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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.
• 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.
March 24, 2017 VOLLEYBALL TO PLAY FIVE MATCHES IN CHINA IN EARLY JUNE
February 28, 2017 KURTZ AND BOYLE TO ATTEND THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OPEN TRYOUTS
January 30, 2017 HELP SUPPORT VOLLEYBALL'S SUMMER TRIP TO CHINA
November 15, 2016 VOLLEYBALL BEGINS BIG SKY TOURNAMENT ON THURSDAY VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON
October 31, 2016 CANNON AND SKALBECK SWEEP BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
October 26, 2016 VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES HOMESTAND; LOOKS TO IMPROVE HOME WINNING STREAK
October 20, 2016 FINALLY BACK AT HOME, VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS PAST IDAHO
October 8, 2016 VOLLEYBALL REMAINS HOT ON THE ROAD, BEATS NORTHERN COLORADO, 3-1
September 29, 2016 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS MONTANA TONIGHT, TRAVELS TO PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY
September 29, 2016 VOLLEYBALL NOW 3-0 IN THE BIG SKY AFTER HOME SWEEP OF MONTANA
September 26, 2016 KURTZ NAMED THE BIG SKY’S VOLLEYBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 24, 2016 VOLLEYBALL NOW 2-0 IN THE BIG SKY AFTER 3-2 ROAD WIN AT IDAHO STATE
September 23, 2016 VOLLEYBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 3-1 ROAD WIN AT WEBER STATE
September 21, 2016 VOLLEYBALL BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK ON THE ROAD
September 17, 2016 VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS SECOND ROUND MATCHUP OVER GRAND CANYON, 3-0
September 17, 2016 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO EVENTUAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPION CAL POLY
September 16, 2016 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR TO NEVADA IN 1ST ROUND OF SACRAMENTO STATE INVITE
September 13, 2016 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UC DAVIS TONIGHT, TOURNAMENT ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY
September 13, 2016 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN HOME OPENER TO UC DAVIS
September 10, 2016 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES 10-MATCH ROAD TRIP WITH CONVINCING SWEEP OF UTEP
September 9, 2016 VOLLEYBALL DROPS ANOTHER CLOSE MATCH, FALLS IN FIVE TO NEW MEXICO STATE
September 9, 2016 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO ARIZONA IN 2ND ROUND OF LAS CRUCES TOURNAMENT
September 8, 2016 VOLLEYBALL WRAPS UP 10-MATCH ROAD TRIP THIS WEEK
September 6, 2016 VOLLEYBALL PICKS UP ROAD WIN, SWEEPS CSU BAKERSFIELD
September 3, 2016 VOLLEYBALL DROPS THREE 2-POINT SETS IN 3-1 LOSS TO HOFSTRA
September 2, 2016 VOLLEYBALL SUFFERS FIRST LOSS OF THE YEAR, FALLS AT UNLV, 3-1
September 2, 2016 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN 2ND ROUND OF VEGAS TOURNAMENT TO CSUN
September 1, 2016 VOLLEYBALL TAKES 3-0 RECORD TO TOURNAMENT IN VEGAS
August 29, 2016 SKALBECK NAMED THE BIG SKY’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
August 23, 2016 VOLLEYBALL OPENS THE 2016 SEASON THIS FRIDAY IN ARLINGTON
August 23, 2016 VOLLEYBALL’S SPAGHETTI FEED FUNDRAISER GENERATES OVER $15,000
August 18, 2016 VOLLEYBALL ALUMNI GAME AND SPAGHETTI FEED ON TAP FOR SATURDAY
May 27, 2016 VOLLEYBALL RELEASES ITS 2016 SCHEDULE