Sacramento State Game Notes (21 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference Standings
The Week Ahead
Sacramento State (5-14, 0-4) will resume its season-long four-match homestand this week with matchups on Thursday against Eastern Washington and Saturday vs. Idaho. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.
The Hornets will look to snap a four-match losing streak and avoid dropping their first five Big Sky Conference matches for the first time in program history. In fact, the team had never lost more than two conference matches to start a season prior to this year. Sacramento State could just as easily be 2-2 as the team had a combined four match points in the contests at Southern Utah and Weber State, but could not convert. That included three match points against Southern Utah and a match point at 14-13 of the fifth set vs. Weber State.
At 0-4 in league, this week's matches are likely the most important of the season if Sacramento State wants to legitimately challenge for a Big Sky Tournament spot at year's end. The top eight squads in the 12-team Big Sky, regardless of division, will qualify for the league's postseason event and the Hornets can ill-afford to fall too far back in the standings.
Sacramento State is still looking to secure its first home win (0-6). This is a program that has combined to post a 191-64 record at home since 1996, and has just one sub-.500 home record in school history (7-10 in 2009). Among the team's six home losses this year include five-set defeats at the hands of Fresno State, UC Davis and Weber State. In addition, the Hornets lost to Idaho State in four sets last week, a close match that Sacramento State could have won.
Like every match the rest of the season, fans will be able to watch a free live video stream on both Thursday and Saturday via WatchBigSky.com. All home matches will be streamed in HD, but most road matches will be streamed in SD. Users just need to sign up for a free account through the website and video the remainder of the season is free. 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
Arguably the Hornets' biggest rival in the Big Sky over the years, Eastern Washington will enter Thursday's match with a 5-12 overall record and 1-3 mark in the Big Sky. Since joining the Big Sky in 1996, Sacramento State has faced Eastern Washington in the conference tournament championship match eight times with the Hornets posting a 7-1 record in those meetings. This season, the Eagles are 3-3 on the road, including a five-set win (18-16) at Northern Colorado two weeks ago. Sacramento State is 31-15 all-time against the Eagles, including a 21-4 mark when playing in Sacramento. The Hornets have not lost to EWU at home since the 2009 season.
Idaho will make its first-ever trip to Colberg Court to face the Hornets on Thursday. Newcomers to the Big Sky this season, Idaho enters the week with a 7-9 overall record and 3-1 conference mark, including sweeps of both Northern Arizona (at home) and Eastern Washington (on the road) last week. The Hornets and Vandals have faced each other three times over the years, and each matchup came on a neutral floor. Sacramento State leads the series, 2-1, but Idaho defeated the Hornets (3-1) last year at a tournament in Boise, Idaho.
First Set Blues
The Hornets need to do a better job of starting matches as the team has lost the first set in 16 of 19 matches this year. Of the team's five victories this season, four have come after dropping the first set. By comparison, Sacramento State won four matches all of last season after losing the first set. In those 16 first sets lost, the Hornets are being outscored by an average of 5.8 points.
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.
Joining The Double Figure Ace Club
In Saturday's match against Weber State, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Stanley recorded an extremely rare feat in the sport of volleyball....10 aces. In fact, its so rare that no player in school history had ever recorded more than seven aces in a match prior to Saturday. In addition, the 10 aces tied for the second best mark in Big Sky Conference history, and tied for the 20th best mark in NCAA Div. I history (for a five-set match). At the end of the third set, Stanley served aces on five straight and six of the last seven points of the frame.
Lovett Making A Mark
Junior outside hitter and team captain Sloan Lovett is averaging 3.76 kills per set against Big Sky competition, the second best mark in the league. She has posted at least nine kills in all four conference matches, including a career-best 27 at Southern Utah. Lovett also added 17 kills against Idaho State and 11 kills vs. Weber State last week. Overall, Lovett is averaging 3.24 kills per set, which is nearly identical to last season's output of 3.25 kps. How important is Lovett's production to the team? The Hornets are 5-6 when she produces double figures in kills, and 0-6 when she finished with nine or less. Lovett missed two matches earlier this year with an ankle injury.
The Hornets are limiting the opposition to a .200 hitting percentage, the fifth best mark in the Big Sky. Four of the team's last six opponents have hit .174 or less…Sacramento State's 14 aces on Saturday against Weber State were tied for the second highest single-match total in school history and helped the Hornets boost to fourth in the league in aces per set (1.45)…Morgan Stanley accounted for 35 points against Weber State, the most by a Hornet in a match since Missie Stidham recorded 36.5 points at Portland State on Nov. 17, 2007…Sacramento State has already played 21 sets that have been decided by two points, and are 7-14 on those occasions.
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