SARAH DAVIS NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SARAH DAVIS NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO -- Outside hitter Sarah Davis has been named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after helping lead Sacramento State to a 1-1 record, which included a five-set home win over Northern Arizona and five-set home loss to Southern Utah.

Davis, the team's lone senior, finished with a massive 59 kills over two matches and an average of 5.90 kills per set. Despite taking 164 combined swings, she hit a very respectable .250 while also registering averages of 0.50 aces, 1.80 digs and a whopping 6.55 points per set.

The award for Davis is the first of her career, and marks the second time in three weeks a Sacramento State player has been honored. On Sept. 23, libero Michelle Taynton was named the league's defensive player of the week.

Davis, a team co-captain, has set a new career high in kills in three straight matches, punctuated by 31 in the win over Northern Arizona on Saturday. In that 3-2 win over NAU (18-16 in the 5th), Davis had 31 kills, a .267 hitting percentage, four aces, two blocks and 12 digs. That included six kills in the fifth set, one of which saved a match point at 14-15, and her final two kills accounted for the last two points after the match had been tied at 16-16. The 31 kills are also tied for the 10th best mark in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.).

Despite the five-set loss to Southern Utah, Davis was incredible, finishing with 28 kills, an ace and six digs. She continues to lead the Big Sky with an average of 4.13 kills per set, and is averaging a robust 5.00 kills per set in league play. Over her last three contests, Davis has combined for 83 kills and an average of 5.53 per set.

Sacramento State (7-10, 2-2) returns to action later this week for a pair of road games on Thursday at Idaho State and Saturday at Weber State.