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VOLLEYBALL DROPS FOUR-SET MATCH AT PORTLAND STATE
Senior outside hitter Jessie Genger led the Hornets in tonight's match with 12 kills
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland State had four players finish with double figures in kills, and the Vikings cruised to a 3-1 victory (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-13) over Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Saturday evening at the Stott Center.
With the loss, the Hornets (7-14, 3-8) fell to 1-6 in conference matches on the road this season, and play another road tilt Monday evening at Eastern Washington. Sacramento State has dropped five straight meetings when facing the Vikings in Portland, but still own a 36-20 record in the all-time series between the two teams.
With the win, Portland State takes over sole possession of first place in the Big Sky standings while improving to 15-8 overall and 11-1 in the league. The Vikings swept the season series from Sacramento State, which included a 3-2 win in Sacramento that saw the Hornets squander a match point on Sept. 15.
After dropping the first two frames, Sacramento State erased a 21-18 deficit in the third set by closing on a 7-0 run. The Hornets couldn’t carry that momentum into the fourth set as Portland State began the frame on a 7-4 run and never trailed the rest of the way.
The Vikings held a commanding edge in kills (63-39), assists (60-37), digs (72-55) and hitting percentage (.276-.112). The Vikings saw Megan Ellis (18), Jaklyn Wheeler (17), Leigh-Ann Haataja (13) and Aubrey Mitchell (10) combine for 58 of the team’s 63 kills. Conversely, the Hornets had just one player finish with more than seven kills as outside hitter Jessie Genger posted a team-best 12.
Sacramento State did have six aces, including three from rightside hitter Kayla Beal, and 9.0 team blocks, but it was not enough against a Portland State team that hit better than .280 in the first, second and fourth sets. The Hornets were also called for a season-high eight block errors.
Genger’s 12 kills came with nine digs and an ace. The senior has now tallied at least 12 kills in all three matches she has appeared since returning from a leg injury last week. Middle blocker Ashley Newcomb had seven kills, three blocks and a .412 hitting percentage, which included no errors in 17 total attacks. Middle blocker Olivia Moss added four kills, a .333 hitting percentage and team-high four blocks.
Also for Sacramento State, Janelle Currey and Beal each had six kills while Beal also had five digs and three blocks. Libero Sydney Kordic was the lone Hornet with double figures in digs as she finished with 17.
Sacramento State will play its only Monday match of the season in two days when the team travels to Cheney for a matchup with Eastern Washington. After that game, the Hornets will play six of their final eight contests of the regular season at home.
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