BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Sacramento State outside hitter had a season-high tying 20 kills and the Hornets saved six set points on the way to a 3-1 victory (18-25, 25-14, 28-26, 27-25) over Montana State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Saturday evening at Shroyer Gym.
The Hornets saved two set points in the third frame, and four more in the fourth set to claim the win. In fact, Sacramento State trailed 24-20 in the fourth before running off four straight and seven of the last eight points.
The win for the Hornets (7-12, 3-7) was the first of the season on the road against a Big Sky team, and came against a Bobcat squad that had won three of its last four and was 3-1 at home. Montana State, which is the most improved team in the conference this season, dropped to 11-6 overall and 5-4 in the league. The Hornets have now won 17 of the last 18 meetings between the two teams and own a commanding 37-6 lead in the all-time series.
Not only did Currey have 20 of the Hornets' 49 kills, she also hit .283 (20-7-46), had two aces and 14 digs, and came up with some clutch kills late in the third and fourth sets. It was Currey that had back-to-back kills after the score was tied at 26-26 in the third frame, and fittingly, had the match-clinching kill at 26-25 in the fourth set.
Sacramento State's defensive effort turned in 57 digs and 13.0 team blocks, not to mention holding Montana State to a .152 hitting percentage, 60 percentage points lower than their season average. No MSU player with more than three kills had better than a .267 hitting percentage, and the Bobcats were limited to marks of .054, .123 and .188, respectively, in sets 2-4.
The Hornets didn't hit much better (.185), but had eight aces and combo blocks at big moments. and combined on a block at 25-26 of the third set, and 23-24 in the fourth set. Libero , who had team highs in both digs (22) and aces (2), served four straight points to tie the score at 24-24 in the fourth frame. One of those points was an ace at 21-24.
The Sacramento State trio of Currey, outside hitter (12 kills, six digs and three blocks) and Beal (nine kills, match high-tying six blocks) combined for 41 of the team's 49 kills. had six blocks and Motes added four stuffs. Moss also had four kills and a team-high .333 hitting percentage.
Six different Hornets had at least one ace. got the start at setter and played the whole way, finishing with a match-high 43 assists to go along with eight digs and two blocks.
For Montana State, Sarah Horton had 20 kills, 12 digs, three aces and four blocks, but had just a .169 hitting percentage. Macy Page had 16 kills and five blocks, and Nicole Baker had a team-best 17 digs.
Sacramento State returns to action for three more road matches over the next nine days, including its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday at Santa Clara. The Hornets also have Big Sky contests at Portland State on Saturday and Eastern Washington next Monday, Oct. 22.