VOLLEYBALL IMPROVES TO 2-0 WITH SWEEP OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman Janelle Currey led all players with 13 kills, senior setter Melissa Melcher had five kills in five attempts and sophomore Breanne Menees posted a match-high 16 digs to lead Sacramento State to a three-game sweep (25-17, 25-22, 25-17) of New Hampshire in the second round of the Big Orange Volleyball Tournament Saturday morning.
With the victory, Sacramento State improved to 2-0 at the two-day, three-match tournament, including a 3-2 victory over Siena yesterday. New Hampshire dropped to 0-2 with the loss. The Hornets conclude tournament play tonight at 4 p.m. PDT when they take on host Syracuse. The only other time the two teams have met came back in 2006 when the Hornets swept Syracuse at the Sacramento State Invitational.
The tournament marks the season-opening matches for all four teams involved.
Currey has now led the Hornets in kills in both matches this season, and is averaging 3.88 kills per set while hitting .307 over that span. In this morning’s match, her 13 kills were six better than other Hornet and she had just three errors in 30 total attacks (.333). Melcher’s five kills were a career high and the fourth-year senior also added 29 assists, seven digs, an ace and a solo block.
Sacramento State limited New Hampshire to a .094 hitting percentage (29-19-106), tallied 10 more kills (39-29) and had 10 service aces. Six different Hornets had at least one ace and the team now has 18 through two matches.
Menees (16) and senior Desiree Hoyum (13) combined for 29 of the Hornets’ 51 digs, and junior Maddison Thivierge had two solo blocks.
With the exception of an early 5-0 New Hampshire lead in the first set and 4-0 in the third set, Sacramento State controlled the match throughout.
Justine Elliott led New Hampshire with 10 kills and a .526 hitting percentage (10-0-19).