The Hornet’s women’s volleyball team lost a close five set match 3-2 against Weber State today, (25-17, 26-24, 8-25, 21-25, 16-14).
The women may have lost the match, but sophomore outside hitter Morgan Stanley set a school record of most service aces in a match. The previous school record was seven, and Stanley broke that record today with 10 aces.
Head coach Ruben Volta said that Stanley’s serving helped the team get excited and confident in their play.
“I think Morgan in game three, when she got on that serving roll, and when you get easy points, its easy to start getting confidence” Volta said.
The first set was a loss for the Hornets with a final score of 25-17. The team had a rough first set hitting .000, eight errors and eight kills. Stanley led the team hitting .333 sharing half of the team kills with junior outside hitter Sloan Lovett.
Stanley said that in the first two sets her team wasn’t in the right mind set to compete.
“In practice earlier we weren’t focused and ready to play this morning, and that really carried over,” Stanley said.
The second set of the match was another loss for the Hornet’s with a closer score of 26-24. The team improved in all aspects of the game, hitting .184. With seven errors and 14 kills, the women began picking up the pace of their play. Stanley led her team again in the second set hitting .290.
The third set was a confidence booster for Sac State beating Weber State fast with a score of 8-25. The team hit .375 and made only one error. Sophomore middle blocker Courtney Dietrich led the team in the third set hitting .400, Stanley not far behind hitting .368.
Dietrich said that in the first two sets the team was lacking effective communication and it was effecting the flow of their game.
“In the third set we started communicating more and playing as a team,” Dietrich said.
The fourth set was a second win for the Hornets at 21-25. With 31 attacks, five errors and 10 kills the team hit .161. The women hitting the best in this set were: Stanley .356, Dietrich .333 and freshman Shannon Boyle .222.
Boyle stated that the team was tired of coming up short and wanted to get a win.
“Something just clicked, all of us together were like, ‘It’s time to win,'” Boyle said.
The fifth and final set of the match was barely taken by Weber State with a score of 16-14. The Hornet’s hitting improved to .235, with only two errors. The squad had a total of 17 attacks and 6 kills in the final set.
With this loss Sac State is now 0-4 in the Big Sky Conference, and 5-14 overall. The squad will host Eastern Washington 7 p.m. Oct. 9.