LONG BEACH, Calif. --- Junior Atlee Hubbard led four Sacramento State players in double-figures with 15 kills to help the Hornet volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-19, 30-26, 28-30, 30-17) win over Long Island on Friday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid. The match was the first for both teams in 2005.
Hubbard, who added 11 digs, was joined in double-figures by Shannon Roland (13), Shannon Arts (11) and Lindsay Haupt (11). Roland notched her first career double-double with 12 digs and added three blocks. Haupt, who was the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year last season, tallied nine blocks to lead all players.
The Hornets had little trouble in the first game, holding Long Island to a -.026 hitting percentage and just seven kills. Sacramento State, which hit .093 in the first game, recorded 20 kills and just five errors to hit .357 in game two.
Game three belonged to the Blackbirds who outhit the Hornets, .286-.128. However, Sacramento State bounced back for a convincing win in game four to seal the match.
Long Island was led by Martina Wagner with 15 kills and 10 digs. Lizelle Jackson added 12 kills and a match-high 18 digs while Adela Igniska had 10 kills.
As a team, the Hornets finished with a .192 hitting percentage (60-27-172). The team was dominant at the net where it outblocked LIU, 15-7. The Blackbirds did record more digs than the Hornets, 71-65.
Freshman Rose Burke had a successful debut as the Sacramento State setter. The Gainesville, Fla., native notched 53 assists and nine digs.
Sacramento State returns to the court on Saturday for a pair of matches against national powers. The Hornets face San Diego at 1 p.m. before challenging host Long Beach State at 7 p.m.