Currently riding an eight-game winning streak and the only unbeaten team in the Big Sky Conference, Sacramento State (17-7, 8-0) begins a stretch that will see the team play four straight, and six of its final eight conference games of the season away from home.
Sacramento State junior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti has been named the Big Sky Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Hornets to home victories over Southern Utah and Northern Arizona last week.
Mikaela Nocetti had career highs in both kills (21) and digs (22) and Sacramento State had four starters hit at least .300 in a 3-1 victory (25-23, 25-11, 22-25, 27-25) over Northern Arizona in a Big Sky Conference matchup Saturday afternoon inside the Nest.
Fresh off a pair of wins last week against North Dakota and Northern Colorado, Sacramento State (15-7, 6-0) resumes its season-long four-game homestand against Southern Utah (6-12, 1-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Northern Arizona (6-11, 2-4) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Sacramento State’s Shannon Boyle and Mikaela Nocetti both had 11 kills, and middles Lana Brown and Brie Gathright combined for 11 kills, seven blocks and a .458 hitting percentage as the Hornets swept past Big Sky Conference opponent Northern Colorado
In a battle of the Big Sky Conference’s two unbeaten teams, it was Sacramento State that prevailed behind a strong defensive effort as the Hornets knocked off North Dakota, 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12), on Thursday evening at the Nest.
Fresh off a pair of home wins to open league play last week against Weber State and Idaho State, Sacramento State (11-7, 2-0) will hit the road for a pair of matchups against Montana (5-10, 0-2) on Thursday at 6 p.m. PDT and Portland State (11-3, 2-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Outside hitter Shannon Boyle had a match-high 14 kills and setter Kennedy Kurtz added a career-best five aces to help lead Sacramento State to a three-set sweep (25-18, 25-18, 25-14) of Idaho State on Saturday.
Middle blockers Lana Brown (14 kills, .440) and Brie Gathright (12 kills, .524) combined for 26 kills and a .478 hitting percentage to help lead Sacramento State to a 3-1 victory over Weber State in the Big Sky Conference volleyball opener for both teams.
After completing the non-league portion of the season on Saturday, Sacramento State (9-7) will finally jump into Big Sky Conference play with a pair of home matches against Weber State (2-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Idaho State (3-10) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
For the second time this season, Sacramento State lost a close match to Missouri. This time, the Hornets had chances to win but eventually fell to the Tigers in the third and final round of the Wolf Pack Volleyball Tournament by the score of 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 25-23, 16-14).
Pepperdine hit .325 with just 11 errors in 120 attacks on the way to a three-set victory (25-22, 25-16, 26-24) over Sacramento State in the second round of the Wolf Pack Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Virginia Street Gym.
Sacramento State improved its winning streak to six straight matches after winning yet another match away from home. This time, the Hornets beat Nevada, 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23), in the first round of the Wolf Pack Volleyball Invitational.
Sacramento State had large statistical advantages in nearly every category, and limited San Francisco to a .128 hitting percentage on the way to a 3-1 victory (25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14) over the Dons on Tuesday evening inside the Nest.
Sacramento State setter Kennedy Kurtz and libero Brigitte Murdock were named the Big Sky Conference’s offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, after helping lead the Hornets to a 4-0 record last week.
Sacramento State limited Northern Kentucky to a .097 hitting percentage and won its third straight in a 3-1 (25-18, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23) victory over the Norse in the second round of the NKU Invitational on Saturday morning.
Senior Shannon Boyle had a career-best 28 kills and senior Brigitte Murdock added a career-high 38 digs to lead Sacramento State to a 3-2 comeback victory (25-27, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, 15-8) over Bowling Green in the first round of the NKU Invite on Friday afternoon.
Trailing 8-2 and 13-10 in the fifth and deciding set, Sacramento State stormed back to beat UC Davis, 3-2 (25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-13), in a volleyball matchup between the two Causeway rivals at The Pavilion.
Sacramento State was limited to a season-low .105 hitting percentage, and Missouri used 16.5 team blocks to help propel the Tigers to a 3-1 victory (24-26, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20) over the Hornets in the first round of the Boise State Volleyball Invitational at Bronco Gym.