SACRAMENTO -- On Senior Night, the Hornets' lone senior, Sarah Davis, came up large with a match-high 17 kills and five aces to help spark Sacramento State to a three-set sweep (25-23, 25-21, 25-17) of Idaho State on Saturday evening inside the Nest. In addition, redshirt freshman Kayla Subbert posted career highs in kills (12), hitting percentage (.526) and blocks (7).
The match marked the final home game of the regular season, and the Hornets improved to 14-15 overall and 9-7 in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State, which moved into a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings, will play two more regular season matches. Those will come on the road next week at Portland State on Tuesday and conference leader Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Sacramento State, which has already clinched a berth into the Big Sky Tournament, will host the conference's three-day postseason event Nov. 28-30. The top eight teams in the 11-member league qualify for the tournament, and four quarterfinal matches will take place on Thanksgiving Day inside the Nest. Sacramento State will play that day at 7 p.m. regardless of seed. The winner of the tournament championship (played on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.) will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Idaho State dropped to 7-21 overall and 4-12 in the Big Sky. The Hornets swept the season series against the Bengals, which included a five-set win in Pocatello on Oct. 10. Idaho State had just defeated Portland State two nights ago on the road.
Sacramento State is now 35-15 all-time against Idaho State, and 19-5 when playing the Bengals at home. The two teams had split the last 10 matchups inside the Nest prior to this evening.
Davis, currently ranked third in the nation kills, had five more kills than any other player on the floor. Those 17 kills accompanied a .293 hitting percentage, five aces and four digs. Early in the first set, she connected on aces in four consecutive points to give the Hornets a 5-1 lead.
Subbert, the team's starting rightside hitter, set three career highs and the 12 kills came with just two errors in 19 total attacks. The seven blocks were a match high for the Hornets, eclipsing her previous career best of six.
Cianna Andrews had five kills and five blocks, setter Ashtin Olin had three kills, 39 assists, an ace and seven digs, and Michelle Taynton led all players with 18 digs. Perhaps the biggest play of the evening came from Olin, who used an over the shoulder no-look dump at 24-23 in the first set to give the Hornets the 25-23 win.
Sarah Falk had six kills, a .316 hitting percentage and three blocks. Claudia Wilson had four kills and two aces, Paige Swinney nine digs and Macey Hayden four digs.
Sacramento State's match at Portland State on Tuesday will begin at 7 p.m., and the matchup with Northern Colorado will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. PST.
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