Volleyball’s freshman setter Ashtin Olin has been named the Sacramento State Female Newcomer of the Year. An all-conference selection, Olin became just the third freshman in program history to be named all-Big Sky.
Sacramento State 12th-year head coach Ruben Volta announced the signing of Clackamas High School middle blocker Kalani Hayes to a National Letter of Intent, and she will enroll at the University as a freshman in the fall.
Highlighted by senior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti being named to the first team for the second straight season, Sacramento State was represented on this year’s Big Sky all-conference team by three players. That also included senior middle blocker Lana Brown and freshman setter Ashtin Olin named second team all-league.
For the 18th time since joining the Big Sky in 1996, Sacramento State (16-15, 11-6) will play in the Big Sky Tournament. One season after hosting the eight-team postseason event and advancing to the championship match, the Hornets will travel to Greeley, Colo., for this year’s tournament.
Though the Hornets did not play today after Northern Colorado elected not to travel to Sacramento citing poor air quality, the Hornets found out their opponent, and what time they will play at next week’s Big Sky Tournament in Greeley, Colo.
Sacramento State had 10 aces, and limited Portland State to an .083 hitting percentage as the Hornets posted a three-set road sweep (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) of the Vikings on Tuesday evening at Viking Pavilion.
With just two weeks and four matches remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State (15-13, 10-4) will play twice this week on the road. The Hornets will play at Weber State (14-9, 9-5) on Thursday, and Idaho State (15-12, 9-5) on Saturday. Both will start at 6 p.m. PST.
In a battle of two of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference, Idaho overcame a 2-0deficit and stormed back to beat Sacramento State in five sets (21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-6), on Saturday evening inside the Nest.
Sacramento State hit .330, its second highest hitting percentage of the season, while limiting Eastern Washington to a .029 mark on the way to a three-set sweep of the Eagles (25-22, 25-8, 25-18) on Thursday evening inside the Nest.
Winners of six of the last seven, and currently sitting in a two-way tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference standings, Sacramento State (14-12, 9-3) will play a pair of home matches this week on Thursday vs. Eastern Washington (8-16, 0-12) and Saturday vs. Idaho (16-8, 10-2). Both at 7 p.m.
Sacramento State used a pair of comebacks in the first and second sets, and cruised in the third on the way to a three-set road sweep of Southern Utah (25-23, 25-20, 25-12) on Saturday afternoon at the America First Events Center.
Northern Arizona hit .313 while Sacramento State was limited to a .081 percentage as the Lumberjacks defeated the Hornets, 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-14), in a Big Sky Conference volleyball matchup Thursday evening at the Rolle Activity Center.
For the second consecutive week, senior Mikaela Nocetti was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. The outside hitter had another huge week while sparking the Hornets to a pair of three-set home sweeps of Montana State and Montana.
Senior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti had a match-high 18 kills, and four Hornet starters hit better than .350 on the way to a three-set sweep (26-24, 29-27, 25-17) of Montana on Saturday afternoon at the Nest.
Four Hornets hit at least .300, including Brie Gathright’s nine kills, five blocks and career-best .727 hitting percentage, as Sacramento State swept past Montana State (25-15, 25-22, 25-16) on Thursday evening at the Nest.
After putting together a big week and helping lead Sacramento State to a pair of three-set home sweeps of Idaho State and Weber State, senior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti’s was named the Big Sky Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Sacramento State received a match-high 18 kills from Mikaela Nocetti and statistically outplayed Weber State in every category on the way to a three-set sweep (25-23, 25-16, 25-21) of the Wildcats on Saturday evening inside the Nest.
Sacramento State had a season-best 13 aces and limited Eastern Washington to a .046 hitting percentage on the way to a three-set sweep (25-22, 25-14, 25-11) of the Eagles on Saturday evening at Reese Court.
Sacramento State allowed its largest hitting percentage of the season (.343) and posted a season low in team blocks (5.0) on the way to a 3-1 loss at Idaho (25-12, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17) on Thursday evening at Memorial Gym.