SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State junior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti has been named the Big Sky Conference's Offensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Hornets to home victories over Southern Utah and Northern Arizona last week.
A Sacramento State player has now earned Big Sky offensive player of the week accolades four times this season, a list which includes middle blocker Lana Brown (Aug. 28) and setter Kennedy Kurtz (twice on Sept. 11 and Oct. 2).
Nocetti was incredible during the week, averaging 5.86 kills, 3.86 digs and 0.57 blocks per set while hitting .400, a very high percentage for an outside hitter attempting 85 swings. She had 20-plus kills in both matches, and finished the week with 41 kills and just seven errors in 85 total attacks. She also set or tied career highs in kills (21 vs. NAU), digs (22 vs. NAU), hitting percentage (.543 vs. SUU), blocks (3 vs. SUU) and aces (2 vs. SUU).
Perhaps just as impressive is Nocetti had 20 kills in a match which lasted just three sets, and 21 kills in a match that lasted four sets. She hit at least .300 in both victories.
In the Hornets' three-set sweep of Southern Utah on Thursday, the Carmichael, Calif., native had 20 kills to go along with a career-high .543 hitting percentage, career-high tying two aces, five digs and a career-high tying three blocks. She had just one error in 35 swings.
In Sacramento State's four-set win over Northern Arizona on Saturday, Nocetti matched her career high with 21 kills while also notching a .300 hitting percentage and a career-best 22 digs. The 22 digs easily surpassed her previous career best of 18.
Nocetti, who is a six-rotation outside hitter, is now averaging 3.43 kills and 2.94 digs per set this season. She also ranks second in the Big Sky with 15 double-doubles. In conference play, she averages 4.18 kills and 3.36 digs per set while hitting .249.
Last week's wins allowed Sacramento State (17-7, 8-0) to move its conference record to 8-0, tying the 2007 squad for the Hornets' best mark since joining the league in 1996. Sacramento State has won eight straight overall, 16 consecutive regular season matches against Big Sky opposition, and 22 straight home matches against league foes.
The Hornets return to action this week when they begin a season-long four-game road trip on Thursday at Idaho, and Saturday at Eastern Washington. Idaho currently leads the Big Sky's North Division with a 7-1 conference record while the Hornets sit atop the South Division.
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