POCATELLO, Idaho — Sacramento State's defense had a whopping 116 digs, and the Hornets overcame a 2-1 deficit to earn a 3-2 road win at Idaho State (25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11) on Thursday evening at Reed Gym.
Playing their fourth consecutive five-set match, the Hornets improved to 8-10 overall and 3-2 in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State also improved to 5-2 in five-set matches this season, including 2-2 during their stretch of four straight five-setters. The Hornets are now 34-15 all-time against Idaho State, including 15-9 when playing on ISU's home floor.
The Bengals dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-4 in league. Sacramento State was also able to avenge its four-set loss to Idaho State in the Big Sky Tournament a year ago.
Sacramento State 's 116 digs easily eclipsed the team's previous season best of 92, set at Idaho on Sept. 28. Five Hornets had double figures in digs, comprised of Michelle Taynton (career-best 31), Macey Hayden (career-high tying 24), Sarah Davis (season-high 17), Ashtin Olin (16) and McKenna Smith (12).
In the fifth set, the two teams were tied at 10-10 before the Hornets closed on a 5-1 run to take the frame and the match. During the run, the Hornets got kills from Davis, Cianna Andrews and Kayla Subbert, as well as combo blocks from Olin/Andrews, and Davis/Andrews. Idaho State was limited to just three kills with four errors in 29 attacks during that fifth set.
Sacramento State finished the match with statistical advantages over Idaho State in kills (72-53), hitting percentage (.190-.173), assists (68-49), aces (6-5), digs (116-96) and team blocks (8.0-4.0).
Taynton's 31 digs surpassed her previous high of 26, and she now has at least 17 digs in six straight matches. The transfer from Seattle U had nine digs in the second set and 10 in the fourth set. Davis continued her barrage on the Big Sky with her fourth straight match with at least 24 kills as the senior outside hitter finished with 26 kills, 17 digs, three aces and a season-high tying four blocks. The reigning Big Sky Player of the Week continues to easily lead the Big Sky with 4.20 kills per set.
Hayden registered her fourth double-double of the season with 15 kills and career-high tying 24 digs. Andrews had 13 kills and five blocks, and extended her career high streak of five consecutive matches with double figures in kills. Subbert registered a new career high with 12 kills while also adding a .321 hitting percentage.
Middle blocker Sarah Falk had four kills, two blocks and a .375 hitting percentage, Olin had 63 assists (two shy of a career best), 16 digs and a pair of blocks, and Paige Calvin had seven digs. Paige Swinney did not play tonight because of the flu.
Sacramento State, which has won two straight and five of its last eight, returns to action on Saturday when it plays at Weber State at 11 a.m. PDT.
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