STOCKTON, Calif. -- Pacific hit .417 as a team and Jamie Hamm led all players with 20 kills as the 11th-ranked Tigers defeated the Sacramento State volleyball team, 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-23), in a non-conference match Wednesday evening at the Spanos Center.
Jennifer Joines added 15 kills for the Tigers as Pacific has now won 10 of its last 11 matches while improving its record to 11-2. Sacramento State, which has lost two straight, fell to 7-5. The Hornets have still won six of their last nine matches after beginning the season with a 1-2 record.
The .417 mark was the highest hitting percentage Sacramento State has allowed an opponent all season. The match also marked the first time the Hornets have been swept as the team had been 5-0 in three-game matches up until tonight. Six different Tigers recorded hitting percentages of at least .400, led by Joines and Misty Swails'' .714 marks. Pacific held the advantage over Sacramento State in virtually every statistical category including kills (55-40), hitting percentage (.417-.171), assists (50-36), digs (51-34) and blocks (7.5-4.0).
The Hornets were led by senior Tasman Dwyer and freshman Sandra Bandimere, who each tallied 11 kills. In her first career collegiate start, Bandimere hit .167 (11-6-30) while recording four digs. Sophomore Lisa Beauchene was the only Hornets to record double figures in digs as the setter finished with 12. Sophomore middle hitter Kazmiera Imrie recorded six kills and a team-leading .545 hitting percentage as she committed zero attack errors in 11 total attempts.
With the score tied, 10-10, in game one, Pacific went on a 9-1 run to take control of the game. The Tigers'' Clarissa Bonner served out seven-consecutive points during the run as Sacramento State would get no closer than four points the rest of the frame. The Tigers hit .317 in the game and were led by Joines'' six kills. Sacramento State, which hit just .095 in the opening frame, was led by Bandimere''s six kills.
The Tigers used a 13-4 run in game two to take a 21-11 lead as the Hornets would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Pacific hit .486 in the game and was led by Hamm''s seven kills. Seven different Tigers recorded at least one kill in the game as the team committed just two errors (20-2-37). Dwyer and Bandimere each recorded three kills to lead the Hornets.
Sacramento State never had a lead in game three as the Hornets found themselves down, 12-6, early on. Sacramento State was able to claw back to within three points of the Tiger lead at 23-20, but would get no closer the rest of the way. The Hornets committed five service errors in the game and Pacific hit above .300 (.467) for the third-consecutive game.
Pacific has now won nine-straight over the Hornets spanning the last five years and owns a 23-2 all-time record against Sacramento State.
The Hornets return to action this Saturday, Sept. 29, as they host Big Sky Conference-foe Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. The contest will mark Sacramento State''s first home conference match of the season as the team plays each of its next three matches and seven of its next nine in Hornet Gym.