VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT NORTHERN COLORADO

VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT NORTHERN COLORADO

GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado limited the Hornets to a .125 hitting percentage and zero service aces on the way to a three-set sweep (25-21, 25-8, 27-25) of Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball matchup Thursday evening at Colberg Court.

The loss was the seventh straight for the Hornets and dropped the team to 5-17 overall and 0-7 in the Big Sky. Northern Colorado improved to 11-8 overall, 4-3 in the Big Sky, and 13-9 all-time against Sacramento State. That includes eight straight wins when the two teams play in Greeley.

Sacramento State's .125 hitting percentage was among the team's lowest marks of the season against a Big Sky opponent as  freshmen Kennedy Kurtz (1.000, three kills) and Shannon Boyle (.400, four kills) were the only Hornets to hit better than .100. The Hornets did not finish with an ace for just the third time this season while the team committed 11 service errors. In fact, six of those service errors came in a close first set in which Sacramento State hit well (.300).

The Hornets trailed, 23-20, in the first set before a service error and an eventual kill from Andrea Spaustat gave the Bears the victory in the frame. In the third set, neither team led by more than three points the entire way as a Spaustat kill and Kendra Cunningham kill, respectively, broke a 25-25 tie and gave Northern Colorado the set and match.

For Sacramento State, junior Sloan Lovett led the team with a match-high tying 11 kills while sophomore Morgan Stanley posted 10 kills and 11 digs. The double-double for Stanley was her second in the last three matches, and fourth overall this season. Kurtz had 26 assists and five digs to go with her three kills, and Boyle had five digs along with her four kills and .400 hitting percentage. Libero Lexie Skalbeck led all players with 14 digs.

The Bears were led by Spaustat who had 11 kills and a .625 hitting percentage. That included just one error in 16 total attacks. Cunningham added 11 kills as she combined with Spaustat to account for 22 of the Bears' 38 kills. Megan Garcia had 13 digs and Michaela Nelson added 11 digs.

The Hornets return home in two days when the team takes on Portland State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The match is part of a Sacramento State home tripleheader that will also see the men's soccer team play at 3 p.m. and the football team play at 6 p.m.