VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY WITH A 3-1 WIN AT EASTERN WASHINGTON

VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY WITH A 3-1 WIN AT EASTERN WASHINGTON

CHENEY, Wash. — Sacramento State's Cianna Andrews had 12 kills and a career-best .556 hitting percentage to help lead the Hornets to a 3-1 victory (25-14, 25-18, 21-25, 25-13) over Eastern Washington on Thursday evening at Reese Court.

Tonight marked the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams. The Hornets have now won three of their last four matches while improving to 6-8 overall and 1-0 in league play. The Eagles dropped to 2-11 overall and 0-1 in conference.

Sacramento State will attempt to begin the conference season with a 2-0 record when it concludes a 12-match road trip on Saturday at Idaho at 1 p.m. The Hornets have not played a home match during the entire month of September.

Andrews had 12 kills with just two errors in 18 attacks, and also added a pair or blocks. The 12 kills tied a match high with teammate Sarah Davis, and the hitting percentage eclipsed Andrews' previous career best of .500 set on two occasions.

Davis' 12 kills accompanied eight digs, an ace and two blocks, and she now has double figure kills in eight straight matches. Freshman rightside hitter Kayla Subbert posted a team-best 11 kills to go with two blocks and a .292 hitting percentage, and middle blocker Sarah Falk had a career-high eight kills, five blocks and a .500 hitting percentage.

Macey Hayden had seven kills and nine digs, libero Michelle Taynton led all players with 18 digs, Paige Swinney added 11 digs and McKenna Smith two aces.

Sacramento State had sizable advantages over the Eagles in kills (55-36), hitting percentage (.247-.067), digs (64-55) and team blocks (8.0-5.0).

Eastern Washington did not have a player finish with more than eight kills.