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VOLLEYBALL PLAYS THE MONTANA SCHOOLS THIS WEEK, HOSTS MONTANA ON THURSDAY

VOLLEYBALL PLAYS THE MONTANA SCHOOLS THIS WEEK, HOSTS MONTANA ON THURSDAY

Full set of game notes (pdf)

Big Sky Conference standings

The Week Ahead

• Winners of four of the last five matches, Sacramento State (10-11, 5-3) will play twice this week, including a home match Thursday vs. Montana at 7 p.m., and back on the road for a matchup at Montana State on Saturday at 6 p.m. PDT.
• The Hornets have not played since their four-match winning streak was snapped last Thursday in a 4-set home loss to unbeaten Northern Colorado.
• Thursday's matchup against Montana will mark the midway point of the conference season.
• Sacramento State is tied for third in the Big Sky with a 5-3 record. Northern Colorado is 8-0 in league play, followed by second-place Idaho (6-2). Sacramento State and Montana State in third with 5-3 records, and Weber State, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are tied for fifth at 4-4.
• Sacramento State is 4-3 at home this season, including 2-2 vs. conference opposition. Dating back to the 2015 season, Sacramento State is 33-3 in Big Sky regular season home contests.
• As a team, the Hornets are 18th in the nation with 1,365 total digs, and 24th in the country with 1,066 total kills. Leading the way is senior outside hitter Sarah Davis who is third in the nation with 371 kills, and easily ranks first in the Big Sky with 4.31 kills per set.
• Of the Hornets' eight matches against Big Sky opposition, five have been decided by 3-2 outcomes.
• Sacramento State needs just one victory to earn its 600th at the Div. I level. Since the program joined the Div. I ranks in 1991, the Hornets are 599-356, good for a .627 winning percentage.
• This week marks the only time Sacramento State will play the Montana schools this year. The Hornets will play every other team in the conference on two occasions.

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 vs. Montana and Montana 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

• Montana will enter Thursday's game with a 2-17 overall record and 1-7 mark in the Big Sky. The Grizzlies have dropped five straight, and have a 1-6 record on an opponent's home floor. On Oct. 12, the Griz nearly won at preseason favorite Northern Arizona, falling 15-13 in the fifth set.
• Montana State enters the week at 9-8 overall and tied for third with the Hornets in the Big Sky standings with a 5-3 conference record. The Bobcats are 3-2 at home, including a four-set victory over Idaho State on Saturday.
• The Hornets are 31-14 all-time against Montana, which includes splitting the season series a year ago with each team winning at home. Sacramento State is 17-4 when playing the Grizzlies at home, which includes wins in six of the last seven matchups inside the Nest.
• Sacramento State owns a commanding 46-6 all-time record against Montana State, which includes 13 straight wins in the series, and 26 of the last 27 meetings. The last Montana State win came in three sets in Bozeman on Oct. 15, 2010. Overall, Sacramento State has won six straight in Bozeman and is 17-5 when playing on Montana State's home floor.

Hornet Notables

• Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis, who easily leads the Big Sky with 4.31 kills per set, ranks among the top three players in the nation in four different categories. The team co-captain is first in the country with 1,170 attacks and 13.60 attacks per set, second in total points (421) and third in total kills (371). She has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 15 straight, and 19 of the 21 matches this season. In addition, she is now just 54 kills shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. Davis also leads the Big Sky with 5.03 kills per set in conference matches. If the season ended today, her 4.31 kills per set would rank as tied for the sixth best mark in program single-season history.
Ashtin Olin, a sophomore, who was named Big Sky offensive player of the week two weeks ago, ranks among the top five players in the league in two categories in league play. She is second with 11.44 assists per set and fifth with 0.39 aces per set. Olin has posted more than 40 assists in seven of the last eight matches.
• The Hornets currently rank among the top 30 teams in the nation in three different categories. That includes 18th in digs (1,365), 24th in kills (1,066) and 30th in assists (978).
• Middle blocker Cianna Andrews currently ranks eighth in the Big Sky in hitting percentage (.281) and 10th in blocks per set (1.03). That includes last Tuesday against Portland State when she had 17 kills and a career-best .538 hitting percentage. She has registered double figures in kills in six of the last eight matches, including a career-best 21 vs. Northern Arizona.
• Outside hitters Sarah Davis and Macey Hayden, middle blocker Cianna Andrews and rightside hitter Kayla Subbert are the lone Hornets to start all 21 matches this season.
• If she had enough attempts to qualify, middle blocker Sarah Falk's .376 hitting percentage in league play would rank as the second best mark in the conference. In 85 swings, the sophomore has 38 kills with just six errors. In fact, Falk has one error or less in nine straight matches.
• Over the last seven matches, outside hitter Macey Hayden has combined for 115 digs, good for an average of 3.83 per set during that span. Her average of 3.65 digs per set in conference play is now the second best mark on the team. Hayden, who has at least seven kills in 17 consecutive matches, has posted five double-doubles (kills, digs) this season.
• Libero Michelle Taynton has at least 17 digs in seven of the last nine matches, and 20+ digs four times over that span. That includes 26 vs. Northern Arizona, a season-high 31 at Idaho State and 23 at Weber State. She ranks sixth in the Big Sky with 4.36 digs per set in conference play.
• Sacramento State is in the midst of a run that will see the team play five of six matches at home. That started last week with a sweep of Portland State and four-set home loss to Northern Colorado.  The only road game the team will play between Oct. 15 and Nov. 2 will come this Saturday at Montana State. The Hornets host both Idaho and Eastern Washington next week.
• Should Sarah Davis reach 1,000 career kills, she will become the 24th Hornet to achieve the milestone since 1985. The last person to notch 1,000 was Mikaela Nocetti who did it last season. Nocetti was a two-time first team all-conference selection and finished with 1,219 kills.