VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO EASTERN WASHINGTON, FALLS IN FIVE SETS AGAIN

VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO EASTERN WASHINGTON, FALLS IN FIVE SETS AGAIN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For the second straight match, and three times in the last five matches, the Sacramento State volleyball squad fell in five heartbreaking sets. Tonight, it was Eastern Washington that came into The Nest and defeated the Hornets, 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12.

In addition, Sacramento State (5-15, 0-5) has dropped each of its last four matches that were decided in five sets, and the team is now 1-5 in five-set outcomes. In two of those contests, Sacramento State squandered at least one match point.

The young Hornet squad, which features zero seniors and eight freshmen, committed three service errors in the fifth set after committing the same amount in the fifth frame of Saturday's five-set defeat to Weber State. The Hornets did have 10 kills, nine digs and hit .286 in the fifth, but Eastern Washington took advantage of the three service errors while also tallying a pair of aces. Five of the Eagles' 15 points in the final frame came on the service line.

Eastern Washington led the entire fifth set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. The Hornets never fell any further behind that three points the entire way, and closed to within, 13-12, on a Morgan Stanley kill. However, a kill from Allie Schumacher and a Sophie Miller ace on match point gave the Eagles the win.

The Hornets have now dropped five straight, nine of their last 10, and are 0-5 in conference play for the first time in school history. Sacramento State will close its season-long four-match homestand this Saturday against Idaho at 7 p.m. With the victory, Eastern Washington improved to 6-12, 2-3 in the Big Sky, and snapped a four-match losing streak when playing the Hornets in Sacramento.

Sacramento State had more kills (61-56), assists (57-51), aces (9-7), digs (66-56) and team blocks (12.0-11.0), but the Hornets also committed a season-high tying 14 service errors. The Hornets allowed Eastern Washington to hit at least .370 in each of the Eagles' victorious sets (.370 in the second, .371 in the third, and .375 in the fifth).

Three Hornets put up huge numbers in the match, including Stanley, who finished with 19 kills, 12 digs, two blocks, three aces and a .319 hitting percentage. The 19 kills were a match high, and the sophomore is now averaging 4.10 kills, 2.00 digs, 0.85 blocks, 1.30 aces and a .316 hitting percentage over the last two matches. This evening's double-double was her third of the season.

Junior outside hitter and team captain Sloan Lovett had 16 kills, 13 digs, four blocks, a .250 hitting percentage and recorded her second double-double of the year. Sophomore middle Madeline Cannon had 12 kills, seven digs, six blocks, four aces and a .409 hitting percentage. Four of those kills came in a fifth set in which Cannon hit .500.

Kendall LaVine added four kills and a .500 hitting percentage, and Courtney Dietrich had six kills and four blocks (including two solos). Of the Hornets' nine aces, four came from Cannon and three from Stanley. Amazingly, Stanley has 13 aces in her last two matches.

Schumacher led Eastern Washington with 14 kills and a .371 hitting percentage. She had three kills in the fifth set, including a crucial kill to give the Eagles a 14-12 lead. She was joined in double-figure kills by Talia Fermantez (13 kills, .417 hitting percentage) and Ana Jakovljevic (10 kills, .348 hitting percentage).

The Eagles hit .270 as a team, the largest percentage allowed by the Hornets in the last 12 matches. Sacramento State hit .253, and lost for the first time all year when hitting above .200.