FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Sacramento State was held to a negative hitting percentage for the first this season, as Northern Arizona cruised to a three-set sweep (25-16, 25-10, 25-15) of the Hornets on Thursday evening at the Rolle Activity Center.
The Hornets (12-14, 7-6) were swept for the first time all season by a Big Sky Conference opponent, and for the first time since Sept. 14. Sacramento State had just two leads during the entire match, an 11-10 advantage in the first set, and 1-0 at the beginning of the third frame.
Northern Arizona, which is the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champions, improved to 15-10 overall and 8-5 in league play. The Lumberjacks have now 11 straight home meetings against Sacramento State. In fact, during the series between the two teams, the home team has dominated, winning each of the last 19 matchups.
Sacramento State hit -.071, and posted season lows in kills (23), hitting percentage, assists (22) and aces (2). It was a rare night for the Hornets as they had played every Big Sky team tough this season, home or away. That includes a 3-2 win over Northern Arizona earlier the year at home (18-16 in the 5th). The Hornets saved a pair of match points in that victory.
Northern Arizona won the match from the service line (12 aces) and with a big block that register 10.0 team blocks. The Lumberjacks limited the Hornets to a .000 hitting percentage or less in all three frames.
For Sacramento State, Sarah Davis led the team in kills for the 20th consecutive match, finishing with 11 kills and five digs. Fellow outside hitter Macey Hayden had six kills, 10 digs and a block. Libero Michelle Taynton had 12 digs and an ace, and setter Ashtin Olin had 19 assists and eight digs.
Sarah Falk had two kills and three blocks, Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin registered two kills and Paige Swinney finished with five digs. Middle blocker Cianna Andrews, who was hitting .460 with averages of 2.63 kills and 1.47 blocks over her last four matches, was held without a kill and a block.
The Lumberjacks, who finished the match hitting .274, was led by Taylor Jacobsen's 10 kills, four aces, eight digs and four blocks.
Sacramento State is back in action on Saturday when the Hornets travel to Cedar City to take on Southern Utah at noon PST.