Sacramento State Game Notes (20 pages) - pdf
The Week Ahead
After a tough week that included the team going 0-3 at the Sacramento State Invitational, the Hornets look to get back on track with four matches this week. The first of which comes Tuesday at Nevada in a match that begins at 6:30 p.m. Sacramento State will then travel to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly ShareSlo Tournament. The two-day, four-team tournament will see the Hornets play San Jose State on Friday at 5 p.m., and on Saturday the team will take on both CSU Bakersfield (10 a.m.) and host Cal Poly (7 p.m.).
Tuesday begins a stretch that will see the Hornets play nine of their next 10 matches away from home. In fact, the only match inside the friendly confines the rest of the month will take place against UC Davis on Sept. 16. Sacramento State will have a season-long four-match homestand that lasts from Oct. 2-11 and coincides with the second and third weeks of conference play.
Nevada is offering free live video on Tuesday via Mountain West Conference TV by clicking here. Cal Poly is offering free live audio of its match against Sacramento State on Saturday by clicking here. Live stats for all matches will be made available by both Nevada and Cal Poly's websites. Links for all multimedia options (video, audio, live stats) can be accessed on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.
A Look At This Week's Opponents
Nevada will enter Tuesday's match with a 2-1 record, and will serve as the team's home opener. The Wolf Pack defeated both Oral Roberts and South Alabama while losing to Pepperdine last week in five sets at a tournament in Malibu, Calif. The Hornets are 33-10 all-time against the Wolf Pack, and have won the last two meetings. The last Nevada win in the series came in a three-set sweep in Reno.
San Jose State enters the week with an 0-6 record and has been swept in four of those six matches. The Spartans lost to Portland and UC Davis at the Aggie Invitational over the weekend. The Hornets leads the all-time series, 8-7, and have won three of the last four meetings. This will be the teams' first match on a neutral floor since the 2001 season.
CSU Bakersfield enters the week with a 2-5 record. After winning its first two matches, the Runners have dropped five straight. Three of those losses came over the weekend at a tournament hosted by Dayton. The Hornets lead the all-time series, 15-6. In the teams' last meeting in 2010, Sacramento State posted a three-set neutral site win that snapped a five-match losing streak against the Runners.
Cal Poly, which hosts this weekend's tournament, enters the week with a 1-4 record and a four-match losing streak. However, all four of those losses came to tough competition against Wyoming, Washington State, Utah and Saint Mary's. The Mustangs lead the all-time series, 8-6, and defeated the Hornets last season in five sets at the Sacramento State Invitational.
As Young As A Roster Could Get
Of the 16 players on Sacramento State's roster, 10 are new to the program, including a school-record eight freshmen. Moreover, the roster includes no seniors, and of the squad's 16 players, only three are upperclassmen in junior outside hitters Lauren Aikels, Lauren Kissell and team captain Sloan Lovett. The six returning players are comprised of two juniors and four sophomores. In fact, on a number of occasions this year, the Hornets have used a lineup consisting of all underclassmen.
Nine different Hornets have started at least one match this season. The only constants in the starting lineup have been outside hitters Sloan Lovett and Morgan Stanley, middle blocker Madeline Cannon and setter Kennedy Kurtz. Other starters have includes Shannon Boyle (twice on the right side), Courtney Dietrich (six times in the middle), Kendall LaVine (four times on the right side), Lana Brown (once in the middle) and Brigitte Murdock (once at DS). Among those nine different starters include one junior, four sophomores and four freshmen.
The Road Bump
With a roster full of young players, road bumps are to be expected. The first big road bump came midway through the fourth set against Fresno State on Friday night. The Hornets won two of the first three sets, and looked to be in control with an 11-8 lead in the fourth frame. However, Fresno State finished the set on a 17-5 run and then defeated the Hornets, 15-3, in the fifth and final set. During the team's next two matches against Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara, respectively, the team failed to score more than 21 points in any of the six sets during those matches.
Freshman setter Kennedy Kurtz has 19 kills with just three errors in 39 attacks, good for a team-best .410 hitting percentage…middle blocker Courtney Dietrich has recorded blocks in every match this year and in 27 straight matches dating back to last season…sophomore Morgan Stanley combined for 40 kills against Charlotte (24) and Fresno State (16), but has a combined 32 kills in the Hornets' other five matches…during her career, middle blocker Kendall LaVine is averaging one ace every 12.7 serves…sophomore Madeline Cannon, who hit .538 vs. UNCG and .438 against ETSU, owns the Hornets' second best hitting percentage at .286…Sloan Lovett and Stanley have both recorded double figures in kills on three occasions…head coach Ruben Volta is just 13 wins shy of recording his 100th career victory.
February 24, 2015 AVEN LEE HIRED AS ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH
February 3, 2015 TASMAN DWYER TO BE INDUCTED INTO HORNET VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME
January 28, 2015 HORNET STUDENT-ATHLETES TOTAL 33 FALL BIG SKY ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS
November 15, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FINISHES SEASON WITH FIVE-SET HOME LOSS TO SOUTHERN UTAH
November 13, 2014 VOLLEYBALL WINS, EXTENDS HOMECOURT DOMINANCE OF NORTHERN ARIZONA
November 12, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CLOSES 2014 SEASON THIS WEEK AT HOME
November 8, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LOSES ROAD MATCH AT FIRST-PLACE IDAHO STATE
November 6, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE SETS AT WEBER STATE
November 5, 2014 VOLLEYBALL GETS SET FOR FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP
November 1, 2014 VOLLEYBALL POSTS COMEBACK 3-2 VICTORY AT PORTLAND STATE
October 30, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS FOUR-SET GRINDER TO FIRST-PLACE NORTH DAKOTA
October 25, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS AT MONTANA
October 24, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BACK ON WINNING TRACK, SWEEPS ROAD MATCH AT MONTANA STATE
October 22, 2014 VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO MONTANA FOR A PAIR OF MATCHES
October 18, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCH TO PORTLAND STATE
October 16, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
October 15, 2014 VOLLEYBALL PLAYS TWICE THIS WEEK; HOME MATCH ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
October 11, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCH TO IDAHO
October 9, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO EASTERN WASHINGTON, FALLS IN FIVE SETS AGAIN
October 7, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES HOMESTAND THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
October 4, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LOSES ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER, THIS TIME TO WEBER STATE
October 2, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FIGHTS BACK BUT FALLS AT HOME TO IDAHO STATE, 3-1
September 30, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BEGINS HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
September 27, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
September 26, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS TO HOST OKTOBERFEST ON OCT. 4
September 25, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LETS THREE MATCH POINTS SLIP AWAY IN 3-2 LOSS AT SOUTHERN UTAH
September 23, 2014 VOLLEYBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK ON THE ROAD
September 20, 2014 VOLLEYBALL SPLITS FINAL TWO MATCHES AT VALPARAISO TOURNAMENT
September 19, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS FIRST MATCH OF TOURNAMENT TO GEORGE WASHINGTON
September 16, 2014 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UC DAVIS TONIGHT AT 7 P.M.
September 16, 2014 SHORT-HANDED VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO UC DAVIS IN FIVE-SET GRINDER
September 13, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BEATS BAKERSFIELD, WILL PLAY FOR TOURNEY TITLE TONIGHT
September 13, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNEY WITH 2-1 RECORD AFTER LOSS AT CAL POLY
September 12, 2014 VOLLEYBALL OPENS TOURNAMENT WITH 3-2 WIN OVER SAN JOSE STATE
September 9, 2014 VOLLEYBALL PLAYS AT NEVADA, TRAVELS TO CAL POLY TOURNEY
September 9, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS ROAD MATCH AT NEVADA
September 6, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO LOYOLA MARYMOUNT IN THREE SETS
September 6, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNAMENT WITH LOSS TO UC SANTA BARBARA
September 5, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS ITS HOME OPENER TO FRESNO STATE, 3-2
September 2, 2014 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS 12TH-ANNUAL SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL THIS WEEK
August 30, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS NAIL BITER TO MORGAN STATE
August 29, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER TO UNCG
August 29, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH 3-1 VICTORY OVER ETSU
August 26, 2014 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN CHARLOTTE
August 25, 2014 2014 VOLLEYBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
August 22, 2014 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS ALUMNI MATCH ON SATURDAY AT 5 P.M.
August 18, 2014 VOLLEYBALL ADDS ALL-STATE OUTSIDE HITTER LAUREN KISSELL
August 12, 2014 VOLLEYBALL TABBED EIGHTH IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL
April 16, 2014 VOLLEYBALL RELEASES ITS 2014 SCHEDULE