LAS VEGAS — Sacramento State was limited to a .073 hitting percentage as the Hornets fell to Cal State Northridge, 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-23), in the second round of the Rebel Volleyball Challenge Friday evening at Cox Pavilion.
The Hornets (3-2), who played their second straight match without starting rightside hitter Madeline Cannon because of injury, dropped to 0-2 at the two-day tournament. Sacramento State will conclude the four-team even tomorrow against Hofstra at 11:30 a.m. The Hornets lost this morning to host UNLV, 3-1.
Head coach Ruben Volta used all 14 players on the trip in today's match, trying to find a spark after the Hornets dropped a 25-11 first set in which the Matadors (3-2) hit .577 with 15 kills and no errors. Really, the only set that was close was the third frame when the Hornets held a 23-21 lead only to see CSUN close the set on a 4-0 run.
Sacramento State posted season lows in kills (34), hitting percentage (.073), assists (29), digs (47) and points (47.0) in a match that was played in a quick one hour and 20 minutes. The Hornets had 34 kills and 25 errors compared to CSUN's 41 kills and 11 errors to go along with a .288 hitting percentage.
Sacramento State had just one player finish with better than five kills, and that was outside hitter Shannon Boyle who had 14 kills, 10 digs and a pair of blocks. Middle blocker Courtney Dietrich had five kills, two blocks and a .364 hitting percentage, and has now hit better than .350 in all five matches this season.
After missing this morning's contest with an ankle injury, Brie Gathright returned to notch three kills, two blocks and a .428 hitting percentage in two sets played. Brigitte Murdock, who played the final two sets at libero, finished with a team-high 13 digs. Setters Kennedy Kurtz and Hannah Meadows both had two aces.
For CSUN, Julie Haake led the way with 17 kills and a .432 hitting percentage. Setter Lauren Conati had 34 assists and a match-high six blocks, and Katie Soto had 13 digs.
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