FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona limited the Hornets to a .095 hitting percentage on the way to a three-set sweep of Sacramento State, 25-21, 25-14, 25-15, on Saturday afternoon at the Rolle Activity Center.
With the victory, the Lumberjacks improved to 12-2 overall, 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference and 5-0 at home. The Hornets, who lost a heartbreaking five-set match at Southern Utah on Thursday night, dropped to 5-12 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
NAU held large statistical advantages over the Hornets in kills (41-30), hitting percentage (.265-.095), assists (39-29), aces (4-0), digs (48-33) and team blocks (11.0-1.0). The one team block for Sacramento State was the lowest mark of the season. After hitting .216 in the first set, the Hornets were limited to .000 and .059 percentages, respectively, in the second and third sets.
This afternoon marked the end of a season-long five match road trip for Sacramento State as the team will play its next four contests at home. That begins on Thursday against Idaho State at 7 p.m.
Junior outside hitter and team captain Sloan Lovett led the Hornets with nine kills while sophomore Morgan Stanley finished with seven kills. Freshman setter Kennedy Kurtz finished with three kills, four digs and a .750 hitting percentage and freshman libero Brigitte Murdock added a kill and team-high 13 digs. Besides Murdock (.500) and Kurtz, no other Hornet finished with anything higher than a .200 hitting percentage.
NAU was led by Sydney Kemper's 10 kills and .300 hitting percentage. Three Lumberjacks finished with double figures in digs, comprised of Stacia Williams (12), Janae Vander Ploeg (11) and Jensen Barton (10). Payton Bock had seven blocks and Kemper added six blocks.
Thursday's match against Idaho State will begin a season-long four-match homestand for Sacramento State that will also see the team play Weber State (Oct. 4), Eastern Washington (Oct. 9) and Idaho (Oct. 11).