SACRAMENTO -- 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.
Making the victories even sweeter is they came against the two teams that began the week in first place in the Big Sky. In addition, the two wins vaulted the Hornets (11-11, 6-2) into a tie for first place in the conference standings.
Despite both wins lasting just three sets, Nocetti had at least 18 kills in each match while averaging a massive 6.50 kills per set. She also averaged 3.17 digs and 6.75 points per set while hitting .290. That included 39 kills with just 10 errors in 100 swings.
The award is the second of Nocetti's three-year career with the Hornets, and marks the second time in three weeks a Sacramento State players has earned the honor. Freshman setter Ashtin Olin was named the conference's offensive player of the week on Oct. 1.
In the Hornets' sweep of Idaho State on Thursday, Nocetti had 21 kills (two shy of her career high) to go along with an ace, six digs and a .288 hitting percentage. The 21 kills were 10 more than any other player on the floor, and she provided the kill at 24-22 of the third set that sealed the win.
In Saturday's sweep of Weber State, Nocetti provided the set-clinching kill in all three frames, which included a kill at 24-23 of the first. The Carmichael, Calif., native finished with 18 kills, 13 digs, one block and a .292 hitting percentage. Of her 18 kills, nine came in the third set. The 18 kills were also six more than any other player from either team.
A first team all-Big Sky selection a year ago, the team co-captain now leads the conference with 4.01 kills per set. She also averages 2.45 digs and 0.34 aces per set. The aces are the sixth best mark in the league. She has recorded double figures in kills in 10 straight matches and 19 times overall this season to go along with 10 double-doubles.
Sacramento State wraps up a season-high tying four-game homestand this week, which includes a matchup on Thursday vs. Montana State at 7 p.m., and Saturday vs. Montana at 1 p.m. Thursday is Breat Cancer Awareness, and fans are encouraged to wear pink.