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The Week Ahead

• Fresh off winning the program's first Big Sky regular season championship in 10 years, Sacramento State (22-8, 13-1) will play its final two games of the regular season this week on the road. The Hornets will play at Idaho State (11-16, 8-6) on Thursday, and at Weber State (8-18, 6-8) on Saturday. Both matchups will begin at 6 p.m. PST.
• Saturday's come from behind 3-2 home win against Portland State clinched the regular season title and will allow the Hornets to host the Big Sky Tournament on Nov. 16-18. Sacramento State will assume the No. 1 seed and play the 8 seed in the quarterfinals on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
• The Hornets' 13-1 conference record ties for the best after 14 games since joining the Big Sky in 1996. Should Sacramento State win twice this week, it would match the team's best finish to a Big Sky season in school history (the 1998 and 2006 squads finished the season 15-1 in league).
• Sacramento State has won three straight, 13 of its last 14, and 19 of the last 22 matches. The Hornets' only conference loss came at Northern Arizona, a match in which they lost in the fifth set by a 16-14 margin.
• The Hornets' regular season title is the program's first since 2007 and the team will host the Big Sky Tournament for the first time since 2007.
• Sacramento State defeated both Weber State (3-1) and Idaho State (3-0) at home earlier this season. Those two matches were the first Big Sky contests of the season for the Hornets.
• Last week's wins over Montana State and Portland State allowed the Hornets to finish with a perfect 8-0 home record against Big Sky opposition for the third consecutive season.

Big Sky Tournament Field Not Quite Set

• All 12 teams in the Big Sky Conference enter the final week of the regular season, and six of those teams have already clinched a spot in the eight-team Big Sky Tournament next week at the Nest.
• The teams that have clinched are the Hornets (13-1), North Dakota (10-4), Portland State (10-4), Idaho (10-4), Idaho State (8-6) and Northern Arizona (8-6). Four teams are battling for the final two spots, comprised of Northern Colorado (6-8), Weber State (6-8), Montana State (5-9) and Eastern Washington (4-10). If the season ended today, the Hornets would be facing Northern Colorado in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
• The tournament format will be as follows: The quarterfinals will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16 when the No. 2 seed faces the No. 7 seed at 11 a.m., No. 3 vs. No. 6 at 1:30 p.m., No. 4 vs. No. 5 at 4:30 p.m., and Sacramento State (the No. 1 seed) will take on the No. 8 seed at 7 p.m. The semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and the championship match will be on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8:00 p.m.
• The winner of the Big Sky Tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, a place the Hornets haven't been since 2007.

This Week's Multimedia Options

• Free live video will be offered for every match the rest of the season via www.WatchBigSky.com. That includes this week's games at Idaho State and Weber State.
• Multimedia options (video, live stats) can be accessed to the right of each match on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

vs. This Week's Opponents

• Sacramento State has combined for a 67-23 all-time record against Idaho State and Weber State.
• The Hornets are 31-13 against the Bengals, which includes a 25-18, 25-18, 25-14 victory on Sept. 23 inside the Nest.
• Overall, Sacramento State has won four straight in the series. The Hornets are 13-8 when playing the Bengals on the road, but Idaho State has won five of the last seven matchups in Pocatello. The Hornets' two wins during that stretch both came by two points in the fifth set.
• Sacramento State is 36-10 against Weber State, including a 25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23 win in the Big Sky opener on Sept. 21 inside the Nest.
• Overall, the Hornets have won five straight meetings against the Wildcats.
• The Hornets are 15-5 all-time when playing Weber State in Ogden, including a 3-1 win last year.

Riding A Historic Season

• Prior to the loss at Northern Arizona two weeks ago, the Hornets had won 10 straight matches overall, and 18 consecutive regular season conference matches. The 10-game winning streak was the second longest in the last 10 years. The 18 straight regular season conference wins was the second longest streak in school history, trailing the 20 straight put up by the 2005 and 2006 squads.
• Sacramento State's 13-1 conference record ties for the best mark after 14 Big Sky games. The 1998, 2005 and 2006 squads also accomplished the feat.
• The Hornets have currently won 24 consecutive home matches against Big Sky opposition, and have not lost to a league foe at home since 2014. That's three straight 8-0 seasons at home.
• Sacramento State has won 20 matches three straight seasons, and over that span, has combined for a 68-27 overall record and a 38-8 mark in Big Sky play.

Hornet Notables

• One of the most prolific setters in school history, senior Kennedy Kurtz has made her mark on the Big Sky record book. She is currently second all-time in league history with 5,240 assists. The No. 1 spot, which will likely never be touched, is held by former Hornet setter Maureen Rafferty, who had 6,510 assists from 1996-99. Kurtz's 1,354 assists are 98 more than any other player in the nation.
• Last week, senior outside hitter Shannon Boyle (1,043 kills, 1,014 digs) became the 12th Hornet in the last 30 years to reach the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs milestone. The last Sacramento State player to accomplish the feat had been outside hitter Janelle Currey in 2012.
Ruben Volta has used the same starters in every match: Boyle and Nocetti at outside hitter, Brown and Gathright in the middle, Kurtz at setter, Davis on the right side and Murdock at libero.
• Sacramento State has now won nine regular season championships (1997-01, 2005-07, 2017) since joining the Big Sky in 1996.
• The Hornets are 8-3 when playing on an opponent's home floor. The only losses have come to St. John's, Boise State and Northern Arizona. That included an 18-16 loss in the fifth set to Boise State, and 16-14 loss to Northern Arizona. The St. John's loss came in four highly contested sets.