KURTZ NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE SECOND TIME

KURTZ NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE SECOND TIME

SACRAMENTO -- For the second time this season, Sacramento State setter Kennedy Kurtz was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. The senior co-captain, who helped the Hornets to road sweeps of Montana and Portland State, also earned the award on Sept. 11.

Prior to last week, Sacramento State had not swept back-to-back road matches against Big Sky opposition since the 2007 season.

Saturday's sweep of Portland State was especially gratifying as the match was a showdown of the lone two unbeaten teams in the Big Sky's South Division. In fact, that victory allowed Sacramento State (13-7, 4-0) to take over sole possession of first place in the division.

The Tucson, Ariz., native finished the week with stat sheet stuffing averages of 1.33 kills, 12.17 assists, 0.67 aces, 2.33 digs and 1.00 blocks per set while hitting .412. She combined for eight kills, 73 assists, four aces, 14 digs and six blocks while also accumulating 15.5 points.

In Thursday's win at Montana, Kurtz tied her career high with seven kills while also hitting .462 (7-1-13) with 36 assists, one ace, four digs and a pair of blocks. She followed that effort up two days later in the win at Portland State after finishing with 37 assists, three aces, 10 digs and four blocks.

Kurtz quarterbacked a Hornet offense that finished the week with an average of 15.67 kills per set with a very efficient .286 hitting percentage.

Kurtz, who is the nation's leader in total assists (863), has season averages of 10.79 assists, 2.45 digs, 0.39 aces and 0.54 blocks per set while hitting .314. In addition, Kurtz has played in every single point for Sacramento State this year, and has never missed a match during her career, a span of 116 consecutive matches played.

Sacramento State will host North Division leader North Dakota on Thursday in a huge match that begins at 7 p.m. The two are the lone remaining teams in the 12-member Big Sky with perfect conference records. The Hornets and Fighting Hawks won their respective divisions a year ago while North Dakota won the Big Sky Tournament championship.