VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE TO UTAH VALLEY
Senior outside hitter Janelle Currey led the Hornets in kills (8) and hitting percentage (.250)
FRESNO, Calif. -- Sacramento State was limited to a season-low .079 hitting percentage as Utah Valley swept past the Hornets, 25-13, 25-14, 25-22, in the second round of the Fresno State Volleyball Classic Saturday morning at the Save Mart Center.
In a match that began at 10 a.m., Sacramento State was playing less than 12 hours after last night’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Fresno State. Perhaps that led to the Hornets’ sluggish play as the team posted season lows in hitting percentage, kills (29), assists (28), aces (1), digs (31) and team blocks (4.0).
With the loss, the Hornets (4-4 overall) dropped to 1-1 at the two-day tournament, and will wrap up tourney play this evening against UC Davis at 5 p.m. The rivalry match against the Aggies is always one of the biggest of the season, and will count towards the Causeway Cup, the annual all-sports competition between the two schools.
With the victory, Utah Valley, which lost in five sets to UC Davis last night, improved to 3-4 with the victory.
After the Wolverines won the first and second sets handily, Sacramento State took a 21-19 lead in the third frame after a kill from middle blocker Ashley Newcomb. However, Utah Valley would finish the set on a 6-1 run and complete the victory.
For the first time all season, no Sacramento State player finished with double figures in kills, as outside hitter Janelle Currey posted a team-high eight. Outside hitter Jessie Genger was limited to a season-low five kills, and both Newcomb and rightside hitter Kayla Beal had four kills. Libero Sydney Kordic had 13 digs.
For Utah Valley, Katie Fritzler led all players with 10 kills while also posting a .444 hitting percentage (10-2-18), and Brookelyn Hall had four kills and a .667 hitting percentage.