CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Five of the Hornets' six starters hit better than .390 as Sacramento State knocked off Jacksonville via three-set sweep (25-9, 25-12, 31-29) in the third and final round of the Hampton Inn & Suites West Ashley Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon at TD Arena.
With the victory, the Hornets finished the season-opening tournament with a 1-2 record. Sacramento State lost to host College of Charleston last night and NC State this morning prior to the afternoon win over Jacksonville.
Senior outside hitter was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.40 kills, 2.40 digs and 0.70 aces per set to go along with a .289 hitting percentage over the three matches.
Hornet starters (eight kills, .667), (10 kills, .500), (nine kills, .474), Genger (match-best 14 kills, .393) and setter (one kill, .500) each hit better than .390 as Sacramento State finished the match with a robust .429 hitting percentage. In addition, middle blocker finished with three kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
Newcomb's eight kills and .667 hitting percentage were both career highs, and Currey's .500 hitting percentage was also a career best. In fact, Sacramento State hit at least .400 in all three sets. Hettinga had a career-high 45 assists and team-best 10 digs, and was the only player in the match to finish with double figures in digs.
Sacramento State held healthy statistical advantages over Jacksonville in kills (49-27), hitting percentage (.429-.128), assists (46-26), aces (12-4) and team blocks (7.0-2.0).
Libero continued her barrage of aces as the fourth-year senior finished the match with a career-high six, which tied for the second most in Hornet single-match history. Kordic now has 11 aces compared to just three service errors this season, and is averaging better than one ace per set (1.10).
For Jacksonville (0-3), Sammie Strausbaugh led the team with 10 kills.
The Hornets return to action next week when they host the 10th-annual Sacramento State Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The Hornets will open the tournament on Friday night against Boise State at 6:30 p.m. For the complete schedule and other tournament information, click here.
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