LOVETT’S 14 KILLS NOT ENOUGH IN VOLLEYBALL’S LOSS TO IDAHO
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BOISE, IDAHO -- Sacramento State sophomore outside hitter Sloan Lovett posted team highs in kills (14) and hitting percentage (.324), but it was not enough in a 3-1 loss to Idaho (25-21, 25-13, 20-25, 25-9) in the second round of the Bronco Volleyball Classic Friday afternoon at Bronco Gym.
The loss dropped the Hornets to 0-2 at the two-day tournament, and 5-5 overall this season. Sacramento State, which has dropped four straight after beginning the season 5-1, concludes the tournament tomorrow against host Boise State at 12:30 p.m. PDT. In the team's first round match earlier today, Sacramento State fell in three sets to North Texas.
Playing without starting senior rightside hitter Kayla Beal for the second straight match, Hornet head coach Ruben Volta started three freshman and two sophomores. Of the 10 players that appeared in the match for Sacramento State, four were freshmen and three were sophomores.
Idaho had 17 more kills than the Hornets (54-37), and hit .305 compared to just .134 for Sacramento State. The Vandals hit .467 in the second set and .516 in the fourth frame, which included zero errors in 31 attacks.
Lovett had just three errors in 34 attacks for the Hornets, and raised her season hitting percentage to .273, an impressive mark for a six-rotation outside hitter. The Durango, Colo., native's 126 kills are now 57 more than she had all of last season.
True freshman outside hitter Morgan Stanley had nine kills and seven digs and sophomore rightside hitter Lauren Aikels added six kills. Three Hornets finished with double digits in digs, comprised of freshman libero Lexie Skalbeck (14), and seniors Hannah Hettinga (12) and Katie Aprile (11).
Skalbeck also had five aces, the most by a Sacramento State player in any match this season. Kendall LaVine (3) and Lovett (2) also had multiple aces.
For Boise State, Katelyn Peterson had 18 kills and a .457 hitting percentage, and Alyssa Schultz added 12 kills and a .545 hitting percentage. Jenna Ellis posted a match-high 24 digs.