CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore Kazmiera Imrie recorded a team-high 12 kills and 15 digs and senior Tasman Dwyer added 11 kills and five blocks to lead the Sacramento State volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-15, 34-32, 30-20) victory over Southern Illinois in the first round of the Oregon State Showcase Friday night at Gill Coliseum. The match marked the season opener for both teams.
Imrie, who hit .310 in the match, set her career high in digs and matched her career high in kills. Junior Jayme Wright added seven kills, 14 digs and a career-high three aces while sophomore Lisa Beauchene recorded six kills and 31 assists for the Hornets.
Sacramento State held Southern Illinois to a .054 hitting percentage for the match as the Salukis failed to hit over .100 in any of the three games. The Hornets had five players break the .300 plateau (Imrie, Dwyer, Beauchene, Alison Gahr and Loretta Coffman) as the team hit .230 for the match.
Lindsey Schultz led Southern Illinois with 10 kills while Kristie Kemner chipped in eight kills and 18 digs. The Salukis were held to itting percentages of .083, .085 and -.024 in games one through three, respectively.
The match marked the first for the Hornets under the new rally scoring rule (each play results in a point) instituted by the NCAA this season. The first four games of a match are now won when a team reaches 30 points and wins by at least two points. The fifth game is won when a team reaches 15 points and wins by at least two points.
The victory marked just the second time in the last five years the Hornets have opened their season with a win.
Sacramento State returns to action Saturday, Sept. 1, as the team squares off with San Jose State and host Oregon State in the second round of the tournament. The Hornets face the Spartans at 10 a.m. and the Beavers at 7:30 p.m.