CSUN Women’s Volleyball tried to keep up the momentum from Friday night when it beat Cal Poly 3-1, but fell short against California State University, Bakersfield at the Matadome on Saturday, 3-1.
The Matadors are now 4-10 in the Big West Conference, near the bottom of the standings.
CSUN outside hitter Taylor Orshoff started the first set with a kill. The Matadors were quickly down after an offensive error by CSUN outside hitter Nicole Nevarez. The shot was blocked by CSUB’s Hana Makonova (3-6).
CSUB’s Milica Vukobrat served but touched the net, resulting in a service error. CSUN took advantage and scored three extra points on two Roadrunners offensive errors to tie the game at 10 apiece.
After a kill by Nevarez, the Matadors allowed two kills. They surrendered an ace by CSUB setter Seleisa Elisaiad, who struck just inside the backline and knocked the Matadors down four (14-18).
The Matadors managed to change momentum and tie at 22, but CSUB held on and scored three points in a row, winning the first set (25-22).
CSUN started the second set with three straight points led by two kills from Orshoff and setter Carisa Barron. The Roadrunners came back with four straight runs, which silenced the crowd.
After a perfect serve from middle blocker Lauryn Anderson, the Matadors took a 7-6 lead. A large CSUN rally raised the crowd in jubilation. Nevarez had back-to-back wins that gave CSUN a 14-13 lead.
After a few scores, CSUB led 18-17. CSUN had a four-point streak, including three kills with the help of setter Madison Klungel.
Center blocker Taylor Hunter killed the ball, which found opposition ground quickly and fiercely. This had the crowd on their feet. The set ended with an attacking error and the final score was 25-20.
A big rally to start the third set ended with the Matadors scoring following a poor set-up by Vukobrat, but the Matadors were still down 4-2. The Matadors quickly found themselves trailing 13-6, which forced interim head coach Susie Terrusa to call a timeout in an attempt to rally her team.
After the timeout, CSUN went on a 3-0 run. It was quickly followed by a 2-0 CSUB which increased their lead to six (15-9). Outside striker Lexi McLeod responded with a solid kill, followed by a Nevarez kill.
Small errors led the Matadors to 18-12. Outside striker Seyvion Wagoner was trying to be the spark CSUN needed when she slew a monster that brought them under five.
CSUN trailed 22-16, but did not give up. McLeod landed a big kill in hopes of turning things around, but the effort wasn’t enough as CSUB scored three straight runs, ending the set 25-17.
CSUN led 2-1 as they headed into the fourth set. Nevarez stepped in and got three kills, all set up by Barron, giving the Matadors a 3-1 lead.
After some back and forth in the fourth set, the teams were tied at seven. CSUN found themselves in the lead 9-8, until CSUB made a 7-0 run, with three aces on serve . This run completely knocked the Matador crowd out of the game and pissed off Roadrunners fans.
CSUN then went on an 8-1 run, giving them a 17-16 lead. Five of the eight points came from kills by Anderson and Nevarez. A crushing kill from Elisaia put CSUB up 20-18. The Matadors trailed 21-18 and had to take a timeout. CSUN let the game slip away and lost the final set 25-18.
The CSUN’s efforts were not enough to get past the CSUB. Orshoff led the team in eliminations and points and Barron led the team in assists.
After the match, interim coach Terrusa shared his general thoughts on the loss.
“I thought we didn’t play our toughest game tonight,” Terrusa said. “We didn’t serve hard enough to shoot [CSUB] out of their system, we blocked well but we didn’t defend very well. I think by playing a good game and getting a big win last night, we kind of let it go, which is common for an inexperienced team.
The Matadors are looking to turn things around on Friday as they travel to take on California State University, Long Beach.