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The Week Ahead

• Fresh off a home split last week, Sacramento State (7-10, 2-2) is back on the road for matchups at Idaho State on Thursday at 6 p.m. PDT and Weber State on Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT.
• The Hornets have played in three consecutive five-set matches. Sacramento State lost to Southern Utah in five last Thursday, and saved two match points on Saturday before beating Northern Arizona, 18-16, in the fifth and final frame.
• Last week's home matches marked the first time the Hornets played on Colberg Court since August.
• Sacramento State is 1-5 when playing on an opponent's home floor with the one victory coming at Eastern Washington. The Hornets weren't far off winning at Idaho until falling in five to the Vandals.
• Thursday begins a stretch of three games over a six-day span as the Hornets will play next Tuesday at home vs. Portland State.
• Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after combining for 59 kills over two matches and an average of 5.90 kills per set. She easily leads the Big Sky with an average of 4.13 kills per set.
• Despite a pair of five-set losses, the Hornets have won four of their last seven matches after beginning the year with a 3-7 record.
• The Hornets have won at least 11 conference matches each of the last four years. That includes an 11-6 mark a year ago.
• Each team in the 11-member Big Sky will play 18 conference matches during the regular season, leading up the conference tournament Nov. 28-30 inside the Nest.

This Week's Multimedia Options

• Video will be offered for every match the remainder of the regular season as all conference matches are aired live and free via both Pluto.TV and watchbigsky.com. That includes this week's games at Idaho State and Weber State.
• Live stats will be made available for every match the rest of the season.
• All multimedia options (video, live stats) can always be accessed to the right of each match on the volleyball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

vs. This Week's Opponents

• Idaho State will enter Thursday's match with a 4-12 overall record and 1-3 mark in league. The Bengals have dropped three straight and 11 of 12 after beginning the season 3-1. Idaho State is 1-2 at home, including a five-set loss to Weber State and four-set loss to Northern Colorado last week.
• Weber State, which was selected to finish second in the Big Sky preseason coaches poll, enters the week 10-5 and 1-3 in the conference. The Wildcats played their first three conference matches on the road, and opened a three-match homestand last week with a 3-0 loss to Northern Colorado.
• Sacramento State is 33-15 all-time against Idaho State, but the Bengals have won the last two meetings. That includes a 3-1 victory in last year's Big Sky Tournament in Greeley, Colo. The Hornets are 14-9 when playing Idaho State in Pocatello, including victories in two of the last three meetings on the Bengals' home floor.
• The Hornets are 38-11 against Weber State, and have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams. Sacramento State had won seven straight in the series until Weber won in four sets last year in Ogden. The Hornets are 16-6 when playing on the Wildcats' home floor.

Hornet Notables

• Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis has set her new career high for kills in three straight matches, and was named the Big Sky's offensive player of the week on Monday. The career high run started with 24 kills at Idaho, followed by 28 vs. Southern Utah and finally 31 vs. Northern Arizona on Saturday. Her average of 4.13 kills per set easily leads the Big Sky (the next closest player is averaging 3.75). In addition, Davis is averaging 5.00 kills per set in league play, tied for the best mark. She has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 11 straight, and 15 of the 17 matches this season. In addition, she is now just 140 kills shy of reaching 1,000 for her career.
• Middle blocker Cianna Andrews has hit better than .380 in three of the Hornets' four conference matches and is averaging 2.89 kills and 1.05 blocks per set to go along with a .380 hitting percentage in league. The percentage is the fourth best mark in the Big Sky and blocks are eighth best. In addition, the junior has tallied double-figure kills in four straight matches, the longest stretch of her career. That streak is highlighted by a career-high 21 kills vs. Northern Arizona on Saturday.
• Setter Ashtin Olin has better than 50 assists in three straight matches, and her average of 11.32 per set in conference play ranks second in the Big Sky. She has double-doubles (assists, digs) in all four conference matches thus far. She set a new career high with 65 assists vs. Northern Arizona while also tying her career best with 18 digs in that match.
• Middle blocker Sarah Falk's .412 hitting percentage in conference play is the second best mark in the Big Sky. She has hit .400 or better in four of the last five matches, lifting her season hitting percentage to .309. In her last 30 swings (spanning two matches), Falk has just one error while accumulating 15 kills. That includes eight kills, six blocks and a .471 vs. Southern Utah, and seven kills, two blocks and a .462 vs. Northern Arizona. It was a Falk block that saved a match point at 13-14 of the fifth set in an eventual win over the Lumberjacks.
• Libero Michelle Taynton has at least 17 digs in five consecutive matches, including a season-best 26 vs. Northern Arizona. She is averaging 4.37 digs per set in league, the eighth highest mark in the Big Sky.
• Outside hitter Macey Hayden now has a streak of exactly seven kills in five straight matches. Overall, she has posted double figures in kills five times and double-digit digs on seven occasions. Hayden, a junior, posted a career-high 24 digs at Idaho two weeks ago.
• Rightside hitter Kayla Subbert has five aces in the last two matches after combining for six aces through the first 15 matches of the season.
Paige Swinney has started nine matches at libero, and Michelle Taynton has started eight matches at the position. Taynton has started each of the last seven.
• Of the Hornets' 17 matches, only five have been decided in three sets. The team is 4-2 in five setters, 1-5 in four setters, and 2-3 in three-set sweeps.
• Outside hitters Sarah Davis and Macey Hayden, middle blocker Cianna Andrews and rightside hitter Kayla Subbert are the lone Hornets to start all 17 matches this season.