VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE SETS AT IDAHO STATE, BUT STILL IN THE PLAYOFF HUNT
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Idaho State's Jaclyn Hone had a team-high 17 kills, including two in the fifth set, to help the Bengals to a 3-2 victory (25-22, 19-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-11) over Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Friday evening at Reed Gym.
Despite the loss, the Hornets (9-18, 5-12) still remain in contention for a Big Sky Tournament berth with just three matches left in the regular season. However, Sacramento State will need to win each of its final three matches of the season and hope that Montana State (14-11, 8-9) drops its final three, and Southern Utah (10-19, 6-11) loses at least once more. Southern Utah defeated Montana State in four sets earlier tonight in Bozeman.
The top six teams in the 11-member Big Sky qualify for the league's postseason tournament which takes place Nov. 23-24 in Greeley, Colo. Sacramento State returns to action tomorrow night for a road match at Weber State, followed by home contests next week against both Montana State and Montana.
The Hornets have dropped three straight matches, but played well tonight against the Big Sky's best team. Idaho State remains in first place in the conference with a 22-5 overall record and a 16-2 league mark. The Bengals improved to 10-0 at home, and have won six straight and 12 of their last 13 matches.
The Hornets went 0-2 against Idaho State this year, but that record could have easily been different as both matches were five-set grinders, including a 3-2 defeat in Sacramento on Oct. 5.
Sacramento State was able to force a fifth set after overcoming a 23-21 deficit in the fourth frame. However, in a fifth set which featured three ties, Idaho State never trailed. The Bengals never led by anything more than four points, but took advantage of nine kills, two aces and a pair of blocks. Five different ISU players had at least one kill in the frame, including two each from Hone, Alydia Fields, Tressa Lyman and Lori Mendenhall.
Overall, ISU held an advantage over the Hornets in kills (70-57), hitting percentage (.256-.226) and digs (74-63). Both squads finished with 8.0 team blocks.
For the Hornets, rightside hitter posted team highs in kills (19), blocks (7) and hitting percentage (.364). The junior had just thee errors in 44 total attacks, and posted three kills in five attacks in the fifth set. Outside hitter finished with 15 kills, 12 digs and a .324 hitting percentage, while fellow outside hitter rounded out the Hornets with double-figure kills as she finished with 12. Libero led all players in both digs (22) and aces (3), and middle blocker added six kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Middle blocker added six blocks.
Beal, Currey, Genger and Motes combined for 52 of the Hornets' 57 kills.
Four different Idaho State players had double figures in kills, comprised of Hone, Breanne Van Every (15), Fields (12) and Lyman (10). Van Every also had a team-best 18 digs to go along with her 15 kills. Idaho State used just eight players in tonight's match.