Rainbow Wahine look to avoid the blues at CSUB

The Icardo Center at Cal State Bakersfield. Courtesy CSU Bakersfield.

The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team makes its first visit to Cal State Bakersfield’s Icardo Center to face the Roadrunners on their blue court today.
UH enters the match on a seven-match winning streak and with a two-game lead in the Big West standings with second-place UC Santa Barbara taking on UC Davis at home later today.
The Rainbow Wahine swept the Roadrunners 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 on Oct. 16 at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center. Brooke Van Sickle and Amber Igiede led a balanced UH attack with 10 kills each and the Wahine held CSUB to a .109 hitting performance.
Updates for the fifth all-time meeting between the programs (UH leads 4-0) follow below.
>> Van Sickle and Wagoner in to start the set. UH jumps out to a 6-2 lead when Wagoner puts away an overpass off Gong’s serve. CSUB errors helps UH build a 9-4 lead. A Van Sickle serve lands inside the back line and UH leads 12-7. Timeout CSUB.
>> CSUB closes to 13-10 but UH surges away again. Gong puts a dig right on Lang’s hands and she feeds Igiede for her career-high 18th kill. UH leads 17-11. CSUB takes its second timeout.
>> Williams also with a career night and her 15th gives UH a 19-13 lead. The teams trade sideouts and Igiede gives UH match point with her 20th kill. CSUB fights off the first but serves out and UH wins it 26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19. Wahine improve to 19-6 overall, 16-1 in the Big West.

>> Brooke Van Sickle makes her first appearance of the night to start the third set.
>> The sideout fest continues through a 14-14 tie. Van Sickle goes down the line for her fourth kill in five swings to give UH a 15-14 lead at the media timeout.
>> A block by Williams and Lang gives UH a 16-14 lead. Riley Wagoner enters the match in the back row. UH takes a 17-15 lead on a Williams kill. Williams wins a joust on an overpass and UH goes up 19-16. Timeout CSUB.
>> Van Sickle fires an ace coming out of the timeout to give UH a 20-16 lead. CSUB answers with a 3-0 run to close to 20-19 on a Makanova block. After a CSUB error, Westerberg and Igiede team up on a block, 22-19. Igiede goes into the net, Wagoner hits long and it’s 22-21. Timeout UH.
>> Wagoner’s attack goes into the net cord and CSUB ties it at 22-22. Igiede with another kill in the middle and she puts away an overpass off Gong’s serve and UH has set point at 24-22. Timeout CSUB.
>> CSUB fights off the first set point but Wagoner goes off the block for her first kill and UH wins it 25-23 and takes a 2-1 lead in the match.

>> UH jumps out to a 2-0 lead on a kill by Williams and a Gong ace. CSUB rallies and adds two more aces in taking a 5-4 lead. Igiede and Westerberg combine on UH’s first block for a 6-5 lead.
>> CSUB goes up 11-8 on back-to-back blocks. UH rallies to tie it at 13-13 on two CSUB hitting errors. After trading sideouts, CSUB takes a 15-14 lead into the media timeout. Igiede and Williams up to nine kills each.
>> The back-and-forth continues and UH erases 19-17 deficit on a Williams kill and a CSUB error. Makanova goes off the block and Lang is called for a lift. CSUB goes up 21-19. Timeout UH.
>> Johnson hammers back-to-back kills to tie it up and UH goes ahead when McCluskey’s tip goes into the net. Timeout CSUB with UH up 22-21. Ikenaga serving for UH.
>> UH goes up 24-23 on a kill by Johnson. UH has an opportunity on set point slip away and CSUB forces deuce. A Vukobrat tip falls in the middle of the UH defense and CSUB has set point at 25-24. Timeout UH.
>> Westerberg hits wide and CSUB takes the set 26-24. Match tied at 1-1. Johnson with seven kills on 13 attempts for UH.

>> New-look lineup for UH vs. CSUB: MB Amber Igiede, MB Skyler Williams, OH Mia Johnson, OH Tiffany Westerberg, OH Braelyn Akana, S Kate Lang, L Tayli Ikenaga.
>> With Brooke Van Sickle and Riley Wagoner on the bench, UH gets out to a .476 start offensively while CSUB hits .381 as the Wahine take a 15-14 lead into the media timeout. Igiede with four kills early on. Mia Johnson with three kills in four swings. UH on a 4-0 run coming out of the timeout.
>> CSUB on a 6-2 run to take a 20-17 lead and force a UH timeout. The surge includes CSUB’s fourth ace of the set, the second by setter Seleisa Elisaia.
>> Igiede gets the serve back for UH with a kill in the middle. CSUB keeps the lead and goes up 22-20 and UH closes to within a point on a double-contact call. Janelle Gong serves up an ace to tie it up. Williams ends a rally in the middle. UH goes up 23-22. Timeout CSUB.
>> A net violation on UH ties it up. Milica Vukobrat serves up an ace to give CSUB set point at 24-23. Timeout UH.
>> Lang goes to Williams to send it to deuce. Hayley McCluskey hits long, advantage UH 25-24. Timeout CSUB.
>> UH keeps a rally alive and Igiede tips over a shot on the second touch and it falls. UH wins the set 26-24. Igiede goes 7-1-10 in the set. Williams at 5-0-7 as UH continues to run the middle.


  1. H-Man November 19, 2021 3:29 pm

    Why are two starters, Brooke and Riley, on the bench?

  2. H-Man November 19, 2021 3:37 pm

    Mia’s expression, when the Wahine won a really close one 26-24, said it all…Phew.

  3. H-Man November 19, 2021 3:56 pm

    The Roadrunners know Ikenaga will set the left and was waiting to block Akana who blocked again for consecutive blocks by the Roadrunners. They were waiting for the set to the left again and Johnson was blocked. Besides that, the Wahine still struggling with the serve-receive and Brooke and Riley still have not played. I wonder what’s going on.

  4. H-Man November 19, 2021 4:13 pm

    I see Brooke in the line-up, so I suppose the whatever is over.

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