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BOISE, Idaho — BYU, ranked 10th in the nation by the American Volleyball Coach Association, completed a perfect 3-0 tournament after defeating Sacramento State, 3-0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-14), in the third and final round of the Boise State Volleyball Invitational.
The Cougars, who dropped just one set during the tournament, improved their season record to 6-0. Sacramento State finished the tournament winless in three tries, which included a gut wrenching five-set lost (18-16 in the 5th) to host Boise State last night. The Hornets, who are now 3-5 this season, began the tournament with a four-set loss to Missouri yesterday morning.
In the midst of a stretch that will see the team play a season-high seven consecutive matches away from home, the Hornets play at UC Davis on Tuesday followed by three more matches on Friday and Saturday in Kentucky.
In today's loss, BYU hit for a .539 hitting percentage, the highest mark ever posted by a Sacramento State opponent. Amazingly, the Cougars had just one error in 76 attacks to go along with 42 kills. Sacramento State had just 28 digs and finished without a block. The Hornets' largest lead of the afternoon came at one point early in both the second and third sets, but BYU responded with a run each time. That included a 11-0 run early in the first set.
BYU's hitting percentage was also its highest mark in the program's rally-scoring era . The Cougars tacked on 13.5 team blocks while limiting Sacramento State (27-25-95) to a season-low .021 hitting percentage. The Hornets did not have a player finish with more than eight kills or eight digs.
The Cougars were led by Veronica Jones-Perry's 13 kills and .565 hitting percentage. Fellow starter Cosy Burnett had seven kills and a .583 hitting percentage as the duo combined for zero attack errors.
Sacramento State was led by outside hitter Shannon Boyle's eight kills and six digs while rightside hitter Sarah Davis had six kills. Both Mikaela Nocetti and Lana Brown had four kills, Kennedy Kurtz posted 24 assists, and Brigitte Murdock had eight digs. The team used 12 players in the match.
The Hornets will now look forward to their rivalry matchup at UC Davis on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The two programs have played each other 73 times with Sacramento State holding a 51-22 advantage in the series.
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