Cal State Bakersfield rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Western Athletic Conference volleyball leader New Mexico State 3-2 Thursday night in the Icardo Center, 14-25, 18-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-12.
The Aggies got off to a strong start in the fifth set. They led 11-8 when CSUB's Debora Araujo got the sideout for the Roadrunners with a kill.
With Mariah Alvidrez serving, CSUB won the next four points to go up 13-11. After a NM State sideout, the Roadrunner defense forced a pair of Lauren Loerch attack errors to win the match.
The Aggies (11-9, 6-1 WAC) won the opening set by holding the Roadrunners (12-9, 4-3 WAC) to .000 hitting (6-6-27).
After hitting .091 in the second set, the 'Runners used a strong defense, to hold New Mexico State to .128 hitting in set three.
Araujo recorded a match-high 20 kills. She also had eight digs and two blocks. Kelsee Sawyer had 13 kills. Fernanda Goncalves added 45 assists and 10 digs. Alvidrez had 18 digs.
"New Mexico State is a great team," said CSUB coach Jolene Shepardson. "We weren't executing our defensive game plan early on, but I love how aggressive we were on offense. As soon as we started to get momentum, our team started to take bigger rips and we really went after it."