Men’s volleyball drops contest to UC Irvine

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Sophomore Josiah Byers and Freshman Dimitar Kalchev wait for the spike from Pepperdine player in the straight sets loss on Wednesday Feb. 3. (Patricia Perdomo / The Sundial)

Andrew Goodman

CSUN men’s volleyball lost their second straight contest to UC Irvine Saturday night, falling to the 7th-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters in five sets by a score of 3-2.

The Matadors came on top in a close first set that went back and forth and ended 25-23. The Anteaters stormed back to take the next two sets 25-21 and 25-23 to take a 2-1 match lead.

CSUN dominated the fourth set 25-19 to tie the game.

In the final frame, the Anteaters pulled away late to take set five and the match by a score of 15-9.

Junior Arvis Green led the Matadors with 17 kills and sophomore Dimitar Kalchev added 15 in the defeat. Kalchev also led the team with three blocks.

The loss puts 13th-ranked CSUN at 9-5 on the season after their previous defeat to UC San Diego. Their schedule gets no easier as they travel to Westwood to take on 4th-ranked UCLA Wednesday night at 7 p.m.