VOLLEYBALL MOVES TO 11-6 IN LEAGUE AFTER ROAD WIN AT PORTLAND STATE

VOLLEYBALL MOVES TO 11-6 IN LEAGUE AFTER ROAD WIN AT PORTLAND STATE

Big Sky Conference standings


PORTLAND, Ore. — Sacramento State had 10 aces, and limited Portland State to an .083 hitting percentage as the Hornets posted a three-set road sweep (25-19, 25-19, 25-15) of the Vikings on Tuesday evening at Viking Pavilion.

The Hornets opened each set on big runs, including a 6-1 run to open the first, a 10-3 run to begin the second, and 10-5 to open the third. In fact, Portland State's only lead the entire evening was 1-0 early in the second set. Sacramento State limited the Vikings to just 27 kills with 18 errors in 108 total attacks. PSU's .083 hitting percentage marked the fifth time this season Sacramento State limited an opponent to a sub .100 mark this year.


The win put an end to a stretch of three road games over a six-day stretch for the Hornets, who moved to 16-15 overall and 11-6 in the Big Sky Conference. Each of the Hornets' last eight wins have all come via three-set sweep. More importantly, Sacramento State moved to within a half game of third place with just one regular season match remaining on the schedule. Sacramento State is on the heels of third-place Weber State (11-5) and Idaho State (11-5), and owns the tiebreaker over both those teams should they finish tied in the regular season standings.


The win also ended a three-match losing streak for Sacramento State, the longest streak in league play since the 2014 season. The Hornets will conclude the regular season at home against Northern Colorado this Saturday at 7 p.m. The Hornets and Bears will be playing each other for the first time this year. It will be Northern Colorado that hosts the Big Sky Tournament Nov. 22-24 with quarterfinal matches taking place on Thanksgiving Day.

Sacramento State has now won eight straight over Portland State dating back to 2014. This was the only matchup of the season between the two teams. With the loss, the Vikings dropped to 5-24 overall and 4-13 in the Big Sky.

The Hornets' 10 aces tied for their fifth best mark of the season, and second time they posted that many in just three sets. Five different Sacramento State players had aces, including three from Sarah Davis and Paige Swinney, two from Mikaela Nocetti and one each from Ashtin Olin and Skyler Takeda. The Hornets had 40 kills, 52 digs, 7.0 team blocks and a .236 hitting percentage.

Swinney's 26 digs were a match high, and her most against a Big Sky opponent this year. Davis led all players with 13 kills and seven digs, Nocetti had 11 kills and five digs, and rightside hitter Cianna Andrews posted seven kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Middle blocker Brie Gathright added five kills, four blocks and a .333 hitting percentage. The quartet of Davis (13), Nocetti (11), Andrews (7) and Gathright (5) combined for 36 of Sacramento State's 40 kills.

Olin had 34 assists, nine digs and three blocks, and middle blocker Lana Brown had a pair of kills and three blocks,

Sacramento State will play the regular season and home finale on Saturday vs. Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, Hornet seniors Brown, Gathright, Nocetti and Takeda will be honored for their contributions to the program.