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Big Sky All-Conference Team

SACRAMENTO — Highlighted by senior outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti being named to the first team for the second straight season, Sacramento State was represented on this year's Big Sky all-conference team by three players. That also included senior middle blocker Lana Brown and freshman setter Ashtin Olin named second team all-league.

The Hornets finished the regular season with a 16-15 overall record, and an 11-6 mark in the conference, good enough for the No. 4 seed at this week's Big Sky Tournament. The team will begin the postseason event on Thanksgiving Day in Greeley, Colo., against Idaho State at 9 a.m. PST in the quarterfinal round.

Nocetti becomes just the third Hornet outside hitter to earn first team accolades multiple times since Sacramento State joined the Big Sky in 1996. Nocetti (2017-18) is the first Hornet outside hitter to accomplish the feat in over 10 years, and she joins Atlee Hubbard (2005-06) and Carissa Buie (1996-97) as the only multiple-time first team outside hitters.

For Brown, it marked the second straight season the middle blocker has been named second team all-league, and Olin becomes just the third freshman in program history to be named all-Big Sky. Coincidentally, it was two other setters that were also named second team all-Big Sky as freshmen - Lisa Beauchene (2000) and Maureen Rafferty (1996). Rafferty was inducted into the Sacramento State Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2010, and Beauchene is being inducted this year.

A third-year senior after transferring from Portland prior to her sophomore season, she has appeared in 95 career matches, 352 sets and 87 starts…over the last two seasons, Nocetti has established herself as one of the top players in the Big Sky, having garnered first team all-conference two years in a row and currently ranking third in the league with 3.96 kills per set…also averaging 2.51 digs and 0.32 aces per set…named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15th and 22nd…has started all 30 matches in which she has played…currently has career numbers of 1,205 kills, 932 digs and 83 aces with averages of 3.42 kills and 2.51 digs per set…has recorded double figures in kills on 25 occasions this year, and 70 times during her three-year career…her kills per set are the seventh best mark in program history, and the kills are 15th most.

A fifth-year senior, Brown has played in 96 matches and 305 sets during her career…that includes 67 consecutive starts at middle blocker over the last two years…a second team all-Big Sky Conference selection two straight years, Brown currently has career numbers of 552 kills, 333 blocks and a .313 hitting percentage…the hitting percentage is the eighth best mark in program history and her career average of 1.09 blocks per set rank as the 11th best mark…this season, she is averaging 1.50 kills and 1.23 blocks per set with a .291 hitting percentage…leads the conference in blocks per set, and her total of 141 blocks are the 24th best mark in the nation…one of two Hornets to start all 31 matches this season…has at least four blocks on 23 occasions this year.

A redshirt freshman, Olin is the only freshman that is currently starting for the Hornets…first Sacramento State freshman in 18 years to garner all-Big Sky accolades…has a well rounded stat line of 0.89 kills, 10.33 assists, 2.24 digs, 0.84 blocks and 0.33 aces per set…the assists are fifth best in the conference and the aces are ninth most…also hitting .257 and has started all 28 matches in which she has appeared…has played with a knee injury the majority of the season, an injury that kept her out of three matches in mid-September…has 10 double-doubles and 19 different matches with at least three blocks…has gone over 50 assists on 10 occasions…named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1…has 10 matches this season with double figures in digs.