VOLLEYBALL PLAYS ITS FIRST MATCH IN CHINA; DAY 3 PLAYER BLOG

VOLLEYBALL PLAYS ITS FIRST MATCH IN CHINA; DAY 3 PLAYER BLOG

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.

Editor's note - While most world-class cities have 1-2 recognizable skyscrapers by which they are known, Shanghai boasts dozens of high rises that could be a major city's signature skyscraper, were it located in any other city. If you love architecture, you need to add Shanghai to your Bucket List.

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!

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