Men’s volleyball drops contest to UC Irvine

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Men’s volleyball drops contest to UC Irvine

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)

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)

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)

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

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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.