Volleyball improves to 10-1

State Hornet Staff

The Sacramento State volleyball team won all four of its matches to take first place at the Bulldog Showdown hosted by Fresno State University on Friday and Saturday.

The Hornets took all three sets from CSU Fullerton to complete the tournament sweep. The team improved to 10-1 overall with the victory and preserved the best start in school history since joining Division I competition in 1991.

The Hornets already have more wins than they had in the 2014 season when they finished 8-23. This historic start has only been matched by the 1981, 1983, 1989, 1990 and 1995 teams.

An incredible performance by Madeline Cannon resulted in her being named tournament MVP. Cannon racked up 37 kills over the course of the tournament, scoring at least eight points in every match.

Lexie Skalbeck received All-Tournament honors. Skalbeck was unstoppable and finished the match against Fullerton with 15 digs.

The tournament started on Friday at the Save Mart Center at Fresno State. Sac State beat both Central Michigan University and then UC Riverside 3-1. The victory against UC Riverside was the 100th win for Ruben Volta as head coach of the team. When asked how he felt about it, he said It feels good to win.

This is Volta’s eighth season as coach and he is an alumnus of Sac State.

The team followed up their dominance on Friday with two more victories on Saturday, first against Fresno State before completing the sweep against Fullerton.

“It was the team’s most balanced match,” Volta said regarding the final match against Fullerton.

Sloan Lovett led the team with 12 kills and Cannon finished her MVP night with 10 of her own. Fullerton was unable to fend off the Hornets’ assault with a hitting percentage of .141 to Sacramento’s .246.

It marks another first place finish for the Hornets since going undefeated at the Hampton Inn Suites Holly Spring Invitational last weekend. They look to make it three straight tournament wins when they host the University of Nevada, Kent State University and Santa Clara University at home next weekend.

Before hosting the Sacramento State Invitational, the team will hit the road and face causeway rival UC Davis, who are 4-6 to start their season.

Sac State will attempt to break a four-year losing streak against the Aggies at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Sac State leads the overall series with a record of 50-21, dating back to their first match in 1976.