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VOLLEYBALL DROPS TOURNAMENT FINALE TO HOST UIC

VOLLEYBALL DROPS TOURNAMENT FINALE TO HOST UIC

CHICAGO – Sarah Davis had 14 kills and seven digs, and Macey Hayden added 11 kills and nine digs but it was not enough as Sacramento State was swept by host UIC (25-18, 25-22, 25-17) in the third and final round of the UIC Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, the Hornets concluded the two-day tournament with an 0-2 record while falling to 3-7 overall. Sacramento State lost in four sets to Murray State and Bradley in its other tournament matches.

UIC concluded the tournament with a 2-1 record and improved to 8-2 this season.

UIC, which hit .297 for the match, never trailed in the first and third sets. In the second set, neither team led by more than three points the entire way before UIC closed on a 3-1 run. The Flames finished with more kills (42-39), digs (51-44) and team blocks (13.0-3.0) than the Hornets.

Sacramento State was led by Davis who finished with 14 kills, seven digs and a team-best .406 hitting percentage. Davis, who had 14 kills or better in all three matches of the tourney, was named to the all-tournament team.

Middle blocker Cianna Andrews also hit well, finishing with six kills, two blocks and a .400 hitting percentage. Outside hitter Macey Hayden joined Davis with double-figure kills as she finished with 11 to go with nine digs.

Middle blocker Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin had three kills and a .286 hitting percentage, Paige Swinney had a team-high eight digs, and setter Ashtin Olin added 32 assists and seven digs.

The Hornets, who have now played the first seven games of a season-long 12-match homestand, will return to action next week when they compete at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Hornets will play three times over two days at the tournament, beginning on Friday vs. New Mexico State and Alabama State.