 4-1 and the Golden Eagles 5-0.

“We played very consistent and it’s something we’ve been training to be as a team,” said Head Coach Cesar Benatti on April 7 after the CSU Sacramento game.

The No. 5 duo of freshman Krista Hernandez and junior Ally Barber held the Golden Eagles No. 5 duo to just 5 points in the first set and won the second set 21-16, winning the match 2-0.

The No. 3 duo of senior Aleksandra Djordjevic and junior Briannah Mariner allowed 4 points in the first set and also won the second set 21-16, beating the No. 3 duo 2-0.

“We made all of the changes we needed to make and it was a great day,” said Haynes on April 7 after the game against CSU Los Angeles.

On April 12, the Roadrunners traveled to Northridge, California to take on CSU Northridge and No.16 Loyola Marymount University. The Roadrunners fell short against CSUN 3-2.

It came down to Hernandez and Barber who went to the third set but fell 15-8 in the set.

The No. 2 duo of freshman Desiree Sukhov and Sophomore Sarah Garrow grabbed a two set victory 21-17, 21-19.

Lopes and Degarmo had the other win for the Roadrunners winning 23-21, 21-10.

CSUB did not fare well against Loyola Marymount and fell 5-0, all in straight sets.

The Roadrunners traveled to Long Beach, California to face the University of Utah and Long Beach State University.

CSUB took one match against the Utes. Djordjevic and Mariner were the lone point for the Roadrunners winning their match 21-17, 21-16.

CSUB took on No. 6 Long Beach State and lost 5-0 with all matches losing in straight sets.

The Roadrunners return home for the final two games of the season on Saturday, April 21 as they take on Vanguard University and CSU Northridge at the Barnes Beach Volleyball Complex.

Photo by Aaron Mills/ The Runner