CHENEY, Wash. -- 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.
Four Hornets accounted for the 13 aces, comprised of Mikaela Nocetti (4), Brie Gathright (4), Ashtin Olin (3) and Skyler Takeda (2). Eastern Washington was limited to just 22 kills, easily the lowest amount allowed by Sacramento State this season. The Eagles had nearly as many errors (18) as kills in 87 attacks.
The victory allowed Sacramento State to improve to 9-11 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets, who have played four or their first six conference matches on the road, will now return home to play four straight against league opposition over the next two weeks. The Hornets were also able to secure their second road win of the season, including a four-set victory at Montana State two weeks ago.
Of the Hornets' nine wins, tonight marked just the second three-set sweep for Sacramento State. The other came against UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 1. The team also improved to 4-1 when winning the first set of a match this year.
Sacramento State has won four straight against Eastern Washington, and improved to 12-12 when playing the Eagles in Cheney. Overall, the Hornets are now 35-17 all-time against Eastern Washington.
The Eagles, who fell in five sets to Portland State on Thursday evening, dropped to 8-10 overall and 0-6 in the Big Sky. Eastern Washington's largest lead of the night was 7-5 in the first set.
For Sacramento State, Nocetti led all players with 11 kills to go along with eight digs, four aces and a pair of blocks. Fellow outside hitter Sarah Davis had eight kills and four digs, and middle blocker Lana Brown had seven kills, four blocks and a .462 hitting percentage. Olin added 31 assists, three aces, eight digs and three blocks.
Gathright posted four kills, four aces and a .500 hitting percentage, Cianna Andrews had four blocks and Takeda had a match-high 12 digs. Takeda played at libero tonight for Paige Swinney, who was given the night off for rest.
No Eastern Washington player had more than six kills.
Sacramento State opens its four-match homestand next week with matchups Thursday night against Idaho State and Saturday vs. Weber State. Each game will start at 7 p.m. Both Idaho State and Weber State currently sit atop the Big Sky standings with 5-1 league records.