VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS TO TOP-RANKED CAL
Olivia Moss (left) led the Hornets with four blocks while Eryn Kirby (right) had a team-best six kills
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Cal’s Tarah Murrey led all players with 21 kills to go along with a .422 hitting percentage as the top-ranked Golden Bears swept Sacramento State, 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-12), in the third and final round of the Hilton Garden Inn Volleyball Classic Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.
With the loss, Sacramento State concludes the two-day tournament with a 2-1 record having defeated both Nevada and Georgetown yesterday. The Hornets are now 5-4 overall this season. Cal improved to a perfect 9-0, and today marked the first time Sacramento State played the nation’s top-ranked team since a 3-1 loss at Hawai’i on Sept. 6, 1996.
In today’s match, it was all Cal as the Bears nearly doubled the Hornets’ tally in kills (41-22) while hitting .312 compared to a .041 percentage by Sacramento State. The Hornets were forced into 18 errors in 98 total attacks and the .041 hitting percentage was a season low.
Murrey’s 21 kills were 14 more than any other player on the floor, and she had just two errors in 45 attacks. Kat Brown added seven kills, three blocks and a .700 hitting percentage (7-0-10).
For Sacramento State, senior Eryn Kirby led the team in kills for the fifth straight match as she tallied six to go along with five digs. Only three Hornets had more than three kills in the match. Breanne Menees led the Hornets with nine digs while outside hitter Janelle Currey had eight. Sacramento State did finish with seven team blocks, including a match-high four from Olivia Moss and three more from Kayla Beal.
Both Currey and Kirby represented Sacramento State on the all-tournament team.
The Hornets return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for the volleyball version of the Causeway Classic when the team hosts UC Davis at 7 p.m. Sacramento State leads the all-time series over the Aggies by a 50-17 margin.