MOSCOW, Idaho — Sacramento State won two of the first three sets, and had a 22-21 lead in the fourth, but Idaho stormed back and eventually beat the Hornets, 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-5), on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym.
The Hornets were three points away from victory after an Idaho attack error gave Sacramento State a 22-21 lead in the fourth set. However, the Vandals closed on a 4-0 run to force a fifth frame. Then, Idaho opened the fifth on a 6-0 spurt, extending their run to 10-0 over parts of both the fourth and fifth sets.
Sacramento State would get no closer than within four points of Idaho's fifth set lead, and the Vandals claimed victory.
The loss concluded a month-long 12-game road trip for the Hornets, and dropped the team to 6-9 overall and 1-1 in the Big Sky Conference. Idaho improved to 6-8 and 2-0 in league. The Vandals were the only team in the Big Sky to sweep the season series over the Hornets a year ago, and have now won three straight against Sacramento State.
The Vandals had seven less kills than the Hornets (63-56), but finished with 13.0 team blocks to the Hornets' 6.0. Idaho also won 10 straight huge points between the fourth and fifth sets.
For Sacramento State, which finished with a season-high 92 digs, Sarah Davis posted a career-high 24 kills to go along with 15 digs. Fellow outside hitter Macey Hayden had seven kills and a career-best 24 digs. Middle blocker Cianna Andrews had 10 kills and four blocks (three solos), and rightside hitter Kayla Subbert posted 11 kills and a .346 hitting percentage.
Setter Ashtin Olin had a stat sheet stuffing line of four kills, .333 hitting percentage, 53 assists, two aces and 15 digs. Libero Michelle Taynton led the way with a season-best 22 digs, and Paige Swinney finished with nine digs. Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin came off the bench to record five kills, two blocks and a .333 hitting percentage.
Sacramento State will now play seven of its next 10 matches at home, beginning next week inside the Nest on Thursday vs. Southern Utah (7 p.m.) and Saturday against Northern Arizona (1 p.m.).
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