A Look at This Week
After splitting a pair of matches last week on the road (a 3-0 win
at Portland State and a 3-0 loss at Eastern Washington), the Sacramento
State volleyball team remains in first place in the Big Sky standings and
enters the week with a 16-10 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the Big Sky
Winners of six of its last eight matches, Sacramento State plays
its final two regular season home matches this week against the Grizzlies
of Montana on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. and the Bengals of Idaho State on
Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Friday''s contest against the Bengals will mark
the final regular season home matches in the careers of fourth-year seniors
Sarah Chlebana and Kristi Lambert.
Sacramento State is 9-2 overall at home including a 6-0 mark
against Big Sky competition. However, the team is 4-6 on the road and will
play both Northern Arizona and Cal State Northridge on the road in the
final week of the season.
Montana enters Thursday''s match 14-11 overall and 6-6 in the Big
Sky. After beginning the season 12-6, the Grizzlies, who currently hold the
sixth and final playoff spot in the Big Sky, have dropped five of their
last seven matches. The Hornets defeated Montana in Missoula, 3-1, earlier
this season and have won five of the last six meetings between the two
teams. However, Montana ended the Hornets'' 19-match home winning streak
against Big Sky teams with a 3-2 victory on Oct. 14 of last season.
Idaho State, which has lost 10 of its last 12 matches, enters the
week with an 8-18 overall record and a 4-10 conference mark. The Bengals
will travel to Weber State on Thursday before playing the Hornets on
Friday. Sacramento State beat Idaho State earlier this season in Pocatello,
Idaho, 3-1. In fact, the Hornets have beaten the Bengals seven-straight
times over the last four years.
A Look at the Big Sky Playoff Picture
With four matches to play, the Hornets (9-3) remain all alone atop
the Big Sky standings, one game ahead of Montana State, Northern Arizona
and Eastern Washington, which are each tied for second place with 8-4
conference records. The conference winner is crowned Big Sky regular season
champion and gains the right to host the conference championship Nov.
16-18. The top six teams in the nine-team conference advance to the
If two or more teams are tied for first place at the end of the
season, here is the list and order of tiebreakers that will come into
effect: 1) The result of head-to-head competition between the teams. 2) The
percent of total games won between/among the tied teams. 3) The scoring
margin of games between/among tied teams.
The Hornets have split two matches with Montana State this season
but own the second tiebreaker over the Bobcats with the higher number of
total games won (5-3).
As of right now, the Hornets also own the tiebreaker over Northern
Arizona because of a 3-0 victory (15-11, 15-10, 15-6) over the Lumberjacks
earlier in the season. Sacramento State plays at Northern Arizona on Nov.
9, but the Lumberjacks would have to beat the Hornets, 3-0, and win the
differential in points to gain back the tiebreaker.
Eastern Washington is the only second-place team that owns the
tiebreaker over the Hornets. Although the two teams split this season, the
Eagles have won a higher percentage of games between the two teams. The
Hornets beat Eastern Washington, 3-1, earlier in the season but the Eagles
responded with a 3-0 victory over Sacramento State last week.
|2000 Big Sky Standings|
|(as of Oct. 30, 2000)|
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|Cal State Northridge||7-5||13-7|
A Look at the Coaches
For the 25th-straight season, Debby Colberg controls the Hornet
sidelines. During her tenure, Colberg has posted a 645-226 record (.741
winning percentage) and has led the team to 10 league titles and 19
postseason berths. Her 645 wins is ties her for ninth all-time with UC
Santa Barbara''s Kathy Gregory among coaches with at least five years of
Div. I experience. 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.
Montana is led by head coach Nikki Best, who is currently 14-11 in
her first year with the Grizzlies. Best owns a 67-44 record in her third
season as a collegiate head coach.
Idaho State''s head coach Mike Welch is also currently in his first
season with the program and has a 8-18 record. In 10 years as a collegiate
head coach, Welch has posted a 183-132 record.
A Look at Last Week
The Hornets went 1-1 last week on the road, including a 3-0 (15-8,
15-5, 15-6) victory over Portland State on Oct. 28, and a 3-0 (15-13,
15-11, 15-9) loss to Eastern Washington on Oct. 29.
Friday, the Hornets defeated Portland State for the
14th-consecutive time over the last 11 years as Tasman Dwyer and Sarah
Chlebana each paced the team with 12 kills. Sacramento State hit .254 for
the match while Lisa Beauchene chipped in eight kills and a career-high
.636 hitting percentage (8-1-11). Portland State, which hit just .078 for
the match, had no player record more than eight kills.
Saturday, Eastern Washington extended its home winning streak to 26
matches with the 3-0 sweep over the Hornets. The Eagles dominated the
Hornets in almost every aspect of the match including hitting percentage
(.377-.210), kills (64-48), digs (58-32) and team blocks (8.0-6.0). Esther
Rogers and Chlebana each posted 11 kills to lead the Hornets.
A Look at the Hornets
ALL OR NOTHING
Of 26 Sacramento State matches this season, 19 have resulted in 3-0
scores. The Hornets have come out on top in 12 of those matches but have
also been swept on seven occasions. Seven of the Hornets'' nine wins at home
this year have come by way of a sweep with the only non 3-0 victories
coming against Saint Mary''s (3-2) and Eastern Washington (3-1). In their 16
wins this year, the Hornets have dropped just five games combined in those
As has been the case all season, junior middle hitter Tasman Dwyer
continues to be the Hornets'' most consistent player. The Placerville,
Calif., native currently leads the Hornets in kills (328), hitting
percentage (.298) and total blocks (107). She has recorded double figures
in kills in 18 or her last 20 matches and has hit above .300 in 13 of 26
matches. An honorable mention all-Big Sky selection last season, she has
accumulated at least four blocks in all but nine matches this year.
Among Big Sky leaders, Dwyer leads the conference in blocks per
game (1.50) and ranks sixth in hitting percentage and eighth in kills (3.81
* 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
61-13 (.824) followed by Eastern Washington (55-21). Montana State (47-29),
Cal State Northridge (47-29) and Northern Arizona (45-31) are the other
schools with winning league records. Montana (31-45), Weber State (29-47),
Idaho State (19-59) and Portland State (12-64) round out the field.
With nine kills in the loss at Eastern Washington, Tasman Dwyer saw her
streak of 11-consecutive matches with double-figure kills come to a
close...in the Sacramento State all-time career records book, Sarah
Chlebana is sixth in kills (1,058) and attacks (3,043), eighth in digs
(1,259) and 10th in total blocks (265)...the Hornets have now lost
three-straight matches on the road to Eastern Washington, the team''s
longest dry spell away from home against any Big Sky team...Sacramento
State''s current team hitting percentage of .210 is a season high...the
team''s output of 48 kills against Eastern Washington was a season low
against Big Sky competition...sophomore Esther Rogers has recorded exactly
11 kills in five of her last seven matches. In addition to the kills in
those five matches, she has recorded hitting percentages of .370, .310,
.409, .688 and .375, respectively...the Hornets have won nine of their last
12 contests...among Big Sky leaders, freshman setter Lisa Beauchene is
sixth in assists (11.84 per game), tied for seventh in hitting percentage
(.276) and tied for ninth in digs (3.28 per game)...the Hornets have
outblocked their opponents, 232.0-192.5.
|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. ||hit above .300 in five of last seven matches|
|OH ||9 - Kelly Voeltz ||5-11, Jr. ||third on team with 14 aces|
|S ||10 - Lisa Beauchene ||5-10, Fr. ||hit .636 (8-1-11) against Portland State|
|OH ||11 - Sarah Chlebana ||5-10, Sr. ||team leader in kills in five of last six matches|
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|S ||2 - Kristi Lambert ||5-7, Sr. ||has played five times in last 11 matches|
|MH ||3 - Kazmiera Imrie ||6-1, Fr. ||fourth on team with 42 total blocks|
|S ||5 - Stephanie Gamst ||5-11, Fr. ||second on squad with 158 assists|
|OH ||6 - Ali Mathewson ||5-5, Fr. ||2 kills, 2 digs, 2 assists at Portland State|
|OH ||12 - Alison Gahr ||6-2, Jr. ||has missed the past 14 matches with injury|
|DS ||13 - Stephanie Buie ||5-9, Fr. ||has played in four of the last five matches|
|DS ||15 - Olivia Thomas ||5-9, Fr. ||has recorded double-figure digs four times|