SACRAMENTO -- Despite 16 kills and 15 digs from Sarah Davis, and 13 kills and nine blocks from Cianna Andrews, Sacramento State lost in five sets to Eastern Washington (17-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-22, 15-12), on Saturday afternoon inside the Nest.
The loss was shocking in that the Hornets entered the match in a tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference standings and Eastern Washington sat in a tie for last place. In addition, the Hornets had won six straight against Eastern Washington dating back to the 2015 season.
Sacramento State, which had won six of its last eight entering the day, dropped to 12-13 overall and 7-5 in league play. Of the Hornets' 25 matches this season, 11 have gone to five sets. Sacramento State is now 7-4 in five setters, and 4-4 against league opposition.
Eastern Washington has won three of its last six matches, including victories over Idaho State and Southern Utah. The Eagles improved to 5-19 overall and 3-9 in the Big Sky.
After the Hornets jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the fifth set, Eastern Washington responded with a 10-4 run to take control and an 11-6 lead. Sacramento State nearly stormed all the way back, cutting the deficit to 12-11. However, the Eagles got a kill from Paula Ana Zandona and two kills from Ehu Keala to put things away.
Sacramento State had 15.0 team blocks, its second most of the season, including a career-high nine from Andrews. The junior middle blocker had another big match, finishing with 13 kills and career highs in both blocks and hitting percentage (.600). She had just one error in 20 attacks, and accounted for three of the Hornets' nine kills in the fifth set.
Sacramento State hit .194 compared to .140 for the Eagles. Eastern Washington, however, had 12 aces and took advantage of 14 Sacramento State service errors. Two of those service errors came in the fifth set. Both teams had 50 kills, and the Eagles had five more digs (79-74).
Davis has now led or tied for the team lead in kills in 19 straight matches, as the Hornets' lone senior finished with 16 kills, 15 digs and a pair of aces. No other Hornet had more than five kills.
True freshman Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin had five kills and six blocks, and Sarah Falk and Kayla Subbert both had four kills. Setter Ashtin Olin had 30 assists, two aces, 13 digs and four blocks, and libero Michelle Taynton had a team-high 23 digs. Macey Hayden had seven digs. McKenna Smith also received time at setter, finishing with eight assists, a pair of digs and a block.
Four different Eagles had at least two kills in the fifth set, including Nicoletta Capizzi who had three kills in four swings. Capizzi finished with 10 kills, five blocks and a .400 hitting percentage.
Sacramento State returns to action next week for a pair of road games at Northern Arizona on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PST, and Saturday at Southern Utah at 12 p.m. PST. Sacramento State has two more regular season home matches (Nov. 14, Nov. 16) before hosting the Big Sky Tournament Nov. 28-30.
NOTES -- Today was Kids Day and Sacramento State players signed autographs after the match.
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