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VOLLEYBALL HOSTS IDAHO TONIGHT, EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY

VOLLEYBALL HOSTS IDAHO TONIGHT, EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY

Full set of game notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

The Week Ahead

• With just eight matches remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State (11-12, 6-4) will play twice at home this week, including a Halloween Night game vs. Idaho at 7 p.m., and a Saturday matinee vs. Eastern Washington at 1 p.m.
• This week concludes a stretch that sees the Hornets play seven times at home over a 10-match span.
• At 6-4 in league, Sacramento State currently sits in a four-way tie for third place with Weber State, Northern Arizona and Montana State. Northern Colorado remains in first place at 9-1, followed by second-place Idaho at 7-3.
• The top eight teams in the 11-member conference qualify for the Big Sky Tournament, which Sacramento State is hosting Nov. 28-30.
• Sacramento State is 5-3 at home this season, including 3-2 in league play. Dating back to the 2015 season, Sacramento State is 34-3 in Big Sky regular season home contests.
• The Hornets are coming off a gut-wrenching 3-2 loss at Montana State (19-17 in the 5th) on Saturday. That marked the team's sixth 5-set match of the year in conference play, and the Hornets are 3-3 in those outcomes.
• As a team, the Hornets rank among the top 25 teams in the nation in attacks (8th with 3,510), kills (17th with 1,191), digs (18th with 1,513) and assists (22nd with 1,090). Leading the way is senior Sarah Davis who is third in the nation with 416 kills, and first in the Big Sky with 4.38 kills per set.
• Speaking of Sarah Davis, the outside hitter needs just nine kills to reach the 1,000 kill milestone. She would become the 24th Sacramento State player since 1985 to accomplish the feat.

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. Idaho and Eastern Washington.
• 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 will enter Thursday's game with an 11-11 overall record and 7-3 conference mark. The Vandals are 3-6 on the road, including 2-3 against Big Sky foes. Each of those road losses to Big Sky teams have come in four or five sets. Idaho defeated the Hornets in five sets (15-5 in the 5th) earlier this year in Moscow.
• Eastern Washington, which plays at Portland State on Thursday, is currently 4-18 overall record and 2-8 in the Big Sky. The Eagles are 1-6 on the road, including 1-3 at Big Sky venues. The Eagles won their first road game of the season last Thursday at Idaho State in a three-set sweep. Sacramento State defeated Eastern Washington in four sets earlier this season in Cheney (Sept. 26).
• The Hornets are 4-6 all-time against Idaho, including three straight losses to the Vandals dating back to last year. Idaho was the only team in the Big Sky to sweep the two-game series a year ago against Sacramento State. The Vandals joined the Big Sky in 2014, and the Hornets are 2-4 against Idaho since that time. Sacramento State is 1-2 when playing Idaho in the Nest.
• Sacramento State is 37-17 all-time against Eastern Washington, including six straight wins in the series. The Hornets are 23-5 when playing the Eagles at home. Between 2000 and 2006, Sacramento State and Eastern Washington played each other in the Big Sky Tournament championship match seven consecutive years with the Hornets winning six of those meetings.

Hornet Notables

• Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis, who easily leads the Big Sky with 4.38 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 1,292 attacks and 13.60 attacks per set, second in total points (469) and third in total kills (416). She has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 17 straight, and 21 of the 23 matches this season. In addition, she is now just nine kills shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. Davis also leads the Big Sky with 5.02 kills per set in conference matches. If the season ended today, her 4.38 kills per set would rank as the sixth best mark in program single-season history.
• Sophomore setter Ashtin Olin ranks among the top five players in the league in two categories in league play. She is second with 11.18 assists per set and fifth with 0.38 aces per set. Olin has posted more than 40 assists in nine of the last 10 matches.
• In conference play, middle blocker Cianna Andrews currently ranks fifth in the league in blocks per set (1.13) and ninth in hitting percentage (.307). She has recorded double figures in kills in eight of the last 10 matches, and has hit better than .330 on six of those 10 occasions. She has set her single-match career highs this year in kills (2), hitting percentage (.538), blocks (7) and points (25.5).
• Outside hitters Sarah Davis and Macey Hayden, middle blocker Cianna Andrews and rightside hitter Kayla Subbert are the four Hornets to start all 23 matches this season.
• If she had enough attempts to qualify, middle blocker Sarah Falk's .385 hitting percentage in league play would rank as the second best mark in the conference. In 113 swings, the sophomore has 45 kills with just eight errors. In fact, Falk has one attack error or less in 11 straight matches.
• Over the last 11 matches, outside hitter Macey Hayden has combined for 157 digs. Her average of 3.53 digs per set in conference play is now the second best mark on the team. Hayden, who has at least seven kills in 19 consecutive matches, has posted seven double-doubles (kills, digs) this season.
• Libero Michelle Taynton has at least 17 digs in nine of the last 11 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 seventh in the Big Sky with 4.24 digs per set in conference play.
• 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.
• Of the Hornets' last eight Big Sky matches, four will come on the road and four will come at home.
• Sacramento State is 6-3 in five-set matches, 2-6 in four-set matches, and 3-3 in three setters.
Ruben Volta is just eight wins shy of recording his 200th career win as head coach.
• In Thursday's win over Montana, the Hornets recorded their 600th win during the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and are now 600-357 over that time period.