VOLLEYBALL BACK ON THE WINNING TRACK, DEFEATS WEBER STATE IN FOUR SETS
Middle blocker Olivia Moss had 13 blocks, tied for the third best mark in school single-match history
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Middle blocker Olivia Moss had a career-best 13 blocks, and rightside hitter Kayla Beal added 13 kills and a career-high 10 blocks to lead Sacramento State to a 3-1 victory (25-20, 25-15, 24-26, 25-19) over Weber State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball matchup Saturday evening at Colberg Court.
Moss and Beal led a Sacramento State defensive effort that posted 21.0 team blocks, tied for the seventh best mark in school single-match history. The Hornets entered the match as the nation’s fifth best blocking team, and that ranking will likely rise after tonight’s performance.
The Wildcats finished with a .045 hitting percentage which was the lowest by a Hornet opponent this season. Moss’ 13 blocks tied for the third most in school history and were the largest amount since Lindsay Haupt posted 13 on Sept. 8, 2007. The 13 kills and 10 blocks marked the first double-double in Beal’s career.
With the victory, Sacramento State (6-11, 2-6) got a sorely needed win and snapped a six-match losing streak in the process. The Hornets also improved to 4-3 at home as the team gets set to embark upon a season-long five-match road trip. With the loss, Weber State fell to 7-12 and 1-7 in the conference. The Hornets now own a 28-8 record in the all-time series between the two teams.
The Wildcats were limited to hitting percentages of .000, -.054 and .100 in sets one, two and four, respectively. In fact, WSU had a negative hitting percentage through the first two sets before rallying to win the third frame. Weber State finished with just 38 kills compared to Sacramento State’s 50 kills.
The Hornets got nice contributions from all 10 players that appeared in the match. Moss’ 13 blocks accompanied five kills and a match-high .333 hitting percentage. Beal’s 13 kills were a team best and freshman Sloan Lovett joined her in double figures with 12 kills and four blocks. Five different Sacramento State players had at least three blocks, including middle blocker Ashley Newcomb (6) and rightside hitter Kiley Mansfield (3).
Outside hitter Janelle Currey added nine kills, two aces and 10 digs, libero Sydney Kordic led all players with 22 digs, and Katelyn Ivy, Hannah Hettinga and Katie Aprile each had seven digs. Kordic added two aces to increase her season total to a team-best 29 this season.
Weber State’s Rebecca Fuchs had 14 kills, and was the only Wildcats with more than seven kills in the match.
Sacramento State begins its five-match road trip with matches next week against Montana (Oct. 12) and Montana State (Oct. 13).