CSUB Volleyball struggles in close loss against UC Davis Aggies

Vincent Ortiz, Sports Reporter

The CSU Bakersfield volleyball team looked to build on their momentum against UC Davis Saturday night at the Icardo Center.

The ’Runners started the

off great, taking an early two-set lead over Davis.

Yet in a comeback that silenced the ’Runner crowd, Davis pulled off a comeback claiming the match in the final three sets of a five-set victory (25-12, 25-14, 26-28, 22-25, 13-15).

It looked like it would be a night for the ’Runner’s as they convincingly won the first set with a 6-0 run that gave them a 13-6 lead. From that point on the ’Runners cruised to a first set victory 25-12, with libero Anna Unke putting the exclamation point on the set with a service ace.

Photo by Joe Bejarano/The Runner

The ‘Runners .591% hitting percentage fueled their great play compared to Davis .074%. The ’Runners continued to attack the Aggies during the second set, and received great play from outside hitter Paige McCluskey and setter Selesia Elisaia.

Great ’Runner teamwork and poor Aggie’s communication would lead to the ’Runners taking the second set 25-14.

Davis came out in the third set and played with a sense of urgency, something not seen all night.

The third set evenly tightly fought and McCluskey would provide a big play to bring it to an 18-18 tie.

Things quickly fell off the rail for the ‘Runners as they found themselves down 19-23.

A timeout by Head Coach Giovana Melo would help the ’Runners regain their compo-sure and take a 24-23 off a 5-0 scoring run.

The ‘Runners ran out of gas and their bid to sweep the match fell short as they lost the third set 26-28.

The ’Runners and Aggies played the last two sets close as well, but in the end the Aggies pulled it out winning (22-25, 13-15).

When asked after the game about the reversal in play Head Coach Giovana Melo said, “I just think we got cocky, we can’t play like that and we thought we had the game in the bag.”

Coach Melo would elaborate that it had been a reoccurring issue all season “we just kind of let things happen, when were good and put on the pressure on and do the things we know how to do we are a very good team and hard to beat.”

Setter Seleisa Elisaia who recorded 43 assists and seven kills when asked if there were any positives to take away from the loss said, “probability just learning to stay with each other in those harder moments holding onto each other in those hard moments.”

The Roadrunners (16-8, 9-7) played their next home game against Cal Poly on Nov. 16. The Roadrunners won their first two sets, then came back from a third set loss to win over the Mustangs on Nov. 16. Final scores were 25-14, 25-21, 12-25, 25-22.

The Roadrunners will face Hawai’i on Friday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in their final home game.