BOISE, Idaho — Despite a match-best 16 kills from outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti, Sacramento State fell to 13th-ranked Washington, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 28-26), in the second round of the Boise State Classic on Friday evening at Bronco Gym.
For the second time today, the Hornets were playing without a true setter as both setters on the roster are currently injured. Stepping in at setter was Paige Swinney who switched from libero to set in the back row while Sarah Davis, accustomed to playing outside hitter, set in the front row. Prior to today, Davis had never set in a match in her life while Swinney hadn't set in a match since the sixth grade.
Still, like they did in a loss to Portland earlier today, the Hornets had chances to take a set and get back into the match. This time, it was the third set against the nation's 13th-ranked team in Washington. In fact, Sacramento State had four set points in the third set, and, at one point, held a 24-21 advantage. However, the Hornets could not convert on any of those set points and the Huskies eventually won the frame, 28-26, and completed the three-set sweep.
With the loss, the Hornets dropped to 0-2 at the tournament and 5-8 overall this season. Washington improved to 8-2 with the victory. That includes a three-set sweep of CSUN earlier today.
The Huskies had 18 more kills than Sacramento State (42-24) and hit for a much higher percentage (.269-.051). Washington also finished with 10 aces, the most by a Hornet opponent this season. Sacramento State had five aces of its own, and finished with seven team blocks.
Nocetti accounted for all but eight of the Hornets' kills as the 16 were 11 more than any other Sacramento State player, and seven more than any Washington player. Rightside hitter Cianna Andrews had five kills and three blocks, middle Lana Brown had a match-high tying four blocks, Brie Gathright had three blocks, and true freshman Claudia Wilson had the first two kills of her collegiate career.
Skyler Takeda, who is now the team's libero after Swinney moved to setter, finished with a team-high 12 digs. Macey Hayden added eight digs. Swinney had 11 assists and six digs, and Davis finished with 10 assists. True freshman Paige Calvin got the first start of her collegiate career, and finished with three digs.