Sacramento State has qualified for the postseason as the team will play in the return of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) this Tuesday in Stockton in the first round of the 32-team tournament.
Tournament MVP Faith Dooley had four kills in the fifth set, and a match-best 19 kills to go along with a .500 hitting percentage as North Dakota outlasted Sacramento State, 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 18-25, 25-15, 15-10), at the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship match Saturday evening at the Nest.
Sophomore Sarah Davis had a career-high 16 kills, and junior middle blocker Brie Gathright added nine kills, four blocks and a .429 hitting percentage to help Sacramento State to a 3-1 win (26-24, 25-15, 18-25, 25-18) over Portland State in the Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals at the Nest.
Highlighted by senior setter Kennedy Kurtz being named the Big Sky Conference MVP and head coach Ruben Volta receiving league coach of the year accolades, Sacramento State was well represented on this year’s conference awards sheet. Kurtz was one of four Sacramento State players to receive all-conference honors.
Sacramento State closed the third set on a 12-0 run, and the fourth set on a 9-2 run to eventually defeat Northern Colorado, 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 27-25), in the Big Sky Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal round on Thursday evening at the Nest.
Sacramento State is currently undergoing major construction which has shut down one of the University’s main parking lots. Therefore, parking will not be easy on Thursday and Friday during the first two days of the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Championship.
For the 17th time since joining the Big Sky in 1996, Sacramento State (24-8, 15-1) will play in the Big Sky Tournament. And for the first time since 2007, the Hornets will host the eight-team, single-elimination postseason event after winning the league’s regular season championship.
Fresh off winning the program’s first Big Sky regular season championship in 10 years, Sacramento State (22-8, 13-1) will play its final two games of the regular season this week on the road. The Hornets will play at Idaho State (11-16, 8-6) on Thursday, and at Weber State (8-18, 6-8) on Saturday. Both matchups will begin at 6 p.m. PST.
Sacramento State outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti had a match-high 20 kills, including three in the decisive fifth set, to lead the Hornets to a 3-2 victory (25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-11) over Idaho State on Thursday evening at Reed Gym.
On Senior Day, with a chance to clinch the program’s first Big Sky Conference regular season title since 2007, Sacramento State did exactly that, putting together a 3-2 come from behind victory in front of a jubilant Colberg Court crowd. The Hornets, who lost the first two sets, defeated Portland State, 3-2 (26-28, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-7).
Senior Shannon Boyle led all players with 21 kills and 17 digs and Sacramento State hit .307 on the way to a 3-1 victory (27-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22) over Montana State on Thursday evening at the Nest.
Needing just two wins to clinch the Big Sky Conference’s regular season championship, Sacramento State (20-8, 11-1) will play its final two home matches this week on Thursday vs. Montana State (8-13, 4-8) at 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Portland State (18-6, 9-3) at 1 p.m.
Sacramento State received 23 kills and 11 digs from senior Shannon Boyle, and the Hornets limited Southern Utah to a .170 hitting percentage on the way to a 3-1 road victory (17-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20) over the Thunderbirds on Saturday evening.
Currently riding a 10-game winning streak and the only unbeaten team in the Big Sky Conference, Sacramento State (19-7, 10-0) wraps up its four-game road trip with matchups at Northern Arizona (9-12, 5-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Southern Utah (6-16, 1-9) on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Sacramento State’s long winning streak and perfect conference record was snapped by Northern Arizona tonight at the Rolle Activity Center. After winning the first frame, Sacramento State would eventually fall to the Lumberjacks in five sets by a 3-2 score.
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.