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VOLLEYBALL DOMINATES SOUTHERN UTAH IN THREE QUICK SETS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a match that lasted just an hour and 17 minutes, Sacramento State hit .349 and had little problem sweeping past Southern Utah, 25-21, 25-14, 25-16, in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Saturday evening at Colberg Court.

The Hornets dominated the contest statistically in kills (41-26), hitting percentage (.349-.167), aces (9-4) and team blocks (8.0-5.0). Sacramento State led virtually the entire way in all three sets, and the team's largest deficit of the match was 3-0 early in the second set.

Coupled with last night's 3-1 victory over Northern Arizona, Sacramento State began its four-match homestand with a pair of convincing wins on back-to-back nights. The Hornets, who improved to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the Big Sky, continue the homestand next week with matchups against Northern Colorado on Thursday (7 p.m.), and North Dakota on Saturday (1 p.m.).

With the win, the Hornets also continued their homecourt dominance of Big Sky competition. Since joining the league in 1996, Sacramento State is now 114-21 against Big Sky teams on the home floor, good for a ridiculous .844 winning percentage.

With the loss, Southern Utah dropped to 2-11 overall and 1-2 in the Big Sky.

"We were really steady last tonight and tonight, especially considering the teams we played had different styles offensively," Sacramento State head coach Ruben Volta said. "We attacked well, set well, and served and passed well all weekend. We had nice crowds yesterday and today, and we just seem to play well here and feed off the crowd's energy."

For the second straight night, the Hornet outside hitter tandem of sophomore Sloan Lovett and freshman Morgan Stanley dominated. Tonight, Lovett had 13 kills, six aces and a .440 hitting percentage while Stanley finished with 11 kills, nine digs and a .421 hitting percentage.

Lovett finished the week averaging 4.71 kills and 1.71 digs per set while hitting .381, and Stanley averaged 4.00 kills, 2.71 digs and had a .415 hitting percentage. Either one of those players could easily wind up with Big Sky Player of the Week honors.

Freshman middle blocker Courtney Dietrich had six kills and a .500 hitting percentage, rightside hitter Kayla Beal had eight kills and three blocks, freshman middle Kendall LaVine led all players with five blocks, and Stanley led all players with nine digs.

Lovett's six aces tied for the third best mark in Sacramento State single-match history, just one shy of the school record.

Zero Southern Utah players finished with double figures in kills or digs, as Kylie Schofield had nine kills and a .320 hitting percentage.

Yesterday's win over Northern Arizona not only began a four-match homestand that carries into next week, but also began a stretch that will see the team play eight of 10 matches inside the friendly confines.

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