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RECORDS FALL IN VOLLEYBALL’S SEASON OPENING 25-11, 25-13, 25-4 WIN OVER UAPB

RECORDS FALL IN VOLLEYBALL’S SEASON OPENING 25-11, 25-13, 25-4 WIN OVER UAPB

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In a match which lasted just an hour and seven minutes, Sacramento State routed Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-4) in the first round of the Maverick Volleyball Classic on Friday afternoon at the College Park Center. The match was the first of the season for both teams.

Not only did the Hornets begin the season with a resounding win, the team also set a pair of school records in the process. The four points allowed in the third set, and the 28 combined points allowed over three sets, were the best marks posted by Sacramento State since the NCAA adopted rally scoring in 2001.

The previous record for points allowed in a set was seven in the second set of a home win against Montana State last season. The previous record for combined points allowed were 33 in a 30-10, 30-9, 30-14 victory against Idaho State at home on Nov. 11, 2004. The NCAA used a 30-point rally scoring system for sets from 2001-07, and 25-point rally scoring system for sets from 2008-pres.

Sacramento State will conclude the season-opening tournament with a pair of matches tomorrow against Sam Houston State at 9 a.m. PDT and host UT Arlington at 5 p.m. PDT.

The Hornets had huge runs in all three sets, going on a 12-3 run midway through the first set, a 12-2 run midway through the second, and began the third frame with an 11-0 run. Sacramento State's largest deficit in the match was three points, 5-2, in the second frame.

As a team, Sacramento State hit .434 with 43 kills and just seven errors in 83 swings. That percentage is the fourth best single-match mark in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.). Amazingly, the Hornets went the entire third set without an attack error, finishing with 10 kills in 17 swings.

Conversely, Arkansas-Pine Bluff hit for a negative percentage (-.043), finishing with 16 kills and 20 errors in 93 swings. That including finishing with just two kills with nine errors during the entire third frame. No one on the Golden Lions' roster finished with more than five kills during the match.

Fourteen different Sacramento State players appeared in today's contest and 10 cracked into the kill column. That included Madeline Cannon, who is making the switch from middle blocker last season to outside hitter this year. Playing on the right side, Cannon had a match-high 12 kills to go along with four digs, four blocks and a .421 hitting percentage. Outside hitter Morgan Stanley added eight kills and a .333 hitting percentage while newcomer Mikaela Nocetti (transfer from Portland) had seven kills without an error and a .412 hitting percentage.

Setter Kennedy Kurtz had 29 assists, two aces and five digs, middle blocker Lana Brown had three kills and a match-best five blocks, and Courtney Dietrich (3 kills) and Sarah Davis (2 kills) both finished with a perfect hitting percentage. Dietrich was playing her first match since injuring her knee midway through the conference season a year ago, and Davis was playing her first collegiate match. Fellow true freshman Paige Swinney, also playing her first collegiate match, had two kills, four digs and a .400 hitting percentage.

Libero Lexie Skalbeck had 19 digs, 10 more than any other player on the floor. She also had two kills in two swings, which is a new career high. After missing the majority of the conference season a year ago with injury, outside hitter Shannon Boyle returned to finish with two kills and two digs while playing just the first set.

Skyler Takeda, Kurtz and Davis all had two aces. It was Kurtz that served 11 straight points to open the third set. Sacramento State held sizeable advantages over the Golden Lions in kills (43-16), aces (7-2) and digs (48-30).

NOTES -- The Hornets ran a 6-2 offense in the third set as Hannah Meadows finished with six assists in the frame…the Hornets are now 5-4 in season openers during Ruben Volta's tenure as head coach.