Sacramento State Game Notes (22 pages) - pdf
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The Week Ahead
Sacramento State (7-20, 2-10) will play its final two road matches of the regular season this week. The Hornets travel to Weber State on Thursday, and Idaho State on Saturday with both matches beginning at 6 p.m. PST.
Despite the overall and conference records, the Hornets have been playing better over the last two weeks as the team has split its last four matches. That includes a three-set road sweep of Montana State, and perhaps the team's most impressive victory of the season - a 3-2 win at Portland State on Saturday. The Hornets hadn't beaten the Vikings in Portland since the 2008 season, and they had to overcome a 13-10 deficit in the fifth set to rally for a 16-14 fifth-set win.
The two losses over the last two weeks came in extremely close fashion as Sacramento State fell by just two points in the fourth sets at Montana (25-23) and at home vs. North Dakota (28-26).
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Hornets will need to win their last four matches of the year and hope for help from other teams in the conference to make a run at a berth in the Big Sky Tournament. The top eight teams in the 12-member league qualify for the league's postseason event, and Sacramento State finds itself three games back of a potential spot. Southern Utah, Portland State and Eastern Washington are in a tie for seventh place in the standings with 5-7 records.
Like every match the remainder of the regular season and postseason, fans can watch a free live video stream of 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 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
Weber State will enter Thursday's match with a 6-21 overall record and a 2-10 conference mark. The Wildcats have struggled of late, losing seven straight matches over the last three weeks. However, five of those losses have come on the road as Weber will be playing at home for the first time since Oct. 17. The Hornets lost to Weber State at home earlier this season in five sets, including 16-14 in the fifth. In that match, the Hornets had a match point at 14-13 in the fifth set before the Wildcats won the final three points. Still, the Hornets are 31-9 all-time against the Wildcats, including five straight wins in Ogden. The loss to Weber earlier this year snapped an eight-match overall winning streak against the Wildcats.
At 17-8 overall and 11-1 in the Big Sky, Idaho State has been the best team in the league all year. The Bengals, who host Portland State on Thursday night, have won seven straight and recently completed a four-match road trip with a perfect 4-0 record. In fact, Idaho State is two games better than any other team in the conference and controls its own destiny at securing the No. 1 seed for the Big Sky Tournament. The Hornets lost to the Bengals at home earlier this year in four sets, and have dropped six straight meetings in the series dating back to 2011. Sacramento State is 27-11 all-time against Idaho State, including a 12-6 mark when playing in Pocatello.
Snapping The Five-Set Slump
Prior to Sacramento State's nail-biting victory at Portland State on Saturday, Sacramento State had been 1-5 in five-set matches this year, and had dropped four straight five-set outcomes. The Hornets snapped the slide in a big way against the Vikings, erasing a 13-10 deficit by closing the fifth set on a 6-1 run to not only secure a much-needed win, but also beat a tough Viking squad on its home floor. Each of the team's last four fifth sets have been decided by three points or less, with the three losses during that span each coming to Big Sky opposition.
Hornets Secure 500th Div. I Victory
The win at Portland State on Saturday also allowed Sacramento State to secure its 500th win since joining the Div. I ranks prior to the 1991 season. The Hornets are 500-299 during the program's Div. I era, good a for a robust .626 winning percentage. Arguably the most storied program in Sacramento State athletics history, the volleyball team has accounted for two national championships, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, 27 All-Americans, 18 conference championships and 10 NCAA Div. I Tournament appearances. That includes a streak of 11 straight Big Sky titles from 1997-07. In fact, Sacramento State is trying to avoid its first season with less than 10 wins since the 1976 squad went 9-8 over 17 matches.
Stanley Playing At A High Level
Over the last nine matches, sophomore outside/rightside hitter Morgan Stanley has been the team's most consistent, and best player. During that nine-match stretch, she is averaging 3.71 kills, 2.80 digs, 0.69 blocks, 0.43 aces and 4.50 points per set. She has four straight double-doubles, and six in her last nine matches, including a career-high tying 24 kills to go along with a career-high 18 digs in Saturday's win at Portland State. Over the nine matches, she has set or tied career highs in virtually every single-match category, including kills (24), digs (18), aces (10), blocks (6) and points (35.0). In addition, her .579 hitting percentage two weekends ago at Montana State was a season high, and wasn't far off her career high of .611, set last season.
Youth On Display
Amazingly, when Lauren Kissell made her Hornet debut five matches ago, 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.
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