Volleyball extends home winning streak to six

AJ Taylor

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball edged the Idaho State University Bengals in five sets Friday night as the team earned its third straight win and its sixth straight win at home.

The Hornets led in sets 2-0 but it was the Bengals that would take the next two, and force the game to see its fifth set. Sac State would eventually win the fifth set 15-7 and the game 3-2.

“It feels really good to get the win,” said head coach Ruben Volta. “I thought we played really well in the first two games and then I think they played really well in games three and four. I wish we could have pulled one of those out, just have played them a little tougher, but I’m really pleased we got the win. That’s a good team we played.”

This win places Sac State at fourth in the Big Sky Conference with a 3-2 record, and the team evens its record at 10-10 overall. With this loss Idaho State now drops to 3-4 in the Big Sky Conference, 10-8 overall.

The Hornets are now 6-2 at home after an 0-2 start.

“I feel like we have more of a home-court advantage than we have had in previous years,” said junior Kelsey Elston.

The Hornet’s offense, usually dominated by Janelle Currey (265 kills, 904 attempts), has seen many new faces in its stat column.

Freshman Kayla Beal leads the team in hitting percentage (.213), and has had a much larger presence on the attack in recent games.

Beal was third in kills three games ago against Eastern Washington University, led the team in kills two games ago against Portland State with 18, and led the team again with 20 kills and a .385 hitting percentage in Friday night’s game.

“I think that we’ve worked at distributing the ball,” Currey said. “It’s not necessarily that one player is hitting better than they’ve hit before its just that as a team we’re running it better.”

The Hornets now look to get their seventh straight home win against Weber State University on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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