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VOLLEYBALL DROPS SEASON FINALE, WILL BE THE #5 SEED AT NEXT WEEK’S BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

VOLLEYBALL DROPS SEASON FINALE, WILL BE THE #5 SEED AT NEXT WEEK’S BIG SKY TOURNAMENT

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GREELEY, Colo. -- Sacramento State won the first set, but Northern Colorado stormed back to win the next three frames on the way to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23) victory over the Hornets on Saturday evening at Bank of Colorado Arena.

The match was the regular season finale both teams, and the seeds are now set for next week's three-day Big Sky Conference Tournament (Nov. 28-30) inside the Nest. Sacramento State will assume the No. 5 seed and take on No. 4 Montana State on Thanksgiving Day at 7 p.m. The entire tournament schedule is below, and every match will take place on Colberg Court inside the Nest on the Sacramento State campus.

THURSDAY, NOV. 28 - Quarterfinals
#2 Weber State vs. #7 Southern Utah - 11 a.m.
#3 Northern Arizona vs. #6 Idaho - 1:30 p.m.
#1 Northern Colorado vs. #8 Montana - 4:30 p.m.
#4 Montana State vs. #5 Sacramento State - 7:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 29 - Semifinals
Winner of match #1 vs. Winner of match #2 - 4:30 p.m.
Winner of match #3 vs. Winner of match #4 - 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOV. 30 - Championship
Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2 - 7:00 p.m.

With today's loss, the Hornets dropped to 14-17 overall and 9-9 in the Big Sky. Northern Colorado, the Big Sky's regular season champion, finished with a 23-7 overall record and 17-1 Big Sky mark. The Bears were the only team in the conference to sweep the two-game season series over Sacramento State.

The Hornets will open the single-elimination Big Sky Tournament against Montana State, which finished the year 14-13 overall and 10-8 in the Big Sky. The two teams played each other just once this season, and that resulted in a five-set Bobcat win (19-17 in the 5th) in Bozeman, Mont., on Oct. 26. The Hornets have won a remarkable 23 consecutive home matches against Montana State, and have not lost to the Bobcats inside the Nest since 1997. Should the Hornets beat Montana State, they would take on the winner of the Northern Colorado/Montana match on Friday at 7 p.m.

In today's loss to Northern Colorado, the Bears had more kills (64-55), assists (60-52) and digs (67-55) than Sacramento State. The Hornets had more team blocks (8.0-4.0) and both teams hit for respectable percentages (SAC .240, NC .258).

For the Hornets, outside hitter Sarah Davis led the way with 15 kills, seven digs and three blocks, while rightside hitter Kayla Subbert posted a career-high 14 kills to go with a pair of aces and a .440 hitting percentage. Over her last three matches, Subbert, a redshirt freshman, is averaging 2.67 kills per set to go with a .354 hitting percentage.

Middle blocker Cianna Andrews had eight kills and three blocks, outside hitter Macey Hayden seven kills and six digs, and setter Ashtin Olin posted three kills, 30 assists and eight digs. Freshman setter McKenna Smith had 15 assists and four digs. Middle blocker Sarah Falk had five kills, and defensively, Paige Swinney had 10 digs, Michelle Taynton nine digs and Paige Calvin two aces.

For Northern Colorado, Kailey Jo Ince led everyone with 20 kills and a .385 hitting percentage.

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