VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCH TO PORTLAND STATE

VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCH TO PORTLAND STATE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Portland State's Cheyne Corrado had a match-best 16 kills and a .394 hitting percentage to lead the Vikings to a three-set sweep (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) of Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match Saturday afternoon at Colberg Court.

The Vikings won for the fourth time in six matches while improving to 6-14 overall and 4-4 in the Big Sky. For Sacramento State, the Hornets dropped their eighth straight and fell to 5-18 and 0-8 in the conference.

Today marked the Sacramento State debut of junior outside hitter Lauren Kissell. A first team all-state selection last season at San Joaquin Delta College, the six-foot Kissell led the Hornets in kills this afternoon with nine while also tallying five digs, a solo block and a .233 hitting percentage.

Portland State held statistical advantages over the Hornets in kills (47-36), hitting percentage (.282-.179), aces (7-3), digs (56-49) and team blocks (9.0-6.0). One match after committing 11 service errors, the Hornets had just four serving miscues today.

For the Vikings, Corrado had six kills in the first set, three in the second, and seven more in the third. In addition, the senior outside hitter had a kill at set point of all three frames. She accounted for 34 percent of Portland State's kills.

The Hornets trailed just, 21-20, in the first set, and 22-21 in the third set, but could not pull out the victory in either frame.

For Sacramento State, sophomore Morgan Stanley had eight kills and seven digs, sophomore Madeline Cannon had six kills, two aces and a .400 hitting percentage, and sophomore Kendall LaVine led all players with five blocks. Freshman setter Kennedy Kurtz added two kills, 30 assists, an ace and seven digs, and libero Lexie Skalbeck posted a team-high 16 digs.

Of the 10 players that appeared in today's match for Sacramento State, three were juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

The Hornets will hit the road next week for matches at Montana State on Friday, and Montana on Saturday.