LOS ANGELES -- The Sacramento State volleyball team opened the 2003 season with a 3-0 loss to West Virginia in the first round of the LMU Furama Hotel Invitational Friday evening at Gersten Pavilion.
The Hornets, who have now lost their season opener five of the last seven years, hit just .105 for the match while committing nine service errors.
West Virginia, which improved to 1-0, won by the following game scores, 31-29, 30-21, 30-18. The Mountaineers were led by Alison Zemanski''s match-high 14 kills and 15 digs. Kristi King (15) and Stephanie Zolna (12) also recorded double figures in digs for West Virginia.
Sacramento State had a 29-27 lead in game one before the Mountaineers rallied off four-straight points. The Hornets committed two attack errors and a ball-handling error during that 4-0 run to close the game.
West Virginia took games two and three with relative ease as the Hornets held brief leads in both games.
Sacramento State was led by freshman Jennifer Ferguson''s team-high 10 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Kristin Lutes led the team with 13 digs while senior Kazmiera Imrie chipped in 12 digs. Imrie also had eight kills while junior Sandra Bandimere finished with seven kills.
West Virginia held an advantage over the Hornets in kills (45-38), hitting percentage (.258-.105), assists (42-36), service aces (12-4), digs (53-52) and team blocks (5-4).
Sacramento State returns to action on Saturday for the final two matches of the tournament against UNLV (10 a.m.) and host Loyola Marymount (7 p.m.).