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VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO WEBER STATE, BUT CLINCHES BERTH TO THE BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO WEBER STATE, BUT CLINCHES BERTH TO THE BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

SACRAMENTO -- Weber State hit .321 while limiting the Hornets to a .070 percentage on the way to a three-set sweep (25-7, 25-19, 25-23) of Sacramento State on Thursday evening inside the Nest.

Usually a good team at home, Sacramento State finished the match with just 30 kills, a .070 hitting percentage, 28 assists and 3.0 team blocks. In the process, the Hornets were swept at home by a Big Sky Conference opponent for the first time since Oct. 18, 2014 (Portland State).

One of the hottest running teams in the Big Sky, Weber State has now won eight of its last nine matches while improving to 19-7 overall and 10-5 in the Big Sky. The Wildcats, who sit in a tie for second place with Northern Arizona in the conference standings, also avenged a 3-2 loss earlier this season in Ogden to Sacramento State.

Although the Hornets lost tonight, they still clinched a spot in the Big Sky Tournament with three matches left in the regular season (one at home, two on the road). The Big Sky Tourney is a three-day event Sacramento State will host Nov. 28-30. The top eight teams in the 11-member league qualify for the postseason event, and four quarterfinal matches will take place on Thanksgiving Day inside the Nest, followed by semifinal matches on Friday evening, and the championship on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

The loss dropped the Hornets to 13-15 overall and 8-7 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State now finds itself in sixth place, but one game back of fourth and two games back of second.

Sacramento State's largest lead of the evening was 2-0 in the second set. The Hornets had the third set tied at 22-22, but Weber State closed on a 3-1 run to take the frame and the match.

Middle blocker Cianna Andrews led the Hornets with 11 kills and a .381 hitting percentage. Outside hitter Sarah Davis, who is third in the nation in total kills, was limited to one kill this evening. It snapped a streak of 21 straight matches with double figures in kills, and 21 consecutive matches she had tied or led the Hornets in kills.

Rightside hitter Kayla Subbert had seven kills, an ace and a .263 hitting percentage, and Ashtin Olin posted two kills, 22 assists, an ace and nine digs. Libero Michelle Taynton had a match-high tying 18 digs, with 11 of those coming in a very busy third set.

Besides Subbert and Andrews, no other Hornet posted more than three kills. Macey Hayden had six digs, Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin two blocks, and Davis posted five digs.

Three Weber State players had double figures in kills, comprised of Rylin Roberts (12), Megan Gneiting (11) and Dani Nay (10).

Sacramento State will play its final regular season home match on Saturday vs. Idaho State at 7 p.m. Prior to the match, the Hornets' lone senior, Davis, will be honored for her contributions to the program.