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SACRAMENTO -- Outside hitter Sarah Davis (12 kills, 10 digs) and setter Ashtin Olin (31 assists, 11 digs) both posted double-doubles to lead Sacramento State to a 3-set sweep (25-11, 25-21, 25-17) of Canisius on Friday afternoon at Colberg Court.
The victory marked the 2019 season opener for the Hornets, and the second match of the two-day, four-team Sacramento State Invitational. In this morning's first match of the tournament, Nevada beat CSU Bakersfield in four sets. The Hornets will turn around and play later tonight against Bakersfield at 7:30 p.m., and conclude the tourney tomorrow vs. Nevada at 1:30 p.m.
In a match which lasted just an hour and 16 minutes, Sacramento State used lengthy runs of 12-0 in the first set, 9-1 in the second set, and 8-2 in the third frame. Olin, who finished with three aces, served out 11 points of the first set run and five points of the third set spurt.
The Hornets limited Canisius to a .068 hitting percentage as the Golden Griffins had just 26 kills with 19 errors in 103 attacks. Canisius, which hails from Buffalo, N.Y., and was picked to finish first in the MAAC preseason coaches poll, had 12 kills or less in all three sets. That includes just four kills in the first frame.
Sacramento State had advantages over Canisius in kills (45-26), hitting percentage (.217-.068), assists (40-25), digs (50-45), aces (7-1) and team blocks (7-5). Five different Hornets had at least one ace, led by Olin's three.
Davis, who is the Hornets' lone senior, hit .303 in the match, and started off strong with seven kills in the first set. Olin, a reigning second team all-conference selection, had 31 assists, 11 digs, three aces and three kills. Libero Paige Swinney had a team-high 13 digs to round out Sacramento State's threesome with double-figure digs. Swinney and Davis are this year's team co-captains.
Middle blocker Cianna Andrews had eight kills and five blocks and fellow middle Sarah Falk added five kills and a pair of blocks. Making her Sacramento State debut, redshirt freshman rightside hitter Kayla Subbert had five kills and three blocks. Macey Hayden had six kills and four digs, and fellow outside hitter Claudia Wilson had four kills, two digs and a .500 hitting percentage.
Subbert, redshirt freshman McKenna Smith, and true freshmen Karlee Soderberg and Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin all made their collegiate debuts today. Junior Michelle Taynton, a transfer from Seattle, also made her Sacramento State indoor debut.
For Canisius, Leah Simmons led the way with nine kills and a .474 hitting percentage.