VOLLEYBALL MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE AFTER SWEEP OF WEBER STATE

VOLLEYBALL MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE AFTER SWEEP OF WEBER STATE

Big Sky Conference standings

SACRAMENTO -- 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.

In what turned out to be an incredible week, Sacramento State swept the two teams in the Big Sky that began the week in first place. That included Thursday night's win over Idaho State and tonight's victory against Weber State. Both ISU and WSU entered the week with 5-1 league records.

Sacramento State (11-11, 6-2) now finds itself in a four-way tie for first place in the conference standings with Idaho, Weber State and Idaho State. The Hornets were victorious in the first two of a season-high tying four-match homestead, and have won 28 consecutive regular season matches at home against Big Sky opposition. That streak dates all the way back to the beginning of the 2015 season.

Overall, the Hornets have won three straight, and six of the last seven. Sacramento State has not dropped a set in its last three matches.

With the loss, Weber State, which had won five straight, dropped to 11-6 overall and 6-2 in the Big Sky. The Hornets have won each of the last seven meetings between the two teams, and moved their record at home against Weber State to 21-3.

Sacramento State had a statistical edge over Weber State in kills (44-31), hitting percentage (.217-.115), assists (41-29), aces (6-3), digs (59-55) and team blocks (10.0-5.0). The Wildcats hit .189 in the first set, followed by .132 in the second, and .026 in the third.

"To be honest, this is one of those matches I was happy with everything we did tonight," Sacramento State head coach Ruben Volta said. "We defended well, blocked well, attacked, Ashtin (Olin) moved the ball around, and both our outside hitters did a great job. All facets of the game were going well tonight.

"We had a preseason where we dealt with a lot of injuries, but we are starting to get healthy and beating two very good teams this week is a great way to build momentum."

Nocetti's 18 kills came along with 13 digs and a .292 hitting percentage. The senior outside hitter had kills to finish all three sets, including a huge kill at 24-23 of the first. Nine of those 18 kills came in a third set where she had 20 attacks and hit .300 in the frame.

Fellow outside hitter Sarah Davis also posted a double-double, finishing with 12 kills and 11 digs. Four different Hornets had at least three blocks, including setter Ashtin Olin who had 37 assists and five blocks. Three of those blocks for Olin came during a 6-0 run late in the third set that erased a 19-18 deficit.

Brie Gathright had three kills, three aces, four digs and five blocks, Lana Brown had three kills and four blocks, and Cianna Andrews posted six kills and three blocks. Libero Paige Swinney led everybody with 16 digs and Skyler Takeda had nine digs to go along with an ace. One of the nation's best servers, Takeda now has at least one ace in eight straight matches.

Sacramento State continues its four-match homestead next week with games against Montana State on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Saturday vs. Montana at 1 p.m. The Hornets defeated Montana State earlier this year in Bozeman, and lost in five sets to Montana in Missoula.