HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Sacramento State hit a season-high .324, and finished a perfect 3-0 at the NKU Invitational after defeating Seattle, 3-1, in the third and final round of the tournament on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Hornets were the lone team in the four-team field to go undefeated at the event, posting wins over Bowling Green, host Northern Kentucky and Seattle. In addition, Sacramento State stretched its winning streak to four straight matches, which included a five-set road win at UC Davis on Tuesday.
Overall, the Hornets are 7-5, including a 7-4 mark away from home. With the loss, Seattle dropped to 2-7.
Sacramento State had three of its players named to the all-tournament team, including outside hitter Shannon Boyle, middle blocker Lana Brown and libero Brigitte Murdock. Boyle was named the tournament MVP after averaging 4.38 kills and 4.00 digs per set. Brown averaged 2.23 kills and 1.31 blocks while hitting a team-best .367. Murdock, who had 38 digs on Friday against Bowling Green, averaged 5.38 digs per set during the two-day event.
The Hornets had four players finish with double figures in kills in today's match, comprised of Boyle (16 kills, 15 digs), Mikaela Nocetti (15 kills, nine digs), Brown (12 kills, five blocks, .579 hitting percentage) and Sarah Davis (10 kills, four blocks, .391 hitting percentage). Brown's 12 kills came with just one error in 23 swings. Brie Gathright added five kills, three blocks and a .333 hitting percentage.
Setter Kennedy Kurtz had three kills, 46 assists, nine digs and four aces. In three tournament matches, Kurtz had six aces, and an average of 0.46 per set. Murdock had three aces and 15 digs, and Hannah Meadows posted four digs.
For Seattle, Katarina Marinkovic had 21 of the team's 52 kills while hitting .289. No other Seattle player had more than eight kills.
Sacramento State had statistical advantages in kills (62-52), hitting percentage (.324-.217) and aces (9-5). The Hornets also had eight team blocks.
The Hornets return to action next week for four more matches, beginning with a home matchup against San Francisco on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game against the Dons will mark just the second home tilt of the season for the Hornets.