FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Seniors Sandra Bandimere and Emily Wilson, and sophomore Atlee Hubbard each had 10 kills to lead Sacramento State to a 3-0 (30-19, 30-20, 30-19) victory over UMKC (Missouri-Kansas City) in the first round of the Nanook Volleyball Classic Friday evening at the Patty Center.
The Hornets, who lost their season opener on Wednesday to 22nd-ranked Santa Clara, evened their record at 1-1 while UMKC dropped to 0-1. Sacramento State held UMKC to a .050 hitting percentage as the Kangaroos had just one player with double figures in kills (Vanessa Portela with 13) while tallying 34 kills and 28 errors in 121 total attacks.
Bandimere, Hubbard and Wilson each had double figures in kills against Santa Clara as well. In tonightâ€™s match, Wilson hit a team-best .471 as the middle hitter had just two errors in 17 total attacks while Bandimere hit .350 (10-3-20). Three Hornets finished with double-figure digs comprised of Bandimere (12), sophomore Kristin Lutes (10) and senior Stephanie Gamst (10).
The double-double for Bandimere was her second of the season while Hubbard also tallied seven digs and team highs in both blocks (four) and service aces (four). Sacramento State dominated the match in virtually every statistical category, including kills (42-34), hitting percentage (.207-.050), assists (39-28), service aces (8-1) and digs (48-42).
The Hornets return to action tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 4) as they take on Colgate (2 p.m. PST) and host Alaska-Fairbanks (9 p.m. PST) in the second and final day of the tournament.