VOLLEYBALL STUMBLES AT HOME AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- San Jose State's Hanah Blume had a match-high 15 kills and the Spartans hit .374 to notch a three-set sweep of Sacramento State, 25-19, 29-27, 25-17, in the first round of the Sacramento State Volleyball Invitational Friday evening at Colberg Court.
Tonight marked the Hornets' home opener, and the loss snapped a four-match winning streak. Sacramento State (4-1) returns for the second and third rounds of the tournament tomorrow against Central Connecticut at 12:30 p.m., and Cal Poly at 7 p.m.
In this evening's other tournament matchup, Cal Poly swept Central Connecticut in three sets. The tournament will feature four more matches tomorrow, including Cal Poly vs. San Jose State at 10 a.m., and Central Connecticut vs. San Jose State at 3 p.m. For complete tournament information and schedule, click here.
The Hornets had trouble with a San Jose State attack that recorded a .374 hitting percentage to go along with 50 kills compared to just 37 for Sacramento State. Four of the Spartans' six starters hit better than .420, comprised of Tyanna Roy (10 kills, .588), Sarah Griest (six kills, .556), Blume (.517) and Mary Alice O'Reilly (11 kills, .429). That quartet also combined for 42 of San Jose State's 50 kills.
Sacramento State, which squandered a pair of set points in the second frame at 24-23 and 27-26, hit .206 and had just four blocks. The Hornets did have an advantage over San Jose State in digs (40-36) and aces (8-5), but could not figure out a way to stop the Spartan attack.
"San Jose State played really well tonight," Sacramento State head coach Ruben Volta said. "They especially attacked well, and we just didn't respond. We have to do a better job with our defense and blocking to beat a team like the Spartans."
For the Hornets, senior Kayla Beal, sophomore Sloan Lovett and freshman Morgan Stanley each had nine kills. Setter Hannah Hettinga had 29 assists, three kills, a 1.000 hitting percentage and a team-best 12 digs while Lovett added 11 digs. Of Sacramento State's eight aces, three came from Lexie Skalbeck, and two apiece from Hettinga and Lovett.
The Hornets established season lows in kills (37), hitting percentage (.206), assists (36) and digs (40).