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.
November 17, 2018 VOLLEYBALL’S MATCH AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADO IS CANCELED
November 13, 2018 VOLLEYBALL MOVES TO 11-6 IN LEAGUE AFTER ROAD WIN AT PORTLAND STATE
November 10, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS AT IDAHO STATE
November 8, 2018 VOLLEYBALL DROPS 3-1 ROAD DECISION AT WEBER STATE
October 27, 2018 VOLLEYBALL SPLITS ROAD TRIP AFTER THREE-SET SWEEP AT SOUTHERN UTAH
October 25, 2018 WINNING STREAK COMES TO AN END, VOLLEYBALL FALLS AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
October 23, 2018 FIRST-PLACE VOLLEYBALL ON THE ROAD FOR A PAIR THIS WEEK
October 22, 2018 TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS! NOCETTI NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
October 20, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT, REMAINS IN TIE FOR FIRST PLACE
October 15, 2018 NOCETTI NAMED BIG SKY VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
October 13, 2018 VOLLEYBALL MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE AFTER SWEEP OF WEBER STATE
October 11, 2018 VOLLEYBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL, SWEEPS IDAHO STATE AT HOME
October 6, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS AT EASTERN WASHINGTON, NOW 4-2 IN BIG SKY PLAY
October 4, 2018 VOLLEYBALL’S WINNING STREAK SNAPPED IN 3-1 LOSS AT IDAHO
October 1, 2018 OLIN NAMED BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 29, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS THIRD STRAIGHT, BEATS NORTHERN ARIZONA IN FIVE SETS
September 27, 2018 VOLLEYBALL’S MATCH TONIGHT VS SOUTHERN UTAH PUSHED BACK TO A 8:00 PM START
September 27, 2018 VOLLEYBALL BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH, WINS 1,000TH MATCH IN PROGRAM HISTORY
September 26, 2018 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS A PAIR OF MATCHES; SEEKS 1,000TH WIN IN PROGRAM HISTORY
September 22, 2018 VOLLEYBALL WINS AT MONTANA STATE; NOCETTI SECURES 1,000TH CAREER KILL
September 18, 2018 VOLLEYBALL OPENS BIG SKY CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK AT THE MONTANA SCHOOLS
September 14, 2018 INJURY RAVAGED VOLLEYBALL PLAYS TOUGH, BUT FALLS TO PORTLAND
September 14, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO 13TH-RANKED WASHINGTON
September 10, 2018 SWINNEY NAMED BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 6, 2018 VOLLEYBALL HOSTS THE 4-TEAM SACRAMENTO STATE INVITE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
September 4, 2018 VOLLEYBALL COMES UP JUST SHORT IN 3-1 HOME LOSS TO UC DAVIS
August 28, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS ON THE ROAD TO SANTA CLARA
August 25, 2018 VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR SETS TO ARIZONA
August 24, 2018 VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEASON WITH 3-1 VICTORY OVER UTAH STATE
August 8, 2018 VOLLEYBALL SELECTED THIRD IN BIG SKY PRESEASON COACHES POLL