Women’s Volleyball Wins First Conference Home Match

Sacramento State Hornets women’s volleyball began their first home conference match with a three-set sweep (25-17, 25-16, 25-22) against the Montana Grizzlies. The match brings the Hornets to a record 3-0 that is tied for first with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the Big Sky Conference. The two teams have the only undefeated conference records.

The first match was super competitive on both sides with the Grizzlies taking an early lead 9-5, but the Hornets rallied back finishing the first set with an eight point advantage at 25-17. The Hornets finished this set with 10 kills, 5 errors, 33 total attacks and a hitting percentage of .152.

In the second set the Hornets never trailed the Grizzlies, jumping out in front early with a 7-3 and a 10-6 advantage. They finished with a 13-6 run in this set to take a commanding 2-0 two set to zero lead.

The third set was the most competitive out of all three with Sacramento State and Montana going back and forth on attacks. This set was tied at 8 all in the beginning before the Hornets went an 11-6 run to take a 19-14 lead. The match appeared to be all but over with the Hornets in control but Montana pulled together their biggest run of the night at 8-3 tying the match at 22 all. However Morgan Stanley was able to kill the play right after the Grizzlies tied it up and this gave the Hornets a 23-22 lead. The Grizzlies attempted to tie the match up once again but it was unsuccessful as Madeline Cannon earn her eighth and ninth kill of the match to lead the Hornets to a third set and match victory.

With the Hornets moving to 3-0 on the season, it became the first time the Hornets began the Big Sky Season with three straight wins since 2007 when Sacramento State won its first eight league matches. The Hornets would go on to win the Big Sky title and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament according to hornetsports.com.

The game leaders for Sacramento State are: Shannon Boyle, the junior outside hitter, who led all players with 11 kills and 36 total attacks and led the Hornets with 3 blocks. Senior defensive specialist Lexie Skalbeck finished 13 digs and junior setter Kennedy Kurtz, who was named the Big Sky Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week last Monday, finished with 31 of the Hornets 39 total assists.

The team stats from both Montana and Sacramento State include the hitting percentage in which the Hornets finished with a .223 and the Grizzlies finished with a .061. The Hornets had a one block advantage 6-5 over the Grizzlies and the Hornets also led with 58-50 in digs but tied in total aces.

The Sacramento State Hornets women’s volleyball team with now travel north to face the Portland State Vikings this upcoming Saturday at 7:30 PM PT and then they are scheduled for four conference games all on the road before returning home Thursday, Oct. 20 to take on the Idaho Vandals.


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