Hornets play at Portland State and Eastern Washington this week
A Look at This Week
Fresh off a pair of home victories last week over Montana State and
Weber State, the Sacramento State volleyball team enters the week with a
15-9 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the Big Sky Conference. Winners of
eight of their last 10 matches, the Hornets are currently all alone atop
the Big Sky standings, one game ahead of both Montana State and Cal State
Northridge, who both own 7-3 conference marks. As of right now, the Hornets
own the tie-breaker over both the Bobcats and the Matadors for first place
and the right to host the Big Sky Tournament Nov. 16-18.
This week, Sacramento State plays two road matches on back-to-back
nights against the Vikings of Portland State on Friday, Oct. 27, and the
Eagles of Eastern Washington on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Hornets have already
beaten both teams at home earlier in the year (3-1 over the Eagles on Sept.
28; 3-0 over the Vikings on Sept. 30). In fact, the Hornets have beaten
Portland State 14-consecutive times over the last 11 years.
Portland State, which hasn't played since Oct. 14, will enter
Friday's match with an 0-19 overall record and an 0-10 mark in the Big Sky.
The Vikings have won just three games in 19 matches this season and have
lost 41-consecutive matches over the last two seasons.
Coming off two non-conference victories over both Gonzaga and
Portland last week, Eastern Washington enters the week with an 11-8 overall
record and a 6-4 mark in the Big Sky. The Eagles, who are tied for fourth
in the conference standings, have won five-straight and have dropped just
one game over that span. The Hornets are 8-3 all-time against the Eagles,
but have lost on the road at Eastern Washington in each of the last two
2000 Big Sky Standings (as of Oct. 23)
Team Big Sky Overall
Sacramento State 8-2 15-9
Montana State 7-3 17-4
Cal State Northridge 7-3 13-5
Northern Arizona 6-4 11-5
Eastern Washington 6-4 11-8
Montana 5-5 13-10
Weber State 5-7 8-13
Idaho State 3-9 7-16
Portland State 0-10 0-19
A Look at the Coaches
For the 25th-straight season, Debby Colberg controls the Hornet
sidelines. During her tenure, Colberg has posted a 644-225 record (.741
winning percentage) and has led the team to 10 league titles and 19
postseason berths. Her 644 wins is ninth all-time among coaches with at
least five years of Div. I experience, one win ahead of UC Santa Barbara's
Kathy Gregory. She has also captured league coach of the year honors five
times and Region Coach of the Year honors on four occasions.
Colberg came to Sacramento State in 1976 and finished 9-8 in her
first season. She captured her first league title in 1978 when the team
posted a 12-2 mark in the Golden State Conference. After two third-place
finishes in the Div. II playoffs, Colberg guided the Hornets to the
championships game in 1989. That season she was named AVCA National Div. II
Coach of the Year.
In addition to leading the Hornets to three-consecutive NCAA
Tournament appearances over the last three years, she has also had the
added responsibility of serving as the school's athletic director.
Portland State's head coach, Chris Stanley, is currently 57-116 in
five years at the helm of the Vikings. In 15 years as a collegiate coach,
Stanley owns a 212-230 record.
Eastern Washington is led by first-year head coach Wade Benson, who
has posted an 11-8 record. Benson served as the team's associate head coach
A Look at Last Week
The Hornets went 2-0 last week including 3-0 home victories over
both Montana State and Weber State. The victory over the Bobcats was for
first place in the Big Sky standings as both teams entered the match with
6-2 conference marks.
Thursday, four Hornets recorded double-figures in kills led by
Sarah Chlebana's 20 as the team defeated Montana State, 15-10, 15-13, 15-5.
Jayme Wright (16), Tasman Dwyer (12) and Esther Rogers (11) rounded out the
foursome in double figures. The Bobcats hit just .143 in the match and the
Hornets hit .250 while also finishing with five service aces and 12.0 team
Saturday, the Hornets pushed their record at home against Big Sky
teams to 6-0 with a 15-7, 15-0, 17-15 victory over Weber State. Dwyer led
all players with 16 kills while Rogers tallied 11 kills and a .688 hitting
percentage. Weber hit just .118 in the match while the Hornets recorded a
.358 hitting percentage. In the second-game blanking, the Wildcats hit
-.111 while recording just four kills.
A Look at the Hornets
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
With last week's sweep of Montana State and Weber State, the
Hornets are currently 6-0 against Big Sky teams in Hornet Gym. In fact,
five of those six conference wins have been 3-0 sweeps (a 3-1 victory over
Eastern Washington on Sept. 28 marks the team's only non 3-0 win).
Sacramento State has now won each of its last 10 conference matches at home
and 25 of the last 26. The team's only setback during that stretch was a
3-2 loss to Montana on Oct. 14, 1999.
Overall, Sacramento State is 9-2 at home this year with the team's
only losses coming to No. 14 Pacific and No. 15 Santa Clara. Of the
Hornets' nine wins, the team has dropped just three games during that span
as seven of the nine victories have come by the score of 3-0.
ROGERS NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior outside hitter Esther Rogers was named Big Sky Conference
Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the Hornet volleyball team to
a 2-0 record last week. The Portland, Ore., native combined for 22 kills,
17 digs, 10 blocks and four assists while tallying a .526 hitting
percentage in the two matches. She committed just two errors in 38 total
attacks during the week while posting per game averages of 3.67 kills, 2.83
digs and 1.67 blocks.
In the Hornets' first-place showdown victory over Montana State
last Thursday, Rogers hit .409 while recording 11 kills, nine digs and a
match-high eight blocks. Two days later against Weber State, Rogers
collected eight digs and 11 kills without an error in 16 total attacks.
Rogers, who is currently ninth in the Big Sky with 3.35 digs per game, has
recorded double-figures in kills in four of her last five matches while
hitting .331 over that span.
CHLEBANA MAKING HER MARK IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior outside hitter Sarah Chlebana currently leads this year's
team in digs (297) and attacks (881) and is second in kills (268). In her
fourth season with the program, she has now cracked the top-10 in four
different categories in the Sacramento State career records book.
The fourth-year senior from Calgary, Alberta, is now sixth all-time
in kills (1,035) and attacks (2,990), eighth in digs (1,231) and 10th in
total blocks (264). A starter in all but one match this season, Chlebana is
currently tied for the team lead in double-doubles (double figures in kills
and digs) with 10. She's also posted a pair of career highs including 30
kills at Montana on Oct. 12 and 29 digs against Saint Mary's on Sept. 20.
* Since joining the Big Sky in 1996, Sacramento State has posted the best
conference winning percentage of the league's nine teams. The Hornets are
60-12 (.833) followed by Eastern Washington (53-21). Montana State (46-28),
Cal State Northridge (45-29) and Northern Arizona (43-31) are the other
schools with winning league records. Montana (30-44), Weber State (29-47),
Idaho State (18-58) and Portland State (12-62) round out the field.
Sacramento State has now won eight of its last 10 matches and currently
sits a season-high six games above .500...after experimenting with seven
different lineups through the first 12 matches of the season, Colberg has
used the same starting six (Lisa Beauchene, Sarah Chlebana, Tasman Dwyer,
Esther Rogers, Kelly Voeltz and Jayme Wright) for 12-straight matches...the
squad's .358 hitting percentage in the victory over Weber State was a
season high...junior middle hitter Tasman Dwyer has now posted
double-figure kills in 10-consecutive matches and 17 of her last 18. Among
conference leaders, Dwyer is second in blocks (1.46 per game), sixth in
hitting percentage (.304) and eighth in kills (3.84 per game)...the
Hornets' 15-0 game-two victory over Weber State marked the team's first
shutout since blanking Portland State in the first game of a 3-0 win on
Oct. 28, 1999...Sacramento State is currently second in the Big Sky in digs
(20.58 per game) and third in kills (16.73 per game), blocks (2.65 per
game) and assists (14.80 per game)...sophomore Jayme Wright has recorded
double-figures in kills in seven-straight matches and 11 of her last 12.
However, her streak of six-consecutive double-doubles came to a close
against Weber State...freshman Olivia Thomas remains second in the Big Sky
with 0.38 service aces per game.
Probable Starting Lineup Notables
OH 4 - Jayme Wright 5-11, So. 10 double-doubles this season
MH 7 - Tasman Dwyer 6-0, Jr. team leader in kills,
hitting% and blocks
OH 8 - Esther Rogers 6-0, Jr. Big Sky Player of the Week
OH 9 - Kelly Voeltz 5-11, Jr. 1.3 kills, 2.4 digs per game
S 10 - Lisa Beauchene 5-10, Fr. sixth in Big Sky with 11.71
assists per game
OH 11 - Sarah Chlebana 5-10, Sr. double-digit kills in eight
of last 10 matches
Hornets' Reserves Notables
S 2 - Kristi Lambert 5-7, Sr. has played four times in
last 10 matches
MH 3 - Kazmiera Imrie 6-1, Fr. tied for second on team
with 42 total blocks
S 5 - Stephanie Gamst 5-11, Fr. second on squad with 158
OH 6 - Ali Mathewson 5-5, Fr. has played in five matches
OH 12 - Alison Gahr 6-2, Jr. has missed the past 12
matches with injury
DS 13 - Stephanie Buie 5-9, Fr. season-high eight digs vs.
DS 15 - Olivia Thomas 5-9, Fr. three aces, 16 digs vs. EWU