SACRAMENTO -- On a night when senior Sarah Davis registered her 1,000th career kill, Sacramento State overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat Idaho, 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-13, 25-19, 15-11), on Thursday evening at the Nest.
Davis, who is third in the nation with 438 kills this season, achieved the 1,000 kill milestone towards the end of the second set. She helped spark a gutsy comeback, and allowed the Hornets (12-12, 7-4) to move into a four-way tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference standings with Weber State, Northern Arizona and Idaho. Northern Colorado remains in first at 10-1.
Davis finished with 22 kills, four aces, nine digs and three blocks. She had four of those 22 kills in a fifth set that saw the Hornets go on a 9-3 run midway through the frame and eventually win, 15-11.
With the loss, the Vandals, who had won three of four, dropped 11-12 overall and 7-4 in league play. Sacramento State was able to avenge a five-set loss to Idaho earlier this season in Moscow, and snapped a three-match losing streak to the Vandals dating back to last season.
Sacramento State played in its 10th five setter of the year, and seventh against a Big Sky opponent. The Hornets are 7-3 in five setters overall and 4-3 against league opposition.
Sacramento State finished the match hitting .268 compared to Idaho's .212 mark. The Hornets hit .400, .367 and .375, respectively, during the final three sets. The Hornets also had advantages over the Vandals in kills (63-59), assists (60-52), aces (11-6), digs (70-61) and team blocks (12.0-10.0). The 11 aces were the second most of the season for Sacramento State.
Joining Davis in double-figure kills for the Hornets was middle blocker Cianna Andrews who was incredible all evening. The junior had 14 kills, a career-high tying seven blocks and career-best .591 hitting percentage. She had just one error in 22 attacks, and had three of her 14 kills in the fifth.
Macey Hayden had nine kills and 19 digs, Michelle Taynton 17 digs, and setter Ashtin Olin provided 55 assists, three aces, nine digs and a pair of blocks. True freshman Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin posted seven kills and six blocks, and Sarah Falk added four kills and a block.
For Idaho, Kennedy Warren had a huge match, finishing with 25 kills and a .488 hitting percentage. She accounted for six of Idaho's eight kills during the fifth set.
Sacramento State returns to action for a Saturday matinée vs. Eastern Washington at 1 p.m. The Hornets defeated the Eagles earlier this season in Cheney in four sets. Saturday is Kids Day where kids 12 and under will be admitted free, and Hornets players will sign autographs after the match.
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