VOLLEYBALL RETURNS HOME, BUT FALLS IN FIVE TO IDAHO STATE
Rightside hitter Kayla Beal had 15 kills and two blocks, but it was not enough in tonight's loss
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State was limited to just four kills and a .000 hitting percentage in the fifth and final set as Idaho State defeated the Hornets, 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-9), in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Friday evening at Colberg Court.
The Hornets (5-11, 1-6) recently completed a two-week, four-match road trip, and returned home to face a Bengal squad that has now won 11 of its last 12 matches. Two weeks after dropping a five-set match at home to first-place Portland State, Sacramento State fell in five to the second-place team as ISU improved to 13-4 and 7-1 in the conference.
The Hornets have dropped six straight matches, and will look to get back on the winning track when they host Weber State tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.
After Sacramento State and Idaho State split the first four sets, the Hornets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fifth and decisive frame. However, that marked the Hornets’ only lead as ISU went on a 10-4 run to take a commanding 10-5 lead. Sacramento State got no closer than within four points of the Bengal lead the rest of the way. Idaho State hit .300 (9-3-20) in the fifth set while the Hornets had four kills and four errors in 16 attacks. No Sacramento State player had more than one kill in the fifth frame while Tressa Lyman (3), Breanne Van Every (3) and Alydia Fields (2) combined for eight of ISU’s nine kills in the set.
Overall, the Bengals held healthy advantages over the Hornets in kills (64-52), hitting percentage (.202-.149), assists (61-48) and digs (81-61). Sacramento State did have 15.0 team blocks, but were limited to zero stuffs in the fifth set.
For Sacramento State, rightside hitter Kayla Beal had a team-high 15 kills while freshman outside hitter Sloan Lovett added 12 kills. Middle blocker Olivia Moss had seven kills, six blocks and a team-best .438 hitting percentage, and middle blocker Ashley Newcomb posted nine blocks. Newcomb has now combined for 20 blocks over the last two matches, raising her season average to 1.27 blocks per set.
Three Hornets had double figures in digs, comprised of libero Sydney Kordic (17), outside hitter Janelle Currey (15) and defensive specialist Katelyn Ivy (season-best 13). Ivy also added a match-high tying three aces.
Idaho State’s Van Every (16), Lyman (16), Fields (13) and Jaclyn Hone (13) combined for 58 of the Bengals’ 64 kills. ISU used eight players in the match, and Hone (13 kills, 10 digs, 8 blocks) fell just two blocks shy of a triple-double.