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Thursday, Oct 17 2013 11:04 PM

Roadrunners rally from 2-0 deficit, top Aggies

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB player Debora Araujo spikes the ball past New Mexico State players Stephanie Ziegler and Gwen Murphy on Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB player Julia Bowen attempts to block a shot from Gwen Murphy of New Mexico State on Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB player Julia Bowen battles New Mexico State player Gwen Murphy on Thursday during their match at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB player Debora Araujo hits a kill shot against Bradley Nash of New Mexico State on Thursday.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB players Star Tucker-Campbell and Debora Araujo work to block at shot from a New Mexico State player Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB players Star Tucker-Campbell and Shayna Guitare block a New Mexico State shot Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB players celebrate winning the point during their match Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian.

    CSUB players Fernando Goncalves and Molly O'Hagan make an attempt to block a shot from New Mexico State player Desiree Scott on Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB players Star Tucker-Campbell and Shayna Guitare attempt to block a shot from Lauren Loerch on Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB player Mariah Alvidrez sets the ball during Thursday's game against New Mexico State.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB players Julie Bowen and Kelsee Sawyer block a shot from New Mexico State player Lauren Loerch during Thursday's match.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB player Molly O'Hagan tips the ball over a New Mexico State player on Thursday at the Icardo Center.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    CSUB players Star Tucker-Campbell and Shayna Guitare attempt to block a shot from Lauren Loerch tonite at the Icardo Center.

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By THE BAKERSFELD CALIFORNIAN

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."

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