Sacramento State Game Notes (20 pages) - pdf
The Week Ahead
After posting a 2-1 record and second-place finish at last weekend's Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament, Sacramento State (4-7 overall) returns to action for four matches this week. One of those matchups takes place Tuesday against rival UC Davis in what will be the Hornets' final home match in September. In fact, the Hornets will not play again at Colberg Court until their Big Sky Conference home opener against Idaho State on Oct. 2.
Sacramento State will also travel to Indiana where the team will play in the two-day, four-team Valparaiso Crossroads of America Classic. As part of tournament play, the Hornets will take on George Washington on Friday at 2:30 p.m. PDT before facing host Valparaiso (10:30 a.m. PDT) and Murray State (2:30 p.m. PDT) on Saturday. All matches will take place at the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC) on the Valparaiso campus.
Like every home match this season, fans will be able to watch a free live HD video stream of Tuesday's match against UC Davis via WatchBigSky.com. Users just need to sign up for a free account through the website and video for all of the Hornets' home matches, and road matches held in a Big Sky venue are free. Links for all multimedia options (video, audio, live stats) can also be accessed on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com. Valparaiso is offering live stats of every match on Friday and Saturday and free live video will be offered for the Hornets' match against Valpo on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. PDT.
A Look At This Week's Opponents
UC Davis will enter Tuesday's matchup with a 3-6 record after going 1-2 at last week's Washington/Seattle Tournament. The Hornets and Aggies resume their long-standing rivalry as the teams will be facing one another for the 71st time. The Hornets own a 50-20 record, and a 22-7 mark when playing in Sacramento. However, the Aggies have won the last three matches in the series with the Hornets' latest win coming in five sets on the road in 2010.
George Washington enters the week with a 6-3 record, but has lost its last two matches after beginning the year 6-1. In the teams' only meeting, the Hornets defeated the Colonials, 3-0, on Sept. 13, 1991 at a tournament in San Diego. That season also happened to be Sacramento State's first on the Div. I level. Valparaiso enters the week with an eight-game winning streak and a 9-1 record. Each of the team's last four wins have come via three-set sweep. Saturday's meeting will mark the first time the Hornets have ever faced the Crusaders. Murray State will enter the tournament with a 9-0 record with six of those victories coming via three-set sweeps. The Hornets and Racers have faced each other once, a 3-1 Sacramento State victory on Aug. 27, 2011, at a tournament hosted by Belmont in Nashville, Tenn. The three opponents the Hornets will face in tournament play enter the week with a combined record of 24-4.
500th Div. I Victory Within Reach
Sacramento State is just three wins shy of its 500th win since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991. The Hornets are 497-286 (.635 winning percentage) in Div. I play, and 917-404 (.694) overall. Arguably the most storied program in Sacramento State athletics history, the volleyball team has accounted for two national championships, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, 27 All-Americans, 18 conference championships and 10 NCAA Div. I Tournament appearances. That includes a streak of 11 straight Big Sky titles from 1997-07.
Injuries Piling Up
Unfortunately for the Hornets, the injury bug reared its ugly head and bit two of the team's top players. Outside hitters Sloan Lovett and Morgan Stanley, who combined to form one of the top duos in the Big Sky Conference last year, have both been affected. Normally a full rotation outside hitter, Stanley sat out the Nevada match and was limited to playing just the back row in all three tournament matches last weekend because of injury. Then, midway through the first set of Saturday's match at Cal Poly, Lovett, who is this year's team captain, turned an ankle and did not return to the match because of the injury. Lovett is questionable to play this week, and Stanley is questionable to return to her six-rotation position.
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.
Big Improvements in Three Areas
Sacramento State went 2-1 at Cal Poly's tournament over the weekend, and during that three-match stretch, made big improvements on defense and on the service line. During the first eight matches of the season, Sacramento State was averaging just 1.48 blocks, 12.55 digs and 1.38 aces per set. However, over the last three matches, those numbers spiked to 3.08 blocks, 13.50 digs and 2.17 aces. After finding itself at or near the bottom of the Big Sky Conference statistically in those three categories, the team moved all the way up to third in aces, and seventh in both digs and blocks among the league's 12 institutions.
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