Oct. 7, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Jessica Serrato (Millbrae, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) had 10 kills and Bucknell volleyball won the battle of the blocks, but the Bison (6-13) still fell in straight sets to CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center on Sunday night. Bucknell will continue its Fall Break trip through California tomorrow night against No. 23 Pepperdine in Malibu at 8 p.m. ET.
Serrato hit double digits in kills for the seventh time this season and posted a match-best .409 attack percentage, but as a whole Bucknell's offense struggled to keep pace with the Roadrunners. As a team, the Bison finished with 26 kills, while CSU Bakersfield (8-10) totaled 44.
"Serrato on the outside had a strong match," said head coach Cindy Opalski. "She took a lot of swings for us. She's one of the most consistent players for us tonight."
The defensive side of the game was more in Bucknell's favor. The Bison finished with eight total team blocks, including three each from Amanda Hall (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake), Kebah Edoho (Odenton, Md./Arundel), Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) and Hannah Young (McConnellsburg, Pa./Broadfording Christian Academy (Md.)). Katie Price (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) also contributed 18 digs, tying her career high originally set in Bucknell's last match against Colgate.
Bucknell caught CSU Bakersfield on its heels early on, taking a 7-1 lead in the first set. Back-to-back kills from Serrato and Young eventually made it 13-4 before the Roadrunners regrouped. CSU Bakersfield took 16 of the next 21 points and turned things around to take a 20-18 lead. Bucknell was unable to regain the scoring advantage and dropped the first set by a score of 25-20.
"I thought we got off to a great start in the match tonight with a lot of energy and enthusiasm and were pretty focused," said Opalski. "We did a nice job in the first game and just kind of let it slip away. Overall I was pleased with our effort, but I think there were some unforced errors that we could have turned around and really would have changed the direction of the match."
The second set also saw the Roadrunners make a late move for the win. Bucknell led as late as 20-19 before CSU Bakersfield ran off the final six points of the set, winning 25-20 again. CSUB then wrapped things up more quickly in the third set with a 25-16 decision. A 7-6 lead for the Bison was soon erased to hand them their most lopsided set of the match.
Leading the Roadrunners offensively were Debora Araujo with 17 kills and Shayna Guitare with 11. Fernanda Goncavles tallied 32 assists.