SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior Sarah Chlebana led all players with eight kills
as the Sacramento State volleyball team swept past Idaho State, 3-0 (15-4,
15-8, 15-9), in a Big Sky Conference match Friday night in Hornet Gym. The
victory strengthened the Hornets' hold atop the Big Sky standings as the
team now sits a game and a half in front of second-place Montana State,
Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington with two matches left in the
The Hornets, who have won 11 of their last 14, improved their record to
18-10 overall and 11-3 in the Big Sky. Tonight marked the final regular
season home match for the Hornets, who swept through all eight Big Sky home
matches this season. With the loss, Idaho State dropped to 8-20 and 4-12 in
the Big Sky.
Sacramento State dominated the match in almost every area including kills
(40-22), assists (35-17), digs (47-35) and hitting percentage (.210-.054).
Hornet freshman setter Lisa Beauchene finished with six kills, including a
.750 hitting percentage, and a match-high 21 assists. Idaho State's Amanda
Berg and Hannah Jentzsch each led the Bengals with six kills.
In game one, the Hornets broke open a 2-2 tie after freshman Olivia Thomas
served out 12-straight points to give Sacramento State a commanding 14-2
lead. After the Bengals scored two points, the Hornets closed out the game
on an Idaho State blocking error.
In the second frame, the Hornets never relinquished their lead during the
entire game. After Idaho State had cut the lead to 10-8, freshman outside
hitter Ali Mathewson served out the final five points to end the game.
Beauchene, Chlebana and Esther Rogers led all players with four kills in
In game three, both teams played sloppy as the Hornets hit just .000 while
the Bengals hit .-.067. Sacramento State held leads of 6-3 and 13-6 before
eventually closing out the match.
Tonight's contest marked the final regular season home matches in the
careers of Hornet seniors Kristi Lambert and Chlebana.
Sacramento State finishes out its regular season schedule next week with
two road matches against Northern Arizona (Thursday, Nov. 9) and Cal State
Northridge (Friday, Nov. 11). The Hornets beat both teams by 3-0 scores at
home earlier in the season.