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SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State received a match-high 18 kills from Sarah Davis, match-best seven blocks from Cianna Andrews and Paige Swinney led everyone with 19 digs as the Hornets beat CSU Bakersfield, 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11), on Friday evening inside the Nest.
The match was the second of the day for the Hornets, and fourth in the two-day, four-team Sacramento State Invitational.
With the victory, the Hornets improved to 2-0 at the season-opening tournament after sweeping Canisius earlier today. Sacramento State will now play for the tournament championship tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. against Nevada. The Hornets are 2-0 at the tournament while both Nevada and Canisius are 1-1 and CSU Bakersfield is 0-2.
The tournament concludes tomorrow when CSU Bakersfield takes on Canisius at 11 a.m., followed by the Hornets' matchup against Nevada. Sacramento State will be seeking its first 3-0 start to a season since 2016.
Trailing, 4-3, in this evening's decisive fifth set, the Hornets went on a 7-3 run to take a 10-7 lead and never looked back. During the fifth frame, Sacramento State had nine kills and eight digs while hitting .467 (9-2-15). Davis and Macey Hayden both had three kills in four swings, and Andrews had a pair of kills in four swings. Conversely, the Roadrunners had just five kills and hit .105 in the fifth.
With the help of 16 team blocks, Sacramento State limited CSU Bakersfield to a .138 hitting percentage overall. The Hornets also had 62 digs and used the impressive defensive effort to offset a sluggish offensive attack that accounted for just 50 kills and a .179 hitting percentage.
Davis' 18 kills accompanied seven digs, three blocks and a .275 hitting percentage. Andrews had career highs in kills (15) and blocks (7) while hitting a team-best .393 (15-4-28). Five different Hornets had at least three blocks, including Hayden's seven kills and four blocks, Kayla Subbert's four kills and six blocks and Sarah Falk's six blocks.
Setter Ashtin Olin finished with four kills, 40 assists and 14 digs. Swinney's 19 digs led all players, and freshman McKenna Smith rounded out the three Hornets in double-figures digs with 11. Hayden, Subbert, Davis, Swinney and Michelle Taynton each had one ace.
For the Roadrunners, who had five more kills than the Hornets (55-50), Brooke Boiseau had 17 kills while Rafa Bonifacio finished with 12 kills and 13 digs.
Tomorrow's matchup will mark the Hornets' last at home until Oct. 3 when the team takes on Big Sky Conference opponent Southern Utah. Sacramento State will not play at home during the entire month of September.
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