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VOLLEYBALL HOSTS BIG SKY TOURNAMENT THURSDAY-SATURDAY; HOSTS MONTANA STATE ON THANKSGIVING AT 7 PM

VOLLEYBALL HOSTS BIG SKY TOURNAMENT THURSDAY-SATURDAY; HOSTS MONTANA STATE ON THANKSGIVING AT 7 PM

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The Week Ahead -- Big Sky Tournament

• For the 19th time since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996, Sacramento State (14-17, 9-9) will play in the Big Sky Tournament. And for the second time in the last three years (2017), the Hornets will host the three-day, eight-team, single-elimination postseason event.
• The conference switched to a predetermined two years ago, and Big Sky institutions went through a bid process to host the event. Sacramento State is hosting this year's tourney via that bid process.
• Next year, the Big Sky is switching to a format that will see the regular season champion host the following year's tournament. So, Northern Colorado, which won this year's regular season title, will host the Big Sky Tournament in 2020.
• The postseason tournament (Nov. 28-30) includes the top eight teams in the 11-member Big Sky, and features four quarterfinal matches on Thanksgiving Day, two semifinal matchups on Friday, and the championship will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m.
• Sacramento State is hosting the Big Sky Tournament for the 10th time (2005-07, 1997-01, 2017), and has won the championship six of the nine times it has hosted the event inside the Nest.
• The Hornets are the No. 5 seed and will play Thursday at 7 p.m. vs. No. 4 Montana State. Other quarterfinal matches Thursday include #2 Weber State vs. #7 Southern Utah at 11 a.m., #3 Northern Arizona vs. #6 Idaho at 1:30 p.m., and #1 Northern Colorado vs. #8 Montana at 4:30 p.m.
• The semifinals will take place Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the championship match is Saturday at 7 p.m. Should the Hornets win Thursday, they would play the winner of the Northern Colorado/Montana match on Friday at 7 p.m.
• The seeds are as follows: No. 1 Northern Colorado (17-1 in league play), No. 2 Weber State (13-5), No. 3 Northern Arizona (13-5), No. 4 Montana State (10-8), No. 5 Sacramento State (9-9), No. 6 Idaho (9-9), No. 7 Southern Utah (8-10) and No. 8 Montana (6-12).
• The winner of the Big Sky championship match receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Northern Arizona is the defending tournament champions after defeating Idaho in the championship a year ago and representing the Big Sky at the NCAA Tourney.
• The NCAA Tournament has taken just one team from the Big Sky 19 consecutive years, and Sacramento State is looking for its first trip to the Dance since the 2007 team advanced to the second round.

Multimedia Options For The Tournament

• There are two ways to watch all seven matches of the tournament, as viewers can tune into video streams provided at Pluto.TV channel 531 and watchbigsky.com.
• Friday's semifinal matches and Saturday's championship matchup will also be aired nationwide on Eleven Sports, which can be found on DirecTV channel 623.
• Live stats will also be made available for every match of the tournament.
• The tournament home page, which includes schedule, brackets, ticket information, multimedia links and more can be found at bigskyconf.com.

vs. This Week's Opponents

• Sacramento State played twice against every team in the Big Sky except for Montana State (0-1) and Montana (1-0). The only team to sweep both games of the two-game series against the Hornets was Northern Colorado. The Hornets swept the season series against Idaho State and split against Southern Utah, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Weber State, Northern Arizona and Portland State.
• In the Hornets' lone matchup against Montana State, the Bobcats won in five sets in Bozeman, including 19-17 in the fifth. In that fifth set, the Hornets saved five match points before losing.
• The Hornets have won an incredible 23 consecutive home matches against Montana State, and have not lost inside the Nest to the Bobcats since Oct. 18, 1997. Most of the players that will appear in Thursday night's match were not even born the last time Montana State won in Sacramento. Moreover, the Hornets have never lost a Big Sky Tournament match to the Bobcats (6-0).
• Should the Hornets beat Montana State, they would play in the semifinals against the winner of the Northern Colorado/Montana match. The Hornets were 0-2 against Northern Colorado, falling in four sets in both Greeley and Sacramento. The Hornets won their lone matchup against Montana, which came via 4-set win (25-14, 25-17, 24-26, 26-24) inside the Nest.

Hornets at the Big Sky Tournament

• Currently in their 24th season in the Big Sky, the Hornets are making their 19th appearance at the Big Sky Tournament, and have posted a 24-9 record at the postseason event.
• The Hornets have won the Big Sky Tournament title nine times (1997-98, 2000, 2002-07).
• That included a run of 12 consecutive victories spanning six years from 2002-07.
• Of the team's 18 appearances at the tournament, Sacramento State has reached the championship match 12 times with the only exceptions coming in 1999, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
• Of those 18 appearances, the Hornets failed to reach at least the semifinals twice (2008, 2018).

vs. Tournament Field (this year, all-time, Big Sky Tourney)

• #1 Northern Colorado: 0-2 this year, 14-15 all-time, 3-1 in Big Sky Tourney.
• #2 Weber State: 1-1 this year, 39-12 all-time, never played in the Big Sky Tourney.
• #3 Northern Arizona: 1-1 this year, 37-20 all-time, 2-2 in Big Sky Tourney.
• #4 Montana State: 0-1 this year, 46-7 all-time, 6-0 in Big Sky Tourney.
• #6 Idaho: 1-1 this year, 5-6 all-time, never played in the Big Sky Tourney.
• #7 Southern Utah: 1-1 this year, 11-5 all-time, never played in the Big Sky Tourney.
• #8 Montana: 1-0 this year, 32-14 all-time, 1-0 in Big Sky Tourney.

Three Hornets Named All-Conference

• Three Sacramento State players were named all-Big Sky, led by senior outside hitter Sarah Davis being named to the first team. Both junior middle blocker Cianna Andrews and sophomore setter Ashtin Olin were named to the second team.
• Davis was named all-conference for the first time in her career…her averages of 4.17 kills per set overall, and 4.42 kills per set against conference competition, both lead the Big Sky…the team co-captain currently ranks among the nation's top 10 players in four categories, including seventh in kills (526) points (599)…has led or tied for the team lead in kills in 27 of the Hornets' 31 matches.
• Andrews has started all 31 matches this year…named all-conference for the first time in her career…averaging 2.28 kills, 1.05 blocks and 2.89 points per set while hitting .290…against Big Sky competition, she upped her averages to 2.50 kills, 1.08 blocks 3.15 points per set while hitting .305…the blocks are fourth best in the league, and the hitting percentage is seventh highest.
• Olin was named second team all-Big Sky for the second straight year…becomes just the third player in program history to be named all-Big Sky during both her freshman and sophomore seasons (joining former setters Lisa Beauchene and Maureen Rafferty)…averaging a well-rounded stat line of 0.50 kills, 9.26 assists, 2.51 digs, 0.31 aces and 0.53 blocks per set…her average of 10.25 assists per set in Big Sky play ranks fourth in the league.