SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State volleyball squad's playoff hopes came down to the final day of the regular season tonight, and the outcome did not go the Hornets' way as Montana State defeated Montana in four sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 28-26) to claim the sixth and final spot into the Big Sky Tournament.
The Hornets, who finished the regular season with a 12-18 overall record and an 8-12 league mark, needed Montana State to lose tonight. Had that happened, Sacramento State would have gained the sixth and final spot into this week's Big Sky Tournament which takes place Nov. 23-24 in Greeley, Colo.
Instead, Montana State (15-13, 9-11) will get the No. 6 seed, and join No. 1 seed Portland State, No. 2 Idaho State, No. 3 Northern Arizona, No. 4 Northern Colorado and No. 5 North Dakota in the single-elimination event. The top six teams in the 11-member Big Sky qualify for the postseason event, and the winner earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Sacramento State finishes the season in a tie for seventh place with Southern Utah, and fail to qualify for the Big Sky Tournament for just the third time since joining the league in 1996. The Hornets closed the season strong, winning their final three, and five of their last eight matches to get into position for a possible playoff spot.
Sacramento State held the tiebreaker over both Montana State and Southern Utah had all three teams finished the season with an 8-12 league record, but unfortunately the tiebreaker didn't come into play because of tonight's Bobcat victory.
The end of the season also marks the final matches in the careers of Sacramento State seniors , , , , and . Currey and Kordic were just two of three Hornet players to start in every match this season.
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- Currey finishes her career ranked fourth in school history in digs (1,662), fourth in attempts (5,029), seventh in kills (1,418), ninth in total points (1,657.5), tied for ninth in aces (127) and 10th in digs per set (3.35). She is also one of 18 Sacramento State players to join the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs plateau since 1985, and accomplished the feat prior to the conclusion of her junior season.
- Kordic finishes her career ranked fifth in school history in service aces (159) and ninth in digs (1,512). In addition, her 587 digs this year are the seventh best Hornet single-season mark and her 4.93 digs per set are tied for the fifth best single-season mark.
- Moss finishes her career with an average of 1.06 blocks per set, which is tied for the 10th best mark in school history.
- Junior setter now has 1,571 career assists which rank as the ninth best mark in Sacramento State history.
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November 3, 2012 VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT HOME IN FOUR SETS TO NORTH DAKOTA
November 1, 2012 NORTHERN COLORADO STORMS BACK, KNOCKS OFF VOLLEYBALL IN FIVE SETS
October 25, 2012 BEAL AND GENGER LEAD VOLLEYBALL TO THREE-SET SWEEP OF SOUTHERN UTAH
October 22, 2012 VOLLEYBALL COMPLETES LONG ROAD TRIP WITH LOSS AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
October 20, 2012 VOLLEYBALL DROPS FOUR-SET MATCH AT PORTLAND STATE
October 16, 2012 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT SANTA CLARA
October 13, 2012 VOLLEYBALL TURNS BACK SIX SET POINTS, BEATS MONTANA STATE IN FOUR
October 12, 2012 VOLLEYBALL LETS FOURTH-SET LEAD SLIP AWAY IN 3-1 LOSS AT MONTANA
October 5, 2012 VOLLEYBALL RETURNS HOME, BUT FALLS IN FIVE TO IDAHO STATE
September 29, 2012 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIRST-EVER TRIP TO NORTH DAKOTA
September 27, 2012 VOLLEYBALL FINDS IT TOUGH IN GREELEY AGAIN, FALLS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
September 22, 2012 VOLLEYBALL DROPS ROAD MATCH TO SOUTHERN UTAH
September 20, 2012 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR TO NORTHERN ARIZONA
September 18, 2012 VOLLEYBALL ENTERS SECOND WEEK OF LEAGUE PLAY, BEGINS A FOUR-GAME ROAD TRIP
September 13, 2012 VOLLEYBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY WITH SWEEP OF EASTERN WASHINGTON
September 12, 2012 VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK AT HOME
September 11, 2012 FREE ADMITTANCE TO SATURDAY'S VOLLEYBALL MATCH WITH FOOTBALL TICKET STUB
September 8, 2012 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE TO UTAH VALLEY
September 8, 2012 VOLLEYBALL TAKES THE FIRST SET, BUT FALLS IN FOUR TO UC DAVIS
September 7, 2012 VOLLEYBALL OVERCOMES 13-8 FIFTH-SET DEFICIT, KNOCKS OFF FRESNO STATE
August 25, 2012 VOLLEYBALL HITS OVER .400 IN THREE-SET SWEEP OF JACKSONVILLE
August 25, 2012 LATE COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT IN VOLLEYBALL’S LOSS TO NC STATE
August 24, 2012 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH 3-1 LOSS TO COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
August 23, 2012 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON TOMORROW IN SOUTH CAROLINA
August 22, 2012 2012 VOLLEYBALL WALLPAPER IMAGES NOW AVAILABLE
August 20, 2012 2012 VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
August 16, 2012 Q&A WITH HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH RUBEN VOLTA
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