Sacramento State’s volleyball team split their weekend matches against Montana and Montana State at Colberg court.
The Hornets dropped their first match Friday evening to the Montana Grizzlies in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) to fall to 9-11 overall, with a 4-5 Big Sky Conference mark. Montana improved to 8-10 overall and 5-4 in conference.
Senior outside hitter Kayla Reno proved to be too much for Sacramento State, leading Montana with 17 kills and a .486 hitting percentage.
Sophomore outside hitter Sloan Lovett would be the bright spot for the Hornets with 11 kills and a .333 percentage.
Sac State’s defense was not playing well allowing the Grizzlies to have 43 total kills and a .333 team hitting percentage. The Hornets finished with 40 kills and a .204 team percentage.
The Hornets would bounce back Saturday night when they took down Montana State.
Sacramento State cruised to a four set victory (25-17, 16-25, 25-16, 25-8) to move to 10-11 on the year, and 5-5 in Big Sky play.
The trio of freshman outside hitter Morgan Stanley, senior right-side hitter Kayla Beal and Lovett led the way for the Hornets.
Stanley wrapped up her night with 13 kills and a .611 hitting percentage, with Beal and Lovett following suit with 14 kills and 12 kills, respectively. Beal hit .500 for the evening while Lovett hit .444.
Freshman outside hitter Kennadie Clute had 17 kills for the Bobcats, but it wasn’t enough as her squad dropped to 5-15 overall, with a 3-6 Big Sky record.
The Hornets caused all sorts of problems for Montana State, finishing with a season high .398 hitting percentage to accompany 46 team kills. The Bobcats were held to a .095 team percentage and 37 kills.
Sac State was in control offensively, committing just 11 errors, while the Grizzlies struggled to maintain their composure as they finished the night with 27 errors.
The Hornets will play host to Portland State (11-9, 8-2) and Eastern Washington (7-14, 4-6) next weekend at Colberg court.