Sacramento State Game Notes (18 pages) - pdf
The Week Ahead
Coming off a pair of victories last week against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, Sacramento State (7-8, 2-2) continues its four-match homestand this week. The Hornets will host Northern Colorado on Thursday at 7 p.m., and North Dakota on Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday's match is part of a doubleheader on campus that will see the Hornet football squad play its Homecoming Game against Northern Colorado that evening at 6 p.m.
Dating back to last season, Sacramento State has now won four straight matches against conference teams at home. In fact, the Hornets, who will play six of their next eight at home, are 114-21 against conference teams at Colberg Court since joining the Big Sky in 1996.
Sacramento State is currently locked in a four-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings, trailing North Dakota (4-0), Portland State (4-0) and Northern Arizona (3-1). Though still very early in the season, the top six teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament in Portland on Nov. 29-30.
Northern Colorado will enter Thursday's match with a 5-9 overall record and a 1-3 conference mark. The Bears, who won last year's Big Sky Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, have dropped six of their last seven. Ninth-year head coach Lyndsey Oates will not be on the trip with the team as she and her husband are expecting their first child on Wednesday. The Bears are 11-8 all-time against the Hornets, and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings.
North Dakota (9-7, 4-0) has won five straight and eight of its last nine matches, including home wins last week against Weber State and Idaho State. UND is currently tied for first in the conference standings, and leads the league in kills and hitting percentage. North Dakota joined the Big Sky for the first time last year, and owns a 2-1 all-time record vs. the Hornets.
Like every match the remainder of the season, both Thursday and Saturday's contests can be viewed live and free on www.WatchBigSky.com. Viewers just need to create a user name and password through the website, and tune in about 5-10 minutes before the match begins. Brian Berger will handle the play-by-play for Thursday's match, but no play-by-play audio will be provided for Saturday. Like every home match, live stats will be offered through Sacramento State's website by clicking here.
Ticket Options for Saturday VB/FB Doubleheader
Fans wishing to attend both the volleyball (1 p.m.) and Homecoming football (6 p.m.) games on Saturday can do so for one low price of $10. The special admission price of $10 will get fans a reserved football ticket and a volleyball ticket for Saturday's matchups. That's a savings of $16 as the normal cost for a volleyball ticket is $8, and a reserved football ticket is $18. Fans can purchase this special offer ONLY at the ticket table at the entrance to the volleyball match, which will be open from 12 p.m. until approximately 1:45 p.m.
The Lovett and Stanley Show
Last week, Hornet outside hitters Sloan Lovett and Morgan Stanley were nearly unstoppable and big factors in Sacramento State beating Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Both averaged at least 4.00 kills per set during the week, and hit better than .380. In fact, the pair combined to average 8.71 kills to go along with a .397 hitting percentage. What makes those numbers even more encouraging is Lovett is just a sophomore and Stanley a true freshman. Lovett has established herself as one of the top attacking outside hitters in the Big Sky, currently ranking third among league leaders in both kills (3.43 kps) and points (4.03 pps), and first by a wide margin in service aces (0.44 aps). Stanley has started all but one match, and is averaging 2.86 kills and 1.96 digs per set. Both Lovett (.255) and Stanley (.223) are hitting for respectable hitting percentages for an outside hitter.
Hitting For A High Percentage
Sacramento State hit better than .310 in both wins last week, and the team's overall hitting percentage of .236 is now the second best mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets have not hit better than .235 in a season since the 1995 squad hit for a .259 percentage. The team has already hit better than .300 on five occasions this year after accomplishing the feat just twice all of last season. Currently, five of the team's six starters are each hitting better than .220, and every non-defensive specialist on the squad is hitting above .170.
Not very often does a team field a pair of six-rotation outside hitters, and a six-rotation rightside hitter on the floor at the same time. But the Hornets employ that strategy as freshman outside hitter Morgan Stanley and sophomore outside hitter Sloan Lovett, as well as senior rightside hitter Kayla Beal each play all six rotations.
Youth Is Served
Sacramento State has started six underclassmen this year, including four freshmen and two sophomores. The team has consistently started freshman Morgan Stanley and sophomore Sloan Lovett at outside hitter, a freshman has started at middle blocker in all 15 matches (Courtney Dietrich or Kendall LaVine), and freshman Lexie Skalbeck has started a pair of matches at libero/defensive specialist. In addition, sophomore Lauren Aikels has three starts at rightside hitter.
Sacramento State is 7-0 when hitting better than .220, and 0-8 when hitting .220 or below…among Big Sky leaders, senior setter and team co-captain Hannah Hettinga has moved into fourth with an average of 10.04 assists per set. The Hornets have not had a setter average at least 10 assists per set since the 2007 season (Rose Burke)…senior co-captain Kayla Beal has posted at least eight kills in every match she has appeared, an impressive feat for a rightside hitter. She is now fifth in the league in points (3.67 pps), seventh in kills (3.09 kps) and 10th in hitting percentage (.265)…freshman middle blocker Courtney Dietrich has tallied at least six kills and a .500 hitting percentage twice in the last four matches…libero Katie Aprile moved up to seventh in the Big Sky with an average of 3.71 digs per set…senior middle Chelcy Motes had six kills, five blocks and a .667 hitting percentage in Friday's win vs. Northern Arizona.
April 8, 2014 VOLLEYBALL RELEASES ITS 2014 SCHEDULE
January 27, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE EARNS 22 FALL BIG SKY ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS
January 24, 2014 VOLLEYBALL ADDS DIV. I TRANSFER AND LOCAL PRODUCT MADELINE CANNON
November 30, 2013 VOLLEYBALL'S HOME WINNING STREAK NAMED BIG SKY'S 16TH GREATEST MOMENT
November 28, 2013 VOLLEYBALL’S BEAL NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG SKY
November 23, 2013 VOLLEYBALL LOSES IN FIVE, ELIMINATED FROM BIG SKY TOURNAMENT CONTENTION
November 21, 2013 VOLLEYBALL ONE STEP CLOSER TO PLAYOFF SPOT AFTER WIN AT MONTANA STATE
November 20, 2013 VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO GRAB PLAYOFF SPOT IN FINAL WEEK OF REGULAR SEASON
November 18, 2013 VOLLEYBALL SIGNS BOYLE, BROWN AND KURTZ TO LETTERS OF INTENT
November 16, 2013 VOLLEYBALL PICKS UP HUGE WIN, CRUSHES WEBER STATE
November 15, 2013 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO IDAHO STATE, WILL PLAY HOME FINALE TOMORROW
November 14, 2013 FORMER HORNET LINDSAY HAUPT NAMED THE BIG SKY'S 19TH BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
November 14, 2013 FINAL HOMESTAND FOR VOLLEYBALL WITH POSTSEASON IMPLICATIONS ON TAP
November 11, 2013 VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT NORTHERN COLORADO, STILL CLINGS TO A PLAYOFF SPOT
November 9, 2013 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE AT NORTH DAKOTA
October 31, 2013 WINNING STREAK AT FOUR AS VOLLEYBALL BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH
October 30, 2013 VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO INCREASE WINNING STREAK THIS WEEK ON THE ROAD
October 26, 2013 HOME COURT KIND AGAIN AS VOLLEYBALL BEATS EASTERN WASHINGTON
October 25, 2013 VOLLEYBALL SECURES HUGE HOME VICTORY OVER PORTLAND STATE
October 23, 2013 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS A PAIR OF LEAGUE MATCHES THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
October 19, 2013 VOLLEYBALL HITS SEASON-HIGH .398 IN FOUR-SET WIN OVER MONTANA STATE
October 18, 2013 VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT HOME TO MONTANA
October 12, 2013 VOLLEYBALL NOW 4-4 IN CONFERENCE PLAY AFTER LOSS AT IDAHO STATE
October 11, 2013 VOLLEYBALL PICKS UP FIVE-SET ROAD WIN AT WEBER STATE
October 9, 2013 VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO MATCHUPS AT WEBER STATE AND IDAHO STATE
October 3, 2013 VOLLEYBALL WINS FIVE-SET NAIL BITER OVER NORTHERN COLORADO
October 2, 2013 VOLLEYBALL LOOKS TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK THIS WEEK AT HOME
September 28, 2013 VOLLEYBALL DOMINATES SOUTHERN UTAH IN THREE QUICK SETS
September 27, 2013 VOLLEYBALL HITS FOR HIGH PERCENTAGE, DEFEATS NORTHERN ARIZONA
September 26, 2013 VOLLEYBALL BEGINS HOMESTAND WITH MATCHES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT
September 21, 2013 VOLLEYBALL DROPS BIG SKY MATCHUP AT PORTLAND STATE
September 19, 2013 VOLLEYBALL LOSES FIVE-SET HEARTBREAKER TO EWU IN BIG SKY OPENER
September 18, 2013 VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY THURSDAY AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
September 14, 2013 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNAMENT WITH LOSS TO BOISE STATE
September 13, 2013 LOVETT’S 14 KILLS NOT ENOUGH IN VOLLEYBALL’S LOSS TO IDAHO
September 13, 2013 VOLLEYBALL OPENS TOURNAMENT WITH LOSS TO NORTH TEXAS
September 10, 2013 VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO UC DAVIS TONIGHT, BOISE STATE LATER THIS WEEK
September 10, 2013 VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT UC DAVIS
September 6, 2013 VOLLEYBALL STUMBLES AT HOME AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
September 4, 2013 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS 11TH-ANNUAL SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL
September 2, 2013 LOVETT CAPS BIG WEEK WITH BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
September 1, 2013 LOVETT WITH A HUGE DAY, VOLLEYBALL NOW 3-0 AFTER WIN OVER LA SALLE
August 28, 2013 VOLLEYBALL BEGINS 2013 SEASON ON SATURDAY IN PHILADELPHIA
August 23, 2013 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS ALUMNI MATCH THIS SATURDAY
August 22, 2013 2013 VOLLEYBALL SEASON OUTLOOK