SACRAMENTO -- Four different Pacific players recorded at least 12 kills, and the Tigers hit .306 on the way to a four-set victory (25-14, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15) over Sacramento State in a non-league volleyball matchup Wednesday evening at the Nest.
With the loss, the Hornets, who were playing their home opener, dropped to 3-2 this season. Pacific improved its record to 2-2, and 28-6 all-time against Sacramento State.
The Tigers have been a very potent offense in the early going this year, and tonight was no different. Pacific had 24 more kills than the Hornets (65-41) while also hitting .306 with seven aces. That included just 21 errors in 144 swings. In fact, the Tigers had advantages in every statistical category over the Hornets, including hitting percentage (.306-.134), aces (7-4), assists (59-38), digs (63-45) and team blocks (13-11).
The Tigers used sizeable runs to close out each of their victorious sets, including 14-6 in the first, 6-2 in the third, and 15-4 in the fourth. Sacramento State did close the second set on a 4-2 run to break a 21-21 tie, punctuated by a Lana Brown kill on set point.
The Hornets were held below a .210 hitting percentage for the first time this season as the team hit just .134.
Sacramento State was led by outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti who had 15 kills, three blocks and a .233 hitting percentage. Fellow outside hitter Shannon Boyle had 10 kills and eight digs, and Brown finished with seven kills and a team-best six blocks. No other Hornet had more than three kills.
Libero Brigitte Murdock had 15 digs, setter Kennedy Kurtz had 34 assists and six digs, rightside hitter Sarah Davis had three blocks, middle Brie Gathright had four blocks (two solos) and Hannah Meadows chipped in six digs.
For Pacific, the quartet of Emily Baptista (16 kills), Andie Shelton (15 kills, 14 digs), Skyler Wine (14 kills, .379) and Ashlyn Fleming (12 kills, 10 blocks, .455) accounted for all but eight of the Tigers' 65 kills. Libero Katrin Gotterba led all players with 24 digs.
The Hornets return to action later this week when the team travels to Boise for a two-day, three-match tournament. Sacramento State will play Missouri and host Boise State on Friday followed by a matchup with BYU on Saturday.