Volleyball slide continues as they open Big Sky Conference play

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The woes continued for Sacramento State’s volleyball team as they dropped their first two Big Sky Conference matches.

The Hornets fell in five sets (25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 12-15) to Eastern Washington (4-8) Thursday, then dropped their match Saturday against Portland State (4-7) in straight sets (20-25, 14-25, 11-25).

The two losses bring the team to 5-8 on the season, including a seven match losing streak. This is the longest losing streak for the squad since 2008 when they lost 12 consecutive matches.

The showdown with Eastern Washington was the opening match of conference play for Sacramento State. The Hornets won the first two sets, but could not stay hot and dropped the next three.

Sophomore outside hitter Allie Schumacher led the way for the Eagles, finishing the night with a line of 24 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.  

Freshman outside hitter Morgan Stanley was the top performer for Hornets with 15 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Sloan Lovett and senior right-side hitter Kayla Beal each had 14 kills.

Eastern Washington finished the night with a team total of 57 kills and a .188 hitting percentage, while Sacramento State posted 54 kills and a .191 hitting percentage.

Saturday provided more frustration for the Hornets as they were swept in straight sets by Portland State.

Senior outside hitter Aubrey Mitchell led the Vikings to victory with 11 kills and a .400 hitting percentage.

Sac State’s top performer was Beal who finished with 8 kills and a .304 hitting percentage.

Portland state finished with team totals of 43 kills and a .224 hitting percentage, while limiting the Hornets to just a .022 hitting percentage and 19 kills.

Up next on the Hornet’s Big Sky schedule is conference leader Arizona State (8-3) on Friday. This will be the first home match for Sacramento State since Sept. 7 when they hosted the Sacramento State Invitational.  

The match begins at 7 p.m. at Colberg Court.