PHOTO GALLERY FROM DAY 3
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Friday marked the first competitive action for the Sacramento State volleyball team and the team's last full day in Shanghai.
Prior to the match, the Hornets had one last chance to enjoy a unique shopping experience at the AP Plaza underground market, located next to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
Competition took center stage in the afternoon as Sacramento State faced a talented Shanghai Women's Volleyball Club Junior team. Alternating the roster between a squad of only returners and a group that included this year's graduating seniors, the Hornets dropped each of the four sets in Friday's scrimmage, 25-19, 25-13, 25-15, 25-16.
Outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti led the Hornets with a team-high 12 kills and three aces while Madeline Cannon added five kills and a .500 hitting percentage (5-0-8). Middle blocker Courtney Dietrich had three kills and a .750 hitting percentage and Erin Cochran finished with two kills and a .667 hitting percentage. Lana Brown had a team-best three blocks.
The day ended with a trip to the Observation Deck of the Shanghai World Financial Center, known by locals and tourists alike as the Bottle Opener (due to its unique shape).
Sacramento State will play its second match in as many days at 2 a.m. PDT against Nanjing Dong Nan University. The match will be made public, and a large crowd is expected to attend.
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DAY 3 PLAYER BLOG
Senior Lexie Skalbeck
It's Friday, and we woke up not only excited for game day, but also excited to celebrate Shannon Boyle's 22nd birthday!
We started the morning with another amazing breakfast followed by underground shopping. The team all found great deals (we hope) and had fun bargaining with the locals! After shopping, we took an hour bus ride to our match.
The match against Shanghai Women's Volleyball Club Junior Team did not go as well as we would have liked, but it was valuable experience moving forward. Their style of play and extreme discipline made for tough competition. The Hornets performed well at times, but overall, did not come out with a win. A key difference in the play is the balls they use. Prior to traveling, we trained with a ball that we thought would be used for competition, but a completely different ball was used for today's match.
After the match, we went to a burger joint which was great. We loved having some American food. We were able to change plans in the scheduled itinerary and squeeze in a visit to the Shanghai Eye, aka the bottle opener building in downtown Shanghai. We were 1,440 feet high in the sky. It was an incredible sight to see the landscape all lit up at night. We look forward to traveling to Nanjing tomorrow by train and competing again! Good night and Go Hornets!
Day 1-2 Recap/Player Blogs
September 20, 2017 VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY THIS WEEK WITH TWO MATCHES
September 16, 2017 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES NEVADA TOURNAMENT WITH 3-2 NAIL BITING LOSS TO MISSOURI
September 15, 2017 VOLLEYBALL HAS WINNING STREAK SNAPPED IN LOSS TO PEPPERDINE
September 14, 2017 VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO RENO FOR THREE MATCHES, BEGINNING THURSDAY AT NEVADA
September 14, 2017 WINNING STREAK AT 6 STRAIGHT! VOLLEYBALL DOWNS NEVADA ON THE ROAD, 3-1
September 12, 2017 FIVE WINS IN A ROW! VOLLEYBALL DOWNS SAN FRANCISCO, 3-1
September 11, 2017 KURTZ AND MURDOCK SWEEP THE BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
September 9, 2017 VOLLEYBALL WINS 3RD STRAIGHT, BEATS NORTHERN KENTUCKY, 3-1
September 9, 2017 VOLLEYBALL BEATS SEATTLE, 3-1, COMPLETES PERFECT TOURNAMENT
September 8, 2017 ANOTHER COMEBACK WIN FOR VOLLEYBALL, THIS TIME OVER BOWLING GREEN, 3-2
September 5, 2017 VOLLEYBALL STORMS BACK, KNOCKS OFF UC DAVIS ON THE ROAD, 3-2
September 2, 2017 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO 10TH-RANKED BYU
September 1, 2017 VOLLEYBALL OPENS BOISE TOURNAMENT WITH 3-1 LOSS TO MISSOURI
September 1, 2017 VOLLEYBALL DROPS HEARTBREAKING 3-2 ROAD DECISION AT BOISE STATE
August 31, 2017 VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO BOISE FOR THREE MATCHES IN TWO DAYS
August 30, 2017 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN HOME OPENER TO PACIFIC, 3-1
August 28, 2017 LANA BROWN NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
August 25, 2017 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH 3-2 VICTORY OVER UCONN
August 7, 2017 VOLLEYBALL SEASON ON THE HORIZON; PRACTICES BEGIN AUG. 8
June 10, 2017 VOLLEYBALL’S FINAL DAY IN CHINA; TWO MORE BLOGS
May 19, 2017 VOLLEYBALL RELEASES ITS 2017 SCHEDULE