MISSOULA, Mont. â€”Junior Sandra Bandimere had a team-best 13 kills while senior Lisa Beauchene added 12 kills, 41 assists and nine digs to lead Sacramento State to a 3-0 (31-29, 30-14, 30-23) victory over Montana in a Big Sky Conference match Saturday night at West Auxiliary Gym.
Tonight''s victory coupled with the Hornets'' win at Montana State last night gives Sacramento State its first sweep of the Montana schools on the road since 1999. Sacramento State has now won seven of its last 10 matches and remains in second place in the Big Sky standings with a 17-10 overall record and an 8-2 conference mark. Montana dropped its 10th-straight match while falling to 6-17 and 1-10 in the Big Sky.
Beauchene''s 12 kills accompanied a .500 hitting percentage as she committed no errors in 24 total attacks. Bandimere has led the Hornets in kills in four-straight matches and is averaging 3.94 kills per game over that span.
Sacramento State hit .264 in the match while limiting the Grizzlies to a .169 hitting percentage. The Hornets held the advantage over Montana in every statistical category, including kills (55-45), aces (7-0), assists (52-44), digs (66-58) and team blocks (10.0-8.0).
The Hornets'' nine aces included a career-high four from freshman Jennifer Ferguson. The Chico, Calif., native also had nine kills, five blocks and a match-high 16 digs. Sophomore Shannon Arts had a career-high 10 blocks to go along with five kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Junior Emily Wilson chipped in seven kills and a .333 hitting percentage for the Hornets.
Montana was led by Lizzie Wertz''s 16 kills while Audrey Jensen tallied 10 kills.
Sacramento State continued its dominance over Montana as the Hornets have now won nine in a row in the series and hold a 15-4 all-time advantage.
On Friday night, the Hornets defeated Montana State on the road for the first time since 1999 as seniors Kazmiera Imrie and Beauchene experienced victory in Bozeman, Mont. for the first time of their careers.
The Hornets, who have just five matches remaining on the regular-season schedule, play their final two home contests next week against Portland State (Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.) and first-place Eastern Washington (Saturday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m.). The match against Eastern Washington will mark the final home contest in the careers of Beauchene and Imrie.