Volleyball makes its way out of a six-game losing streak


Sac State sophomore Sloan Lovett steps in to fill offensive void against Weber State during the 2012 season. 

Joe Davis

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team capped off a two-game home stand with a 3-1 victory over Weber State at The Nest on Friday.

The Hornets extended a season-high six-game losing streak when they lost 1-3 versus Idaho State, but the win over Weber State provided some relief and ended the skid before beginning a long road trip.

Sac State played to its strength with a strong defensive performance. The Hornets totaled 21 blocks on the night led by senior middle blocker Olivia Moss and junior right-side hitter Kayla Beal.

“As a middle blocker I just try to close in on the block,” Moss said. “A lot of that is set up by the right-side hitter and Beal did a good job setting up the block. All I had to do was get there and press over.”

Moss had 11 assisted blocks and 2 solo. Beal was tough on offense and defense with 10 assisted blocks on top of 13 kills.

Even with an effective defense on the Hornets’ side, Weber State continued playing aggressively and hitting into the outstretched hands of Sac State defenders.

“Usually they start tipping (the ball over the net),” Moss said. “It is nice when they keep hitting into (my) hands.”

Senior co-captain Jessie Genger is still out of the lineup while she nurses a foot injury, but true freshman outside hitter Sloan Lovett has been taking advantage of the increased role.

Lovett put together two consecutive big performances against Idaho State and Weber State. Lovett posted 24 kills in two nights.

Lovett said that she has overcome the early season jitters that come with being a freshman, which has helped her step up as of late.

“During warm-ups I have a little bit of nervousness,” Lovett said. “Once I step out and (hear) the national anthem the nerves are gone.”

Sac State is sitting in the bottom half of the Big Sky Conference even with this victory. However, it is not too late for the Hornets to make a run at a top-four position in conference, which would secure a Big Sky tournament berth.

“Obviously we are in a hole here,” said head coach Ruben Volta. “We have to start winning games and that is the bottom line.”

Sac State will hit the road Friday for a match against University of Montana at 6 p.m. Montana currently holds a 3-14 record in the 2012 season, good enough for second-to-last in the Big Sky conference. 

Joe Davis can be reached at [email protected]