Sacramento State Game Notes (22 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings
The Week Ahead
Sacramento State (7-22, 2-12) will play its final two matches of the season this week at home. The Hornets will attempt to play the roll of spoiler when they host Northern Arizona on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Southern Utah on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Hornets were officially eliminated from Big Sky Tournament contention last week when they lost on the road to both Weber State (3-2) and Idaho State (3-0). The top eight teams in the 12-member Big Sky qualify for the league's postseason event and the Hornets will not be one of those teams for just the fifth time since joining the conference in 1996.
The outcomes of both Sacramento State matches this week could have a heavy impact on seedings for the Big Sky Tournament. In fact, Southern Utah is currently fighting for one of the final spots into the tournament and there is a chance the Thunderbirds' result on Saturday could put them in or out of the postseason. Northern Arizona sits in second place in the South Division and could finish anywhere from the No. 3 seed all the way down to the No. 5 seed depending on this week's outcomes. Idaho State has clinched the regular season title and will host the Big Sky Tournament Nov. 20-22.
Usually the final home match of the season doubles as Senior Day, as programs honor and thank their seniors for contributions to the program. However, Sacramento State has zero seniors on the roster. The youngest team in the Big Sky, the Hornets have three juniors, five sophomores and a school-record eight freshmen.
Like every home match, and contests played at a Big Sky venue, fans can watch a free live video stream of both Thursday and Saturday's matches via WatchBigSky.com. Both contests this week will be streamed in HD. Users need to sign up for a free account through the website and video is free. Links for all multimedia options (video, audio, live stats) can be accessed on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.
A Look At This Week's Opponents
Northern Arizona will enter Thursday on a three-match winning streak after beating both Eastern Washington and Southern Utah last week at home. The Lumberjacks are currently 19-6 overall, 10-4 in the Big Sky, and have clinched no worse than the No. 5 seed at next week's Big Sky Tournament. The Lumberjacks, who swept the Hornets earlier this year in Flagstaff, are 5-5 on the road this season, including 3-3 against Big Sky opposition. Sacramento State is 31-13 all-time against the Lumberjacks, and has beaten NAU at home each of the last two years. In fact, the Hornets are 19-1 all-time when playing the Lumberjacks in Sacramento with the only loss coming in 2011.
Southern Utah, which travels to Portland State on Thursday, enters the week with a 13-13 overall record and a 5-9 conference mark. The Thunderbirds are currently tied with Eastern Washington for the eighth and final spot into the Big Sky Tournament, and its likely one of those two teams will not qualify for the postseason event. Southern Utah dealt the Hornets their most heartbreaking loss of the season in a match in Cedar City on Sept. 25 in which Sacramento State squandered three match points in losing a 32-30 fourth set and eventually 15-13 in the fifth. The Hornets are 3-2 all-time against SUU, and have swept the T-Birds in convincing fashion in both meetings at Colberg Court.
Skalbeck Finishing Season On A High Note
Over the last three weeks, no one on Sacramento State's roster has been more consistent than sophomore libero Lexie Skalbeck. The Portland, Ore., native is averaging 4.71 digs per set over the last five matches and has posted at least 20 digs three times during that span. That includes a career-high 31 digs at Portland State, 22 digs vs. North Dakota and 20 digs in a three-set match at Idaho State. Skalbeck began her second stint this year as libero nine matches ago against Idaho, and has responded by posting at least 11 digs in all but one of those matches.
Looking For First Home Win
Sacramento State is currently 0-10 at home, including an 0-6 mark against Big Sky opponents. The Hornets have been close, as evidence by five-set losses on a number of occasions. Still, Sacramento State is 191-68 at home since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996. That includes a 59-match regular season home winning streak against conference teams that lasted from 1999 until 2007.
Hornets Secure 500th Div. I Victory
The win at Portland State on Nov. 1 allowed Sacramento State to secure its 500th win since joining the Div. I ranks prior to the 1991 season. The Hornets are 500-301 during the program's Div. I era, good a for a robust .624 winning percentage. Arguably the most storied program in Sacramento State athletics history, the volleyball team has accounted for two national championships, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, 27 All-Americans, 18 conference championships and 10 NCAA Div. I Tournament appearances. That includes a streak of 11 straight Big Sky titles from 1997-07. In fact, Sacramento State will finish with less than 10 wins for the first time since the 1976 squad went 9-8.
Youth On Display
Amazingly, when Lauren Kissell made her Hornet debut seven matches ago, it marked just the third upperclassman that has appeared in a match this season for Sacramento State. That's because the Hornets have just three upperclassmen on the entire roster (juniors Sloan Lovett and Lauren Aikels are the others), and zero seniors. In fact, of the 16 players on Sacramento State's roster, 10 are new to the program, including a school-record eight freshmen. Moreover, the six returning players are comprised of two juniors and four sophomores. In fact, on a number of occasions this year, the Hornets have used a lineup consisting of all underclassmen.
The Hornets remain third in the Big Sky with an average of 1.41 aces per set…junior OH Sloan Lovett has recorded double figures in kills in four straight matches and a team-high 18 times this year…sophomore MB Courtney Dietrich is averaging 1.69 blocks per set over the last three matches.
February 24, 2015 AVEN LEE HIRED AS ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH
February 3, 2015 TASMAN DWYER TO BE INDUCTED INTO HORNET VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME
January 28, 2015 HORNET STUDENT-ATHLETES TOTAL 33 FALL BIG SKY ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS
November 15, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FINISHES SEASON WITH FIVE-SET HOME LOSS TO SOUTHERN UTAH
November 13, 2014 VOLLEYBALL WINS, EXTENDS HOMECOURT DOMINANCE OF NORTHERN ARIZONA
November 12, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CLOSES 2014 SEASON THIS WEEK AT HOME
November 8, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LOSES ROAD MATCH AT FIRST-PLACE IDAHO STATE
November 6, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE SETS AT WEBER STATE
November 5, 2014 VOLLEYBALL GETS SET FOR FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD TRIP
November 1, 2014 VOLLEYBALL POSTS COMEBACK 3-2 VICTORY AT PORTLAND STATE
October 30, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS FOUR-SET GRINDER TO FIRST-PLACE NORTH DAKOTA
October 25, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS AT MONTANA
October 24, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BACK ON WINNING TRACK, SWEEPS ROAD MATCH AT MONTANA STATE
October 22, 2014 VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO MONTANA FOR A PAIR OF MATCHES
October 18, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCH TO PORTLAND STATE
October 16, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
October 15, 2014 VOLLEYBALL PLAYS TWICE THIS WEEK; HOME MATCH ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
October 11, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCH TO IDAHO
October 9, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO EASTERN WASHINGTON, FALLS IN FIVE SETS AGAIN
October 7, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES HOMESTAND THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
October 4, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LOSES ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER, THIS TIME TO WEBER STATE
October 2, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FIGHTS BACK BUT FALLS AT HOME TO IDAHO STATE, 3-1
September 30, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BEGINS HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
September 27, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
September 26, 2014 SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS TO HOST OKTOBERFEST ON OCT. 4
September 25, 2014 VOLLEYBALL LETS THREE MATCH POINTS SLIP AWAY IN 3-2 LOSS AT SOUTHERN UTAH
September 23, 2014 VOLLEYBALL OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK ON THE ROAD
September 20, 2014 VOLLEYBALL SPLITS FINAL TWO MATCHES AT VALPARAISO TOURNAMENT
September 19, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS FIRST MATCH OF TOURNAMENT TO GEORGE WASHINGTON
September 16, 2014 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS UC DAVIS TONIGHT AT 7 P.M.
September 16, 2014 SHORT-HANDED VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO UC DAVIS IN FIVE-SET GRINDER
September 13, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BEATS BAKERSFIELD, WILL PLAY FOR TOURNEY TITLE TONIGHT
September 13, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNEY WITH 2-1 RECORD AFTER LOSS AT CAL POLY
September 12, 2014 VOLLEYBALL OPENS TOURNAMENT WITH 3-2 WIN OVER SAN JOSE STATE
September 9, 2014 VOLLEYBALL PLAYS AT NEVADA, TRAVELS TO CAL POLY TOURNEY
September 9, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS ROAD MATCH AT NEVADA
September 6, 2014 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO LOYOLA MARYMOUNT IN THREE SETS
September 6, 2014 VOLLEYBALL CONCLUDES TOURNAMENT WITH LOSS TO UC SANTA BARBARA
September 5, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS ITS HOME OPENER TO FRESNO STATE, 3-2
September 2, 2014 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS 12TH-ANNUAL SACRAMENTO STATE INVITATIONAL THIS WEEK
August 30, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS NAIL BITER TO MORGAN STATE
August 29, 2014 VOLLEYBALL DROPS SEASON OPENER TO UNCG
August 29, 2014 VOLLEYBALL BOUNCES BACK WITH 3-1 VICTORY OVER ETSU
August 26, 2014 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN CHARLOTTE
August 25, 2014 2014 VOLLEYBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
August 22, 2014 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS ALUMNI MATCH ON SATURDAY AT 5 P.M.
August 18, 2014 VOLLEYBALL ADDS ALL-STATE OUTSIDE HITTER LAUREN KISSELL
August 12, 2014 VOLLEYBALL TABBED EIGHTH IN THE BIG SKY PRESEASON POLL
April 16, 2014 VOLLEYBALL RELEASES ITS 2014 SCHEDULE