SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior Tasman Dwyer recorded a team-high 14 kills and
sophomore Jayme Wright added 12 kills as the Sacramento State volleyball
team cruised to a 3-1 (15-4, 15-12, 15-5, 15-6) victory over Montana in Big
Sky Conference action Thursday night in Hornet Gym.
With the win, Sacramento State, which has now won 10 of its last 13
matches, improved to 17-10 overall and 10-3 in the Big Sky. The Hornets
remain all alone atop the Big Sky standings, one game ahead of a group of
second-place teams. With the loss, Montana dropped to 14-12 overall and 6-7
in the Big Sky.
Senior Sarah Chlebana and junior Esther Rogers each chipped in 10 kills to
round out the Hornet foursome in double-figure kills. Sacramento State hit
just .199 and committed 11 service errors, but was able to combat the
mistakes by limiting Montana to just a .077 hitting percentage. The
Grizzlies, who were led by Lizzie Wertz's match-high 17 kills and 20 digs,
were also outblocked, 13.0-5.0.
In game one, the Grizzlies hit -.053, connecting on just six kills in 38
attempts. The Hornets jumped out to a commanding 13-1 lead before
eventually closing out the frame, 15-4.
The second game stayed close throughout as no team established a lead of
more than four points. Montana eventually led, 14-10, enduring two Hornet
points and 10 sideouts before finally closing out the frame. Wertz led all
players in the game with 13 kills.
In the third frame, Sacramento State broke open a 4-4 tie, scoring 11 of
the final 12 points of the frame. The Hornets ran off four points on junior
Kelly Voeltz's serve and four points on Chlebana's serve.
In the fourth and final game, Sacramento State led from start to finish as
the Hornets jumped out to a 10-3 lead and cruised the rest of the way. The
Hornets ran off the final five points of the contest on Rogers' serve as a
pair of Dwyer kills accounted for the final two points of the match.
Sacramento State finishes up its regular season home schedule on Friday,
Nov. 3, as it hosts Idaho State at 7 p.m. Seniors Chlebana and Kristi
Lambert will each be honored prior to the match.