Sacramento State Game Notes (17 pages) - pdf
The Week Ahead
Sacramento State (14-15, 9-9) enters the final week of the regular season with a potential Big Sky Conference Tournament berth at stake. The Hornets will play on the road at Montana State on Thursday, and at Montana on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 6 p.m. PST.
The top six teams in the 11-member Big Sky qualify for the league's postseason event, and Sacramento State controls its own destiny to get one of the coveted spots. The Hornets currently sit alone in sixth place in the standings, one game behind fifth-place Montana (10-8) and one game ahead of seventh-place Northern Colorado (8-10). Five teams have already clinched a berth, comprised of North Dakota, Portland State, Northern Arizona, Idaho State and Montana. The final spot will go to either Sacramento State or Northern Colorado depending on how this week's outcomes shake out. The Hornets could finish as high as fifth or as low as seventh.
The Big Sky Tournament will be played Nov. 29-30 in Portland, and the winner of the postseason event will receive the Big Sky's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The Hornets completed their home portion of the schedule last week by splitting a pair of matches against Idaho State (L, 3-1) and Weber State (W, 3-0). Sacramento State went 7-3 at home against Big Sky competition, but is currently just 2-6 on the road against league teams.
Montana State will bring a 6-23 overall record and 4-14 conference mark into Thursday's matchup. The Hornets beat the Bobcats in four sets in Sacramento on Oct. 19, and MSU has lost nine of its last 10 matches. Sacramento State is 39-6 all-time against the Bobcats, including a 13-5 record when playing in Bozeman.
Montana (13-14, 10-8) has won two of its last three matches, including a win at Southern Utah last Saturday. The Grizzlies swept the Hornets in Sacramento earlier this season, and have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the schools. The Hornets still own a 27-11 all-time record against the Griz, including a 12-7 mark when playing in Missoula.
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 10 minutes before the match begins. Live stats for the Montana State match can be found by clicking here, and the Montana match by clicking here.
Remaining Schedules For The Hornets, Grizzlies and Bears
Just two games separate Montana (10-8), Sacramento State (9-9) and Northern Colorado (8-10) in the standings. Although Montana has already clinched a spot in the Big Sky Tournament, the Hornets could still catch and pass the Grizzlies in the standings. All three teams have just two matches remaining on the schedule, and below are those matchups.
- Montana: Nov. 23 at home vs. Sacramento State; Nov. 25 on the road at Montana State.
- Sacramento State: Nov. 21 on the road at Montana State; Nov. 23 on the road at Montana.
- Northern Colorado: Nov. 21 at home vs. Southern Utah; Nov. 23 at home vs. Northern Arizona.
The Importance Of Winning The First Set
Sacramento State is 10-3 when it wins the first set of a match, and 4-12 when dropping the first set. In the team's last 11 matches, the Hornets are 4-0 when winning the first frame, and 1-6 when losing the opening set.
Hitting For A High Percentage
Sacramento State's .229 hitting percentage is the fourth best mark in the Big Sky Conference, and will be the team's highest percentage in six years at season's end. In addition, the Hornets have hit better than .226 just twice in the last 17 years (.235 in 2007; .230 in 2004). Should the Hornets finish with a hitting percentage better than .235, it would rank as the best mark since the 1995 squad hit for a .259 percentage. The team has already hit better than .300 on seven occasions this year after accomplishing the feat just twice all of last season.
Although Sacramento State has dramatically improved on offense, the defense has not been as stellar as years past. Since moving to the Div. I ranks in 1991, the Hornets have never finished a season below 1,692 digs. In fact, the program has finished below 2,000 digs just five times during the 22-year Div. I era. This season, the Hornets have 1,378 digs (12.88 per set) and are in danger of setting the new Div. I season low for digs.
Youth Is Served
Of the team's current starting lineup, outside hitters Sloan Lovett and Morgan Stanley, middle blockers Chelcy Motes and Courtney Dietrich, setter Hannah Hettinga and rightside hitter Kayla Beal, three are underclassmen. That includes two true freshmen in Stanley and Dietrich and a sophomore in Lovett. A total of six underclassmen have started matches this year for Sacramento State, including four freshmen.
Sacramento State is 4-10 in three-set matches, and 10-5 in any match that goes four or five sets…senior setter Hannah Hettinga (10.06 assists per set) remains on track to become the first Hornet to finish with at least 10 assists per set since Rose Burke accomplished the feat in 2007…sophomore outside hitter Sloan Lovett, who has battled an assortment of injuries over the past few weeks, has recorded double figures in kills once in the last five matches after a career-high streak of 10 consecutive matches with at least 10 kills…true freshman outside hitter Morgan Stanley has at least 10 kills in six of her last nine matches after doing so eight times during the first 20 matches of the season…after hitting a season-best .538 vs. Weber State on Saturday, freshman middle blocker Courtney Dietrich has tallied 13 matches where she's hit better than .300 and the Hornets are 9-4 in those matchups…freshman middle blocker Kendall LaVine has nine aces in 67 serve attempts, good for one ace every 7.4 serves, the best mark on the team…senior libero Katie Aprile is currently ninth in the Big Sky with an average of 3.54 digs per set…amazingly, middle blocker Chelcy Motes' .700 hitting percentage (7-0-10) against Weber State was not a season best, as she hit .833 (5-0-6) in the loss to Montana earlier this season…freshman DS Lexie Skalbeck moved into second place in the Big Sky with an average of 0.32 aces per set, and has a 33-to-24 ace-to-error ratio…senior rightside hitter Kayla Beal now ranks sixth in the Big Sky in points (3.76 pps) and eighth in kills (3.08 kps).
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