PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland State's Aubrey Mitchell (11), Kaeli Patton (10) and Cheyne Corrado (10) each posted double figures in kills to lead the Vikings to a three-set sweep (25-20, 25-14, 25-11) of Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Saturday evening at the Stott Center.
With the loss, the Hornets dropped their seventh straight match while falling to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the Big Sky. The Hornets will play four straight and eight of their next 10 matches at home, beginning next week against Northern Arizona on Friday, and Southern Utah on Saturday.
Portland State, which was playing its first conference match of the season, improved to 4-7 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Vikings won last year's regular season championship and will host this season's Big Sky Tournament. Portland State has played a brutal schedule thus far as four of the team's losses have come against teams ranked among the top 25 in the nation.
The Vikings limited the Hornets to a season-low .022 hitting percentage as Sacramento State had just 19 kills with 17 errors in 90 total attacks. Conversely, Portland State hit .224 and had 24 more kills, eight more aces, eight more digs and three more team blocks than Sacramento State. After tallying 10 kills in the first set, the Hornets had just six and three kills, respectively, during sets two and three.
Sacramento State had just one player with more than five kills, and that was senior rightside hitter Kayla Beal who finished with eight kills, seven digs, five blocks and a .304 hitting percentage. The kills, hitting percentage and blocks were all team highs. No other Hornet player hit better than .200.
Setter Hannah Hettinga had just 10 assists to go along with two aces a team-high 12 digs. Freshman middle blocker Courtney Dietrich had three kills and four blocks, and sophomore outside hitter Sloan Lovett added five kills.
For Portland State, Mitchell, Patton and Corrado combined for all but 12 of the team's 43 kills. The Vikings also had 11 aces, and four different PSU players had at least three blocks.
The Hornets' four-match homestand, which begins next week, will include matchups with Northern Arizona (Sept. 27), Southern Utah (Sept. 28), Northern Colorado (Oct. 3) and North Dakota (Oct. 5).