TAYNTON NAMED BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

TAYNTON NAMED BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State libero Michelle Taynton was named the Big Sky Conference's Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Hornets to a 2-1 record at last week's Wildcat Volleyball Classic in Tucson.

At the tournament, Sacramento State beat New Mexico State (3-2) and Alabama State (3-0) before losing in four sets to host Arizona. All three of the Hornets' opponents advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

Taynton, a junior, started all three matches at libero and finished the tournament with an average of 3.42 digs per set. She finished with five assists, an ace and 14 digs in the Hornets' win over New Mexico State, and followed up that effort with nine digs in the victory over Alabama State.

The Vacaville, Calif., native then posted 18 digs in just four sets against Arizona, which were seven more than any player from either team. Taynton led the Hornets in digs against both New Mexico State and Arizona.

In her first season with the indoor team at Sacramento State, Taynton spent the previous two years playing at Seattle U.

Sacramento State (5-8 overall) opens Big Sky Conference play this week on the road at Eastern Washington on Thursday at 6 p.m., and Idaho on Saturday at 1 p.m. This week will also wrap up a season-long 12-game road trip that stretches through the entire month of September.