VOLLEYBALL SUFFERS THREE-SET LOSS TO SAN FRANCISCO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sarah Mandala had a match-high 18 kills to lead San Francisco to a three-set sweep of Sacramento State (25-19, 25-17, 25-17) in the first round of the Hornet Volleyball Invitational Friday evening at Colberg Court.
With the loss, Sacramento State (2-5 overall) falls to 0-1 at the two-day tournament, and returns to action tomorrow to host Fresno State (12:30 p.m.) and Alabama (7:30 p.m.).
Sacramento State lost its fifth straight after winning the first two matches of the season. However, the previous four losses each came in five sets prior to tonight’s loss. The team’s four-match losing streak at home is the longest since the 1992 squad dropped four straight inside the friendly confines.
San Francisco improved to 1-0 at the tournament and 3-5 overall. In this afternoon’s first match of the tournament, Fresno State outlasted Alabama (25-16, 28-26, 16-25, 20-25, 16-14).
San Francisco held the advantage over Sacramento State in every statistical category in tonight’s match, including kills (46-26), hitting percentage (.203-.061), assists (43-24), service aces (4-0), digs (62-48) and blocks (12-9). In fact, the Hornets’ largest lead of the evening came at 6-5 in the first set, and 1-0 in the second set. Other than those two scores, San Francisco never trailed the entire way.
Sacramento State had trouble getting anything going offensively, as junior Maddison Thivierge (.222) was the only Hornet to hit better than .167. Senior Desiree Hoyum paced Sacramento State with eight kills while Thivierge and freshman Janelle Currey each had six. Defensively, Currey and sophomore Breanne Menees had 12 digs and Hoyum chipped in 10.
Joining Mandala in double-figure kills for the Dons was Erin Bragg who finished with 10. Libero Haley Carroll finished with a match-high 24 digs.
Four matches are scheduled for tomorrow’s final day of the four-team tournament, beginning with San Francisco facing Alabama at 10 a.m. For a complete schedule of the tournament and information, click here.