VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY-SATURDAY; HOSTS THE SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL

VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY-SATURDAY; HOSTS THE SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL

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The Week Ahead

• The Hornets begin the 2019 season when they host the two-day, four-team Sacramento State Invitational on Aug. 30-31. Four games will be played Friday, and two more on Saturday inside the Nest.
• The four-team tournament field consists of Sacramento State, Canisius, CSU Bakersfield and Nevada. Each team will play twice on Friday, and once on Saturday.
• Games will be played at 10 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Sacramento State opens the season vs. Canisius on Friday at noon, followed by a 7:30 p.m. matchup vs. CSU Bakersfield. Saturday, the Hornets play Nevada at 1:30 p.m.
• Sacramento State is 54-18 all-time against the tournament field, including 36-12 vs. Nevada and 18-6 vs. CSU Bakersfield. The Hornets have never played Canisius, a school from Buffalo, N.Y.
• This is the first of two tournaments the Hornets will host this season, including the Big Sky Tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 28-30).
• A total of eight different players could make their Sacramento State debuts this week, including two redshirt freshman, one transfer and five true freshmen.

This Week's Multimedia Options

• Beginning with this week's tourney, free live video will be available for all Sacramento State home matches via Pluto.TV channel 533.
• Live stats will be made available for every game of the tournament.
• Multimedia options (video, live stats) can be accessed to the right of each match on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.
• There is a tournament home page that includes ticket information, tournament schedule and multimedia links located inside the volleyball page on hornetsports.com.

vs. This Week's Opponents

• In a series which dates back to 1976, Sacramento State owns a 36-12 all-time record against Nevada. The Hornets have won three of the last four meetings, including a four-set win over the Wolf Pack last season inside the Nest. In addition, the Hornets are 21-2 at home against vs. Nevada.
• In a series that dates back to 1983, the Hornets are 18-6 against CSU Bakersfield. The Hornets have four straight in the series, and have not lost to the Roadrunners since 2009. The two teams have played eight times in Sacramento with the Hornets winning six of those outcomes.
• The Hornets have never played Canisius, which is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Golden Griffins, who hail from Buffalo, N.Y., were picked to finish first in the MAAC preseason coaches poll.

Hornets Selected Third In Big Sky Preseason Coaches Poll

• Sacramento State was selected to finish third out of 11 teams in the Big Sky Conference's volleyball preseason coaches poll.
• The Hornets feature 10 returning players, including four starters from a year ago. Last season's team finished with a 16-16 overall record and an 11-6 mark in the Big Sky, which was good for a fifth place finish.
• Sacramento State was picked to finish third in the preseason poll for the third consecutive year after being picked fifth in 2016. Over the last four years, the Hornets have combined for an 88-45 overall record and a 51-14 league mark. That includes a Big Sky regular season championship in 2017.

Hornet Notables

• Among this year's returners are starters at outside hitter (senior Sarah Davis), rightside hitter (junior Cianna Andrews), setter (sophomore Ashtin Olin) and libero (junior Paige Swinney). Olin was a second team all-Big Sky selection as a redshirt freshman. Also returning are outside hitters Macey Hayden and Claudia Wilson, middle blocker Sarah Falk and defensive specialist Paige Calvin. In addition, setter McKenna Smith and outside hitter Kayla Subbert both redshirted last season, and will make their Hornet debuts this year.
• The Hornets welcome six new players to the roster, five of which are true freshmen. The team's roster features 16 players, comprised of one senior, four juniors, four sophomores and seven freshmen (five true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen). The roster breaks down to seven players that could see time at outside hitter, four middle blockers, two setters and four defensive specialists.
• Sacramento State's coaching staff remains the same in 2019, featuring head coach Ruben Volta and assistant coaches Sarah Chlebana and Ed Jackson. All three played for, and graduated, from Sacramento State. Both Volta and Jackson are members of the Sacramento State Men's Volleyball Hall of Fame while Chlebana was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection. Lana Brown will serve as the student assistant coach after wrapping up her playing career in 2018.
• The program recorded its 1,000th win last season. Since volleyball became a sport at Sacramento State, the program has compiled a 1,009-465 overall record (.685 winning percentage). That also includes two national championships and 19 conference titles.
• 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. The Hornets will play every team in the conference twice except for Montana (home) and Montana State (away).
• Senior Sarah Davis and junior Paige Swinney are this year's team captains.
• When the Hornets host the Big Sky Tournament in November, it will mark the second time in three years the team has hosted the postseason event. That includes the 2017 season when the team won the Big Sky's regular season championship.
• This year will mark the 16th time in 17 seasons the Hornets will host the Sacramento State Invitational. An event that began in 2003, the only time the tournament wasn't played since then was the 2017 season.