Sacramento State Game Notes (21 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings
The Week Ahead
Sacramento State (5-16, 0-6) embarks upon a rare week that will see the team play two Big Sky Conference matches, with one taking place on the road and one at home. The Hornets travel to Northern Colorado on Thursday for a 6 p.m. PDT matchup before returning home for a Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) tilt against Portland State.
This week will mark the first of two home/road splits the Hornets will play in the same week. Later this year, Sacramento State will take on North Dakota at home on Oct. 30, and play two days later at Portland State.
On Thursday, the Hornets will look to snap a season-long six-match losing streak as the team also searches for its first Big Sky victory. Sacramento State has been close to securing a conference win, but has struggled in five-set matches against league opposition going 0-3 in five-set affairs. In addition, the Hornets had match points against Southern Utah (3) and Weber State (1), but could not come up with the victory.
Thursday will mark the first time the Hornets have played on the road this month as the team just completed a four-match homestand on Saturday. Away from Colberg Court, Sacramento State is 5-8 this season, including 1-5 when playing on an opponent's home floor.
The top eight squads in the 12-team Big Sky, regardless of division, will qualify for the league's postseason event. The Hornets, though 0-6 in league, are just three games back of a potential spot as there are four Big Sky teams currently with 3-3 records.
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
Northern Colorado will enter Thursday's matchup with a 10-8 overall record and 3-3 conference mark. The Bears recently completed a four-match road trip with a 3-1 record, including wins at Montana State, Montana and Idaho State. The Bears lead the all-time series, 12-9, over the Hornets, including a 7-1 record in Greeley. Sacramento State has dropped seven straight matches in Greeley with the team's lone win on Northern Colorado's home floor coming in 2006.
Portland State brings a 5-13 overall record and 3-3 Big Sky mark into the week. The Vikings have yet to win a road match this season (0-6) and are 0-2 against Big Sky teams on the road. Portland State has won two straight and three of the last four matches after beginning the season 2-12. One of the Hornets' longest standing rivalries against any team, the Hornets and Vikings have faced each other 58 times dating back to 1979. In that time, the Hornets are 37-21 against PSU, including an 18-3 mark in Sacramento.
First Set Blues
The Hornets need to do a better job of starting matches as the team has lost the first set in 17 of 21 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.
Looking For The First Home Win
Sacramento State is currently 0-8 at home, including an 0-4 mark against Big Sky opponents. The Hornets have been close, as evidence by five-set losses on four occasions. Still, Sacramento State is 191-66 at home since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996. That includes a 59-match regular season home winning streak against conference teams that lasted from 1999 until 2007.
The Lovett-Stanley Connection
Over the last three matches, the outside hitter tandem of junior Sloan Lovett and sophomore Morgan Stanley have shown glimpses of what made the duo one of the better outside hitter combinations in the league last year. Due to nagging injuries that have affected both players a good portion of the season, the numbers haven't been quite as good. However, during the last three matches, Stanley and Lovett have combined to average 6.62 kills and 1.08 aces per set. That includes Stanley totalling 22 kills vs. Weber State and 19 against Eastern Washington. Lovett has now posted double figures in kills in four straight and 10 of the last 12 matches.
Over the last three matches, middle blockers Madeline Cannon (.356) and Courtney Dietrich (.333) have combined to hit .346…freshman setter Kennedy Kurtz's percentage of assists compared to total sets has increased each of the last four matches, culminating in 41 percent of her sets resulting in kills against Idaho…freshman middle blocker Lana Brown is currently out with a fractured finger, and could take a medical redshirt if the injury persists…after playing three consecutive matches at DS, sophomore Lexie Skalbeck moved back to libero against Idaho on Saturday…Sacramento State had been 4-0 when hitting above .200 until dropping matches against Eastern Washington (.253) and Idaho (.235) last week…Sacramento State is two wins shy of its 500th victory since joining the Div. I ranks in 1991 (498-295)…the Hornets' brand new sport court made its debut two weeks ago against Idaho State…sophomore rightside hitter Kendall LaVine is hitting .412 (10-3-17) over her last two matches.
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