TUCSON, Ariz. — Sacramento State went toe to toe on the home floor of Arizona of the Pac 12 Conference and nearly forced a fifth set before falling, 3-1 (28-30, 25-16, 25-12, 25-23), in the third and final round of the Wildcat Volleyball Classic.
Despite the loss, the Hornets posted the second best record at the two-day, four-team tournament as host Arizona was a perfect 3-0, followed by the Hornets (2-1), New Mexico State (1-2) and Alabama State (0-3). Sacramento State knocked off both New Mexico State and Alabama yesterday.
Today's loss dropped Sacramento State to 5-8 overall while Arizona improved to 10-2. All three opponents the Hornets faced at the tourney qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament.
Both outside hitter Sarah Davis and setter Ashtin Olin were named to the all-tournament team. Davis averaged 3.92 kills, 2.08 digs and 0.58 aces per set while Olin averaged 9.17 assists, 2.33 digs and 0.75 kills per set to go along with a .318 hitting percentage. Davis has now been named all-tournament in three of the four tourneys the Hornets have played.
In a back and forth first set, Sacramento State could not convert on four set points and Arizona failed to covert on its lone set point before the Hornets finally pulled out the win. With the score tied at 28-28, Olin had a kill and Arizona followed with an attack error to allow the Hornets to take a 1-0 lead.
Arizona won both the second and third sets with relative ease before both teams were locked in a tight fourth set. In fact, neither team led by more than four points the entire frame, and Sacramento State nearly climbed its way back from a 24-21 deficit. However, a kill from Arizona's Elizabeth Shelton at 24-23 put things away.
The Wildcats, who won 22 games a year ago, finished the match with 13 more kills (57-44) than Sacramento State while hitting .301. The Hornets hit .150, but had more aces (6-3) and team blocks (9.0-8.0) than Arizona.
Four Hornets had at least seven kills, led by Davis' team-high 16. The lone senior on this year's team and co-captain also had three aces and three blocks. Rightside hitter Kayla Subbert had seven kills and three blocks, middle blocker Cianna Andrews seven kills and two blocks, and outside hitter Macey Hayden posted seven kills, an ace and five digs.
Olin had four kills, a .333 hitting percentage, 37 assists, an ace, five digs and a pair of blocks. Middle blocker Sarah Falk posted three kills, a match-high tying five blocks and a .400 hitting percentage, and libero Michelle Taynton had 18 digs, seven more than any other player on the floor.
The Hornets' 12-game road trip, which takes place during the entire month of September, finally concludes next week. Sacramento State will open Big Sky Conference play at Eastern Washington on Thursday and Idaho on Saturday. Today's game against Arizona marked the last non-conference matchup of the season for Sacramento State.
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