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SACRAMENTO — Sacramento State released its 2019 indoor schedule today, which includes 31 regular season matches - 12 at home, 13 on the road and six on neutral floors. But perhaps the biggest portion of the schedule will occur during the Thanksgiving break when the Hornets host the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
Sacramento State will host the Big Sky Tournament (Nov. 28-30) for the second time in three years. In 2017, the team hosted the postseason event by virtue of winning the league's regular season title. That marked the final year of the regular season winner hosting the event. Beginning last season, Big Sky institutions went through a bid process and Northern Colorado was awarded the event in 2018, the Hornets in 2019, and Montana State in 2020.
Sacramento State is coming off a season in which the team went 16-16 overall and 11-6 in the Big Sky. Over the last four seasons, the Hornets have a combined overall record of 88-45, a 51-14 mark in league play, and a 31-1 record in Big Sky regular season home contests.
The Hornets play just three non-conference matches at home, and each of those will come at the season-opening Sacramento State Invitational (Aug. 30-31) when the team welcomes Nevada, CSU Bakersfield and Canisius to the Nest. The Hornets open the two-day event by hosting Canisius at noon and CSU Bakersfield at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, followed by a matchup vs. Nevada the next day at 1:30 p.m.
Sacramento State will then spend the entire month of September without a home match - a span of 12 consecutive contests away from the Nest. That includes a rivalry matchup at UC Davis (Sept. 3), a three-day tournament in Honolulu (Sept. 5-7), a two-day tournament in Chicago (Sept. 13-14), a three-day tournament in Tucson (Sept. 20-21), and the first two matches of Big Sky play on Sept 26 at Eastern Washington and Sept. 28 at Idaho.
In Hawaii, the Hornets will take on Denver, Army and host Hawai'i, and will face Murray State, Bradley and UIC in Chicago. The team will take on Arizona, New Mexico State and Alabama State at the tournament in Tucson.
The Hornets will finally be back in the Nest for their Big Sky home opener against Southern Utah on Oct. 3. That begins a stretch that will see the team play seven of 10 matches at home. The stretch also includes home dates against Northern Arizona (Oct. 5), Portland State (Oct. 15), Northern Colorado (Oct. 17), Montana (Oct. 24), Idaho (Oct. 31) and Eastern Washington (Nov. 2). Sandwiched in between those dates are road matchups at Idaho State on Oct. 10, Weber State on Oct. 12 and Montana State on Oct. 26.
Sacramento State will play a total of 18 conference matches, and conclude the year with four of six on the road. The last two home contests will take place on Nov. 14 vs. Weber State and Nov. 16 vs. Idaho State. The matchup with Idaho State will be Senior Night.
Sacramento State returns 10 players from a year ago, including four starters (setter Ashtin Olin, outside hitter Sarah Davis, rightside hitter Cianna Andrews and libero Paige Swinney.
NOTES -- Sacramento State's annual Alumni Game will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. inside the Nest…three Hornet seniors - Mikaela Nocetti, Brie Gathright and Skyler Takeda - are graduating from the University this week.