Sacramento State Game Notes (22 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings
The Week Ahead
Sacramento State (5-18, 0-8) will play twice this week and five of its next six matches on the road. The Hornets, who are seeking their first conference win, travel to Montana State on Friday and Montana on Saturday. Both matches will begin at 6 p.m. PDT.
At the midway point of the conference season, this week's matchups will mark the only time that Sacramento State will take on both Montana and Montana State this year. With the addition of Idaho to the conference this season, the Big Sky split into a pair of divisions - the North and South. The Hornets reside in the South and play each team in that division twice, and will play just once against the six teams from the North Division - Montana, Montana State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, North Dakota and Northern Colorado.
Sacramento State has played just one road match during the entire month of October as five of the team's previous six matches have come at Colberg Court. The Hornets are 5-9 away from home, including 1-6 on an opponent's home floor and 4-3 at neutral sites. Sacramento State has already taken on Southern Utah, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado on the road.
The top eight squads in the 12-team Big Sky, regardless of division, will qualify for the league's postseason event. The Hornets are four games back of Eastern Washington, Southern Utah and Portland State who are each 4-4 and hold down the final three spots for the tournament if the season ended today. The tournament host and No. 1 seed will go to the team with the best conference record while the No. 2 seed will be the first-place team from the other division.
Like every match the rest of the season, fans will be able to watch a free live video stream on both Friday 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
This week, Sacramento State will play a pair of teams that have combined for a 7-33 overall record thus far. Up first is Montana State, which will enter Friday's matchup with a 4-16 overall record and 1-7 mark in the Big Sky. Amazingly, the Bobcats have played just three home matches all season, and lost those matchups to Montana, Northern Colorado and North Dakota. The Hornets have dominated the series with Montana State over the years, winning 40 of the 46 meetings between the two programs. Sacramento State has won seven straight, and 20 of the last 21 matchups against the Bobcats, including three straight wins when the two teams play in Bozeman.
Montana, which hosts Portland State on Friday, enters the week with a 3-17 overall record and a 3-5 conference mark. The Grizzlies, who played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the Big Sky, have dropped five of their last six matches after being swept by both Idaho and Eastern Washington last week on the road. Like Montana State, Montana is also winless at home (0-7), and just completed a four-match road trip. The Hornets are 27-12 all-time against Montana, but the Grizzlies have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two teams. That includes six straight wins in Missoula. The last time the Hornets beat Montana in Missoula came in 2007.
Kissell Makes Her Debut
Sacramento State junior outside hitter Lauren Kissell made her Hornet debut on Saturday against Portland State, and responded with a team-high nine kills. A first team all-state selection last year at San Joaquin Delta College, Kissell shook off the rust to also finish with five digs and a solo block. Last year at Delta, the six-foot Kissell finished second in the state in kills (462), and third in both kills per set (5.13) and hitting percentage (.350). She was in the starting lineup on Saturday against Portland State and will likely remain there the remainder of the season.
Youth Is Most Definitely Served
Amazingly, when Lauren Kissell made her debut on Saturday, it marked just the third upperclassman that has appeared in a match this season for Sacramento State. That's because the Hornets have just three upperclassmen on the entire roster (juniors Sloan Lovett and Lauren Aikels are the others), and zero seniors. In fact, of the 16 players on Sacramento State's roster, 10 are new to the program, including a school-record eight freshmen. Moreover, 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.
First Set Blues
The Hornets need to do a better job of starting matches as the team has lost the first set in 19 of 23 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 this year's 19 first sets lost, the Hornets are being outscored by an average of 5.4 points.
Skalbeck Back At Libero, And Playing Well
After playing at defensive specialist in seven straight matches from Sept. 20 until Oct. 9, sophomore Lexie Skalbeck was moved back to the starting libero spot on Oct. 11 against Idaho. Over that three-match span, the Portland, Ore., native is averaging better than five digs per set (5.11), and despite each of those matches lasting just three sets, she has totalled 16, 14 and 16 digs, respectively. Skalbeck began the year as the team's libero before freshman Brigitte Murdock assumed the role for a three-week span.
Sacramento State has combined to hit .202 over its last four matches, after a span in which the team failed to hit better than .163 in nine straight matches. Unfortunately, during that four-match span, the opposition has combined to hit .287…Morgan Stanley has at least eight kills and seven digs in five straight matches after doing so, mainly because of injury, twice in her first 16 matches…Sloan Lovett had five kills vs. Portland State, snapping a streak of five straight matches with double-figure kills.
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