FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Sophomore Atlee Hubbard had a team-best nine kills and 10 digs, while senior Stephanie Gamst added six kills, 27 assists, seven digs and career-high six blocks as Sacramento State knocked off Northern Arizona, 3-0 (30-18, 30-20, 30-17) in the Big Sky Conference volleyball opener for both teams.
The Hornets, who won their conference opener for the eighth-consecutive season, improved to 11-4 overall and 1-0 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State has won five of its last six matches and improved to 3-2 on the road this season. Northern Arizona dropped to 2-9 and 0-1 in the conference.
Sacramento State limited the Lumberjacks to a -.008 hitting percentage as NAU had more attack errors (35) than kills (34). The Hornets tallied 12 team blocks despite the match lasting just three games as Gamst, freshman Linday Haupt (five), senior Emily Wilson (four) and junior Natalie Melcher (four) each had at least four blocks. Northern Arizona''s hitting percentage marked the second time this season the Hornets have held an opponent to a negative number (Seton Hall hit -.018 on Sept. 17).
Gamst''s six kills accompanied a .455 hitting percentage as the setter had just one error in 11 total attacks. Hubbard was one kill shy of her third double-double of the season and Bandimere was second on the Hornets with seven kills. Bandimere''s output snapped a streak of four-consecutive matches with double figures in kills as she had just 18 total attacks during the match.
Wilson hit .400 (4-0-10) in the contest as the middle hitter has just nine attack errors in her last seven matches. Haupt and sophomore Leah Klemenhagen each had five kills while Klemenhagen''s 1.000 hitting percentage (5-0-5) was a career high.
The Hornets dominated the Lumberjacks in nearly every statistical category including kills (41-34), hitting percentage (.276- -.008) and team blocks (12-7).
Northern Arizona was led by Ellie Butterfield''s match-high 15 kills while Kim Babcock led all players with 11 digs.
Sacramento State returns to action next Friday, Oct. 1, as the team travels to Montana State before taking on Montana on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Hornets do not return to the Hornets Nest until facing Portland State in the team''s first Big Sky home game on Oct. 7.