TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS! NOCETTI NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN

TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS! NOCETTI NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN

Big Sky Conference standings

SACRAMENTO -- For the second consecutive week, senior Mikaela Nocetti was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. The outside hitter had another huge week while sparking the Hornets to a pair of three-set home sweeps of Montana State and Montana.

Sacramento State (13-11, 8-2) has now won five straight matches - all via three-set sweep - and remains tied atop the Big Sky standings. Since the league began giving out offensive and defensive player of the week awards separately in 2016, no player had earned the offensive award back-to-back weeks. In addition, a Sacramento State player has now received the offensive award three times in the last four weeks, including setter Ashtin Olin earning the honor on Oct. 1.

Nocetti finished the week hitting .366 with averages of 5.00 kills, 1.83 digs and 0.50 aces per set. In both matches, she led all players in kills while also hitting at least .300.

In Saturday's win against Montana, Nocetti had 18 kills, eight digs, an ace and a .415 hitting percentage. No other Hornet finished with more than nine kills. She had eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage in a 29-27 second set win, which included the kill on set point. She tacked on seven more kills and a .500 hitting percentage in the third set. Over the final two sets alone, she combined for 15 kills and hit .500.

In Thursday's victory against Montana State, the team co-captain posted 12 kills, two aces, a block and a .300 hitting percentage. She was the only player in the match to record double figures in kills. Nocetti had just three errors in 30 swings, and tallied four kills in the first set, three in the second, and five in the third.

Nocetti continues to lead the Big Sky with 4.08 kills per set while also adding 2.40 digs and 0.35 aces per set. Against Big Sky opposition, she has raised her average to 4.57 kills per set to go along with a .277 hitting percentage.

Among the nation's leaders, she ranks 14th in total points (409.5) and 16th in total kills (363).

Sacramento State is back on the road this week for matchups on Thursday at Northern Arizona and Saturday at Southern Utah.