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SIX MATCHES REMAIN IN THE REGULAR SEASON, VOLLEYBALL ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK

SIX MATCHES REMAIN IN THE REGULAR SEASON, VOLLEYBALL ON THE ROAD THIS WEEK

Full set of game notes (pdf)
Big Sky standings

The Week Ahead

• With just six matches remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State (12-13, 7-5) will play twice on the road this week, including a matchup Thursday at Northern Arizona (14-10, 7-5) at 5:30 p.m. PST, and Saturday at Southern Utah (12-12, 5-7) at noon PST.
• Of the Hornets' final six matches, four will come on the road. Currently, the Hornets are in a tie for fourth place in the Big Sky standings with Northern Arizona. Northern Colorado sits in first with an 11-1 record, followed by Weber State (9-4) and Idaho (8-4). Montana State is sixth with a 6-6 record, and Southern Utah and Portland State are tied for seventh at 5-7. The top eight teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, which will be played Nov. 28-30 in the Nest.
• Sacramento State is 3-6 on the road this year, but 3-2 when playing conference teams. That includes a four-set win at Eastern Washington and 3-2 victories at Idaho State and Weber State. Each of the last four Hornet road matches against a conference foe have lasted five sets.
• Of the Hornets' 12 Big Sky matches, an amazing eight have gone to a fifth set. Sacramento State is 4-4 in those outcomes.
• Last week, Sacramento State played in a pair of five setters at home, beating Idaho on Thursday (15-11 in the 5th), but falling to Eastern Washington on Saturday (15-12 in the 5th).
• As a team, the Hornets rank among the top 25 teams in the nation in attacks (10th with 3,823), digs (16th with 1,657), kills (17th with 1,304) and assists (22nd with 1,196). Leading the way is senior Sarah Davis who is third in the nation with 454 kills, and first in the Big Sky with 4.32 kills per set. She reached the 1,000 kill milestone last Thursday in the win over Idaho.

This Week's Multimedia Options

• Video will be offered for every match the remainder of the regular season as all conference matches are aired live and free via Pluto.TV. That includes this week's games at Northern Arizona (channel 539) and Southern Utah (channel 536).
• Live stats are available for every match home and away.
• All multimedia options (video, live stats) can always be accessed to the right of each match on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

vs. This Week's Opponents

• Northern Arizona, which has dealt with injuries to starters this year, will bring a 14-10 overall record and 7-5 mark in Thursday's match. The Lumberjacks are the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champions, and were picked first in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll. NAU is 7-1 at home, including 4-1 against Big Sky opposition. It was NAU that dealt Northern Colorado its lone conference loss in a three-set sweep of the Bears on Oct. 24.
• Southern Utah is 12-12 and 5-7 in league play, and will host Portland State on Thursday. The Thunderbirds snapped a five-match losing streak on Saturday after beating Idaho State in five sets. Southern Utah is 5-3 at home, including 3-2 vs. Big Sky opposition. The T-Birds just finished a stretch that saw them play three straight, and five of the last six matches on the road.
• Sacramento State is 37-19 all-time against Northern Arizona, including a 3-2 win (18-16 in the 5th) on Oct. 5 at the Nest. In that win, the Hornets saved a pair of match points before winning. The Hornets and Lumberjacks are locked in a series that has seen the home team win each of the last 18 matches. In fact, the Hornets have won eight straight home games against NAU, while the Lumberjacks have won 10 straight home meetings against Sacramento State. The last Hornet win in Flagstaff came in four sets on Oct. 22, 2009.

Hornet Notables

• Sacramento State has already played in 11 five-set matches this season, one shy of the school record of 12, set in 2009. The 2017, 2010 and 1991 teams also played in 11 five setters. Sacramento State is 7-4 in five setters this season, and 4-4 against Big Sky foes. Amazingly, eight of the Hornets' 12 conference matches have lasted five sets, including each of the last three.
• Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis, who easily leads the Big Sky with 4.32 kills per set, ranks among the top three players in the nation in four different categories. The team co-captain is first in the country with 1,412 attacks, second in total points (515) and attacks per set (13.45), and third in total kills (454). She has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 19 straight, and 23 of the 25 matches this season. In addition, she reached the 1,000 career kills milestone last week. Davis also leads the Big Sky with 4.80 kills per set in conference matches. If the season ended today, her 4.32 kills per set  overall average would rank as the sixth best mark in program single-season history.
• Middle blocker Cianna Andrews has been on fire over the last four matches, combining to hit .460 with averages of 2.63 kills, 1.47 blocks and 3.58 points per set. Andrews has been locked in throughout conference play, as her .350 hitting percentage and 1.22 blocks per set both rank second in the Big Sky. She set her single-match career high with a .591 hitting percentage vs. Idaho on Thursday, and then re-set her career best with a .600 hit% on Saturday vs. Eastern Washington. Overall, Andrews has recorded double-figure kills in four straight, and 10 of the last 12 matches.
• Sophomore setter Ashtin Olin ranks among the top five players in the league in two categories in league play. She is third with 10.69 assists per set and fifth with 0.40 aces per set. Olin has posted more than 40 assists in 10 of the last 12 matches.
• Outside hitters Sarah Davis and Macey Hayden, and middle blocker Cianna Andrews are the only Hornets to start all 25 matches this season.
• True freshman middle blocker Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin has played all five sets of the last two matches, including a start on Saturday vs. Eastern Washington. During those two matches, she combined for 12 kills and 12 blocks. That included six blocks vs. both Idaho and Eastern Washington.
• Outside hitter Macey Hayden had gone 20 consecutive matches with at least seven kills, but saw that streak come to an end vs. Eastern Washington. Hayden has posted seven double-doubles (kills, digs) this year, and her kills (2.22) and digs (2.84) per set are both the third best marks on the team.
• Libero Michelle Taynton has at least 17 digs in 10 of the last 12 matches, and 20+ digs five times over that span. That includes 26 in the win vs. Northern Arizona. She ranks ninth in the Big Sky with 4.20 digs per set in conference play.
Ruben Volta is just seven wins shy of recording his 200th career win as head coach.
• Middle blocker Sarah Falk, who is hitting .315 in conference play, had gone 11 straight matches with one attack error or less until that streak ended last Thursday vs. Idaho.