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VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UC DAVIS TONIGHT, TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY

VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UC DAVIS TONIGHT, TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Full set of game notes (22 pages) - pdf
Sacramento State Invitational Home Page
Big Sky Conference standings

The Week Ahead

• After playing its first 10 matches of the season away from home, Sacramento State (5-5) will finally play inside the Nest four times over a stretch of five days this week.
• The Hornets welcome UC Davis on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before hosting the 14th annual Sacramento State Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
• The Hornets are coming off a week in which the team posted a 2-2 record, including 3-set sweeps at CSU Bakersfield and UTEP, and losses to New Mexico State (3-2) and Arizona (3-0).
• This week's opponents are a combined 19-16, including UC Davis (4-5), Nevada (7-2), Grand Canyon (4-5) and Cal Poly (4-4). Nevada is currently riding a seven-match winning streak and Cal Poly took 9th-ranked Stanford to five sets on the road on Sunday.
• Sacramento State was 11-1 at home last season, and only one of those wins went to five sets.
• The Hornets are among the top 30 teams in the nation in both kills (27th; 14.14 per set) and digs (29th; 16.76 per set).

The Sacramento State Invitational

• This year's tournament features four teams and six matches over two days. The field includes the Hornets, Cal Poly, Grand Canyon and Nevada.
• Each team will play three matches during the round-robin tournament and a champion will be declared on the final day of competition based on record. Should two or more teams be tied for the top record, a series of tiebreakers will be used to declare the champion.
• The tournament home page, which includes ticket information, schedule, multimedia links, and more can be found by clicking here.
• An all-tournament team will be announced at the conclusion of the final match on Saturday.
• The tournament schedule for Friday features matches at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sacramento State will play the 7 p.m. match against Nevada. Saturday's schedule is 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Hornets will play Saturday at noon (vs. Grand Canyon) and 7:30 p.m. (vs. Cal Poly).

This Week's Multimedia Options

• Beginning with Tuesday's match against UC Davis, live video in HD will be offered free for every home match via www.WatchBigSky.com. In addition, free video will be offered for every road match played inside a Big Sky Conference venue.
• Live stats will also be available for every home match this season.
• Multimedia options (video, live stats, audio, etc.) can be accessed to the right of each match on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

Against This Week's Opponents

• The longest standing rivalry against any opponent, Sacramento State is 51-21 all-time against UC Davis, including a 22-8 mark when playing at home against the Aggies.
• The Hornets are 34-11 all-time against Nevada, including a 20-1 mark when the two teams play in Sacramento (the Wolf Pack's lone win came in five sets on Oct. 30, 2007).
• Sacramento State will be playing Grand Canyon for the first time in school history.
• The Hornets are 6-10 against Cal Poly, and have dropped three straight meetings in the series. The last time the two teams met at Colberg Court was a 3-2 Mustang win on Sept. 7, 2013.

Among The Nation's Leaders In Two Important Categories

• Sacramento State currently ranks among the nation's leaders in a pair of very important categories, ranking 27th in kills per set (14.14) and 29th in digs per set (16.76).
• Through 10 matches, the Hornets are averaging 7.3 more kills per match than the opposition.
• The Hornets are also taking a good amount of swings as evidence of an average of 39.14 attacks per set, the third highest mark in the nation.
• Led by libero Lexie Skalbeck's average of 4.77 digs per set, Sacramento State has five players averaging better than 2.20 digs per set, including Shannon Boyle (2.91), Mikaela Nocetti (2.57), Kennedy Kurtz (2.38) and Paige Swinney (2.24).
• After finishing 17th in the nation last year in assists per set (11.39), Kurtz is currently 12th in the country this season with 11.41 per set.

Hornet Notables

• Senior middle blocker Courtney Dietrich is now eighth in the nation with a .447 hitting percentage. Amazingly, she has a streak of hitting better than .310 in 12 of her last 13 matches dating back to last year. Over that 13-match stretch, she is hitting exactly .500 (75-9-132).
• Fellow starting middle blocker Brie Gathright has also hit well, ranking third on the team with a .347 hitting percentage to go along with 1.50 kills and a team-high 1.13 blocks per set.
• Sacramento State continues to get good production from its outside hitter corps as four players are averaging better than 2.80 kills per set. That includes Shannon Boyle (3.94), Morgan Stanley (3.14), Mikaela Nocetti (2.86) and Madeline Cannon (2.81). Cannon plays on the right side exclusively while Stanley has played on both the right and left, and Boyle and Nocetti on the left.
• Stanley remains on pace to reach the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs milestone and currently has 909 career kills and 796 digs.
• Setter Kennedy Kurtz is hitting .420 this season, and now has a career hitting percentage of .323.
• After missing four matches because of injury, Cannon returned to play on Friday at New Mexico State and responded by posting a career-high tying 15 kills.
• Boyle (3rd, 4.29), Stanley (9th, 3.50) and Cannon (10th, 3.43) all rank among the Big Sky's top 10 players in points per set.
• The Hornets welcome back 13 players from last year's 26-7 squad, including four starters and the team's libero. The team, however, has to compensate for the losses of outside hitters Lauren Kissell and Sloan Lovett, who ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Big Sky in kills per set.