SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State sand volleyball squad will play its first-ever match this Saturday, March 16, against Cal at 1 p.m., at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Saturday will be the first of six home matches the Hornets will play at the complex.
The Sacramento Softball Complex of the City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation will serve as the Hornets' home facility for all six home matches on the schedule. The City of Sacramento Adult Sports Leagues has partnered with Sacramento State to provide the four-court sand volleyball facility at the complex. The Sacramento Softball Complex is located at 3450 Longview Drive, which is located near Watt Avenue and Business 80. Directions to the complex can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Admission and parking is free to all matches. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.
Sacramento State will play eight matches between this Saturday and April 21. The first six of those dates will come at home, and the final two will come on the same weekend in Stanford. The schedule can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Sacramento State's roster includes 12 players, including 10 that played for the Hornets during the 2012 indoor season. Two others ( Kelsey Elston and Breanne Menees ) wrapped up their indoor careers in the fall of 2011, but still have one year of eligibility remaining for the 2013 sand season. The other 10 players on the sand roster include Lauren Aikels, Katie Aprile, Kayla Beal, Janelle Currey, Jessie Genger, Hannah Hettinga, Katelyn Ivy, Sydney Kordic, Sloan Lovett and Chelcy Motes.
FORMAT OF PLAY
Each school will field five doubles teams ranked by ability. Each doubles team plays against the corresponding team from other schools. The victorious team is the school winning three (or more) of the five matches. Individual matches are two sets to 21, with a tiebreaker third set to 15, if needed. All sets are rally scoring and must be won by two points.
LINEUPS FOR THIS WEEKEND
In no particular order, Genger and Kordic will serve as one of the Hornets' doubles teams, while the tandems of Aprile/Beal, and Hettinga/Ivy will also be a team. Sacramento State's coaching staff is still deciding on the other two lineups.
HOW IS SAND VOLLEYBALL DIFFERENT FROM INDOOR VOLLEYBALL?
Beyond the differences in number of players on a side and surface for competition, sand volleyball is officiated much differently than court volleyball. No open handed tipping is allowed and setting is called so tightly in sand volleyball that the bump set is more popular than the overhead set. Also, the block touch counts as the first of three allowable contacts. Another difference is that coaches may only speak to players or give them any kind of input or feedback during timeouts and between sets. Also, to mitigate the impact of wind and sun, the players switch sides of the court every seven points in a 21-point set and every five points in a 15-point set.
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